Plans to cut resource use and waste across the European Union were given a boost today, with the European Parliament adopting their final resolution on amendments to the EU Waste Directives.
The European Parliament voted through increased recycling targets, reinforcing proposals from their Environment Committee in January. Significant gaps remain however, that could allow waste to be unnecessarily sent to landfill and incineration, and leave the growth in bio-based packaging unchecked, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
The European Parliament voted today on rules that would make companies more accountable to their shareholders, making a step towards a more accountable and sustainable financial system, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, ShareAction and WWF Europe.
The Shareholder Rights Directive is intended to tackle the lack of transparency between companies and shareholders – a significant barrier to challenging unsustainable business and investment practices.
Today marks six years to the day since March 11, 2011, when the Great Tohoku Earthquake led to the disastrous meltdowns in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). Six years on, the accident remains unresolved and people in Japan continue to face the consequences of a prolonged and unprecedented nuclear disaster.
The consequences are complicated and diverse. Due to the widespread radiation contamination, the lives of those who once lived with blessings of nature were lost and in many areas, dramatically altered.
Beacons, traditionally lit by communities along the coast of Norway to warn of imminent danger, will light up across Europe today to highlight the renewed threat to Norway's pristine arctic coastlines from the oil industry.
Today on International Women's Day, we are sharing voices gathered by Friends of the Earth International of women and transgender activists around the world. Patriarchy is so entrenched in some cultures that some people do not realise it railroads their rights and freedoms. Some cultures feel the fight for equality is over. Some genders are fighting for recognition, the battle for equality has barely begun. We hope that the voices from the Friends of the Earth International federation give hope and inspiration.
The European Central Bank (ECB) must stop pouring billions of euros into fossil fuel companies and aggravating climate change through its opaque 'quantitative easing' investments in polluting industries, according to a broad coalition of 70 civil society organisations. The call comes one day ahead of the European Central Bank's monthly monetary policy meeting.
The building of an EU-funded motorway linking Bulgaria and Greece, through Kresna Gorge – a stunning wildlife haven protected by EU nature laws – would be a disaster for nature and local people, and could result in up to €781 million being returned to the European Commission, claim Bulgarian and international NGO experts.
After backtracking on a decision to shoot 47 of the country's 70 remaining wolves last December, the Norwegian government has threatened to put the wolves back in the firing line by opening up its nature protection law.
The Department of Climate and Environment is suggesting changes to the country's main nature protection law – Naturmangfoldloven –to make it easier to hunt and kill wolves, bears and wolverines. All of these are endangered species that Norway has an international responsibility to protect, through the Bern convention.
'Dieselgate' was the result of corporate-driven deregulation, with both member states and European institutions complicit in turning a blind eye to industry-wide abuse, according to a report released today by Corporate Europe Observatory and Friends of the Earth Europe