Peerage for former Friends of the Earth campaigner

Green (Living) Review

Commenting on news that former Friends of the Earth campaigner Bryony Worthington has been made a Labour peer, Friends of the Earth's Policy and Campaigns Director, Craig Bennett said on Friday, November 19, 2010: "We're delighted that Bryony has been made a peer.

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Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Copenhagen (COP15): Friends of the Earth representatives have been barred from the UN climate talks in the Bella Centre in Copenhagen on the morning of Wednesday, December 16, 2009. Every delegate from the international environmental campaign group arrived at the centre on that particular morning to find their badges were no longer valid.

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For the Love of Bees, Take Action Against Bee-Killing Pesticides.

Elephant Journal

Do you love bees as much as I do?

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Palestinian Schoolkids Green-Up Jerusalem’s Holy Valley

Green Prophet

It’s a revolting image and annual reality: those pools are fantasy, but the waste is not. A team of pollution-weary Palestinians and Israelis are injecting environmental education into East Jerusalem schools, teaching young Palestinians new “green” habits.

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Marks and Spencer calls for plan to save bees

Green (Living) Review

Marks and Spencer has on Thursday, June 27, 2013 called on the Government to create a Bee Action Plan. The retailer joins businesses such as Co-op and B&Q, key scientists, 200 MPs from all parties, and tens of thousands of the British public asking for action on the issue. Friends of the Earth has seen an early draft of the Government''s plans, and fears tomorrow''s announced proposals will be too weak.

Environmentalists: “Explore Alternatives to Red-Dead Canal Project”

Green Prophet

Following the Israeli Minister’s green light for the Red-Dead Canal project, Friends of the Earth Middle East are calling for alternatives to the project to be fully explored. Since the very start, the Red-Dead Canal project has been fraught with controversy. The project which aims to revive the Dead Sea, which is shrinking one metre a year, by tunnelling water from the Red Sea has faced serious criticism.

Court rejects Northants wind farm plan

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reacting to March 8, 2013's High Court ruling against plans to build a wind farm on farmland at Barnwell Manor in Sudborough, Northamptonshire, Friends of the Earth's Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said: "It's understandable that changes to our much-loved green and pleasant land will often cause controversy, but the biggest threat by far - to people and nature - is climate change.

Fracking will not get economy growing

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In response to the announcement the British Geological Survey on the quantity of shale gas underneath Lancashire on Thursday, June 27, 2013 Greenpeace said, and rightly so, that it could lead to a surge in exploration activity across the UK, bringing increased traffic, noise and flaring to communities, while threatening house prices. From the tune being played we can see only too well as to who is paying the piper.

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Swedish Government Wins Greenwash Award

Green Blog

The Swedish right-wing government has won the yearly greenwash award in Sweden ! The greenwash award is given to a company or a person who have done the best job to avoid real environmental action, and instead put effort into creating a fake green image.

2010 106

FoEME Calms Water War Rhetoric Between Palestine and Israel

Green Prophet

News that the French Parliament accused Israel of using water “apartheid” unleashed a fury of water war rhetoric that Friends of the Earth Middle East’s Director Gidon Bromberg is trying to calm. Calming the rhetoric.

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Inequality between rich and poor nations helps fuel a climate of mistrust and sabotages efforts to secure a climate deal

Green Blog

The 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, which many have said was our last chance to take action against “ the greatest threat the world has ever faced ”, ended in a failure. The North on the other hand interpreted the phrase a bit differently.

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Beware of Silver Nanoparticles in Consumer Products

Green Living Ideas

We’ve been taught to be afraid of germs, and consumer products are full of promises of protection. One of the recent advances in antimicrobial technology is silver nanoparticles, aka nano-silver. Nano-silver is found in a variety of consumer products, from washing machines to dishwashers. Previous concerns have been raised about the [.] Beware of Silver Nanoparticles in Consumer Products.

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The name of our department is Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, and this story has them all.

Environmental Economics

This looks like they are sending up the benefit/cost bat signal: Four Nigerian farmers and the environmental group Friends of the Earth took oil giant Shell to court Thursday in the Netherlands to demand a proper cleanup and compensation for pollution in the Niger Delta. Based on "years of oil. pollution in three villages in the Niger Delta," it could have "major. The three villages. to Friends of the Earth.

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'Rotten' Apple told: come clean on Bangka tin

Green (Living) Review

Apple is still refusing to admit to customers that its products contain tin that''s destroying tropical forests, killing coral and wrecking the lives of communities in Indonesia, Friends of the Earth revealed on June 6, 2013.

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Big ideas change the world - starting with the city

Green (Living) Review

What are the Big Ideas that will change the world? Friends of the Earth is inviting your answers as part of its new project, which launches online on June 24, 2013 with a series of provocations, starting with the future of the city.

Voluntary approach to tackling climate change locally is failing - new survey

Green (Living) Review

A voluntary approach to tackling climate change locally is failing, Friends of the Earth warns today with new research revealing less than a third [28 per cent] of councils have an effective plan for slashing carbon emissions this decade and beyond. Friends of the Earth is calling for the Government's Energy Bill, currently being debated in Parliament, to make sure tackling climate change is a core responsibility for every council.

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Plans for new South East airport slammed

Green (Living) Review

London, Jan 18, 2011: Boris Johnson's backing on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 for a brand new South East airport has been criticised by Friends of the Earth. Friends of the Earth's London Campaigner Jenny Bates said: "So much for Boris Johnson's promise to make London the greenest city in the world - this airport would have a massive impact on local communities and wildlife, and completely undermine efforts to tackle climate change.

Environment Secretary to give GM speech

Green (Living) Review

Commenting ahead of Environment Secretary Owen Paterson''s expected speech on GM crops on Thursday, June 20, 2013, Friends of the Earth''s Head of Policy, Research and Science Mike Childs said: "The hyperbole on GM crops is akin to Bernie Madoff''s promises to deliver untold riches - there is no evidence they will deliver for farmers or food security.

Bat for Lashes joins Warm Homes campaign

Green (Living) Review

January 2011: Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes has spoken out about living in a cold, slug-infested student house as part of Friends of the Earth's new Warm Homes campaign, launched today. The musician is urging people to email their MP their own stories about living in a cold home at It comes the week before parliamentary discussion of legislation to help insulate the nation's homes begins.

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Europe plans greener farming policy

Green (Living) Review

Commenting on European Commission proposals released on Thursday, November 18, 2010 on the future of European farming policy, Friends of the Earth food campaigner Kirtana Chandrasekaran said: "The Commission is right to recognise the need to tackle the damaging impacts of European farming and the problems caused by our dependence on overseas sources of protein to feed our animals.

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Autumn 2011 Report From Cyprus

10,000 Birds

The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and Friends of the Earth (FoE) Cyprus have now released the report on their bird protection camp during the peak of bird migration in autumn 2011. In just over one week, two CABS teams located 3,817 limesticks, 23 mist nets and 32 electronic decoys in the main Trapping hotspot in Famagusta District. The report highlights four important issues.”

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EU announces progress on fast-start climate financing

Green (Living) Review

Commenting on an EU report launched today at the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, about the progress made on providing fast-start financing for developing countries in 2010, Friends of the Earth's International Climate Campaigner Asad Rehman said: "The EU might have made good progress by their standards - but this is because they have set the bar so low.

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Give people a voice in Localism Bill planning proposals

Green (Living) Review

January 2011: Major changes to the Localism Bill are needed to allow people have a meaningful voice in new Government planning proposals and to ensure the new system tackles climate change, says Friends of the Earth. The Bill was being debated by MPs in Parliament for the first time on January 17. "Planning reform is essential - but these proposals will not deliver the greener, fairer planning system we so urgently require."

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Activists project Pac-Man animation onto API headquarters

Green (Living) Review

On the night of Wednesday, April 14, 2016, environmental activists taking part in the Democracy Spring mass nonviolent actions projected 16-story high images on the office fronts of D.C.’s The visual protest aimed to spotlight exorbitant political spending against the environment. This loop played on the headquarters of the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. WASHINGTON, D.C. -

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Government Energy Bill will leave millions out in the cold

Green (Living) Review

Millions of the UK's poorest people will be left out in the cold by the 'Green Deal' to improve the nation's homes - a scheme at the heart of the Government's Energy Bill being launched next week - Friends of the Earth warned today. As 80 per cent of carbon emissions come from local activity - things like how we power our homes and get around - locally coordinated schemes to cut CO?

2010 109

Government planning reform must lead to green, safe and prosperous future

Green (Living) Review

A greener and fairer planning system must be at the heart of reforms reported to be published next week says Friends of the Earth. Planning reform is expected to form a prominent part of the Government's Decentralisation and Localism Bill. Friends of the Earth says it must play its part in shaping a safe, wildlife-rich and low-carbon future for the UK.

2010 109

Government must act on household waste mountain

Green (Living) Review

Limiting the amount of waste that households can throw out for nothing could be good news for council tax-payers and the environment, provided recycling schemes are improved, Friends of the Earth said today. A number of councils are reported to be exploring ways of preventing people throwing out unlimited quantities of rubbish - and charging those who throw away more.

Government attack on wind power

Green (Living) Review

London, UK, June 6, 2013: Commenting on Government plans to make it harder for onshore wind turbines to get the go-ahead, Friends of the Earth''s Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said: "Another day, another Government attack on efforts to tackle climate change. "Earlier this week the Liberal Democrat leadership helped torpedo proposals to clean up the power sector, now they''re allowing the Conservative right to scupper onshore wind.

Government warned over green economy plans as UK emissions rise

Green (Living) Review

per cent rise in carbon emissions, Friends of the Earth's Executive Director Andy Atkins said: "Our economy is as dangerously hooked on fossil fuels as it was twenty years ago - so emissions are bound to rise as the economy picks up. "The Government has repeatedly promised to build a low-carbon economy to tackle climate change and insulate us all from yo-yoing fuel prices, but the Treasury refuses to lay the foundations or pay for the bricks.

New Government energy rules could undermine climate strategy

Green (Living) Review

A new report by a committee of MPs of Wednesday, 26 January 2011, warning that new UK planning rules could lead to a new 'dash for gas' and stall low-carbon energy investment, has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth. The green campaigning charity is calling on the Government to amend its energy planning rules - or National Policy Statements - to ensure that they play their part in ensuring UK climate targets are met.

Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest faces fracking threat

Green (Living) Review

The chemical multinational, which relocated its headquarters back to the UK last month, appears to have agreed terms with the Forestry commission to start burying charges and spend up to two years using “thumper trucks” or vibroseis machines to search for shale gas.

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Action urged after weedkiller traces found in peoples' urine

Green (Living) Review

UK, June 2013 : The Government is being urged to take urgent action on pesticides after laboratory tests, published on Thursday June 13, 2013 by Friends of the Earth and GM Freeze found traces of the weed killer glyphosate in the bodies of people across numerous European countries, including Britain.

Glyphosate in human urine

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Friends of the Earth Trust reported on June 13 that traces of the weed killer glyphosate were found in the bodies of people across numerous European countries, including Britain.

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Just how friendly are your “bee-friendly” plants?

Green (Living) Review

Shutterstock We don’t want to kill your bee-loving buzz, but if you buy “bee-friendly” plants and seedlings from Home Depot or similar stores, then you could be unwittingly killing the bees that you’re trying to protect. The nonprofit published similar findings last year.

London climate change rally - world leaders must wake up to threat

Green (Living) Review

As international climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, reach their halfway point tomorrow, Friends of the Earth's Executive Director Andy Atkins will address a climate rally outside Parliament to call for urgent action to slash climate-changing emissions at home and abroad. Saturday's rally, organised by the Campaign against Climate Change, follows a zero-carbon march from Hyde Park to Parliament.

2010 121

Dismay as High Court gives London City Airport green light

Green (Living) Review

Residents, represented by Friends of the Earth's Rights and Justice Centre, took the council to court in November last year after it decided to allow a 50 per cent increase in flights. The community representatives argued that Newham Council failed to consider changes to Government policy on climate change and did not properly consult boroughs and residents in the surrounding area.

2011 116

Peter Kareiva on “What’s Good for Nature is Good for Business”

Nature Conservancy - Science

By Bob Lalasz, director of science communications for The Nature Conservancy . It’s wisdom that’s also increasingly being challenged these days — most recently during a lively debate last month in London sponsored by Intelligence Squared in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

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Israel Considers Building An Artificial Island Off Gaza Coast

Green Prophet

Environmentalists condemn Israeli plans to build an artificial island off the coast of Gaza to house a port, an airport and to encourage tourism. It seems that it is not only Dubai that harbours ridiculous dreams of artificial islands - Israel does too.

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A Funeral for the Dead Sea in Jerusalem Today

Green Prophet

We’ve seen naked people bare all for the Dead Sea , and a pledge by the Israel Chemicals Corp to pay billions in damage to save the hotels there. But this is not enough: The Dead Sea is dying and governments aren’t doing anything to protect it for future generations.

2011 102

51% of bee-friendly plants contain bee-killing pesticides

Green (Living) Review

But the problem doesn''t end with bad marketing ideas. It turns out that many of us who have tried to help bees by planting pollinator gardens may be unwittingly spreading those very same pesticides, at least if we buy from mainstream hardware stores and garden centers.

Giant Welsh incinerator proposal will be key test for new planning rules

Green (Living) Review

London, UK, Jan 4, 2011: Plans to build a giant new incinerator in south Wales have been slammed by Friends of the Earth. The environmental campaign charity warns that building a new incinerator in Merthyr Tydfil will undermine green waste policies, destroy jobs, and saddle local councils with unknown liabilities for decades to come. With a capacity of 750,000 tonnes a year, it would rival the biggest incinerators operating anywhere in the UK.

2011 109

Tighten screws on banks and world's richest to raise cash to fight climate change

Green (Living) Review

Taxing reckless speculators, a crackdown on tax dodging by the rich and big business and other alternatives to carbon trading could generate at least four times the $100 billion per year pledged by rich countries in Copenhagen to tackle climate change, according to a new report launched by Friends of the Earth on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. The proposals in the report have been tailored to avoid affecting ordinary people the UK and other rich countries.

2010 109

EU plans to phase-out cars from cities welcomed - but emission reduction targets still too weak

Green (Living) Review

Commenting on the low carbon transport plan unveiled by the European Commission on Monday 28 March 2011, Friends of the Earth's Transport Campaigner Richard Dyer said: "Weaning our transport system off its oil addiction is essential to protect people from soaring fuel prices and the planet from climate change - we're all paying the price for a transport policy that's been heading in the wrong direction for far too long.

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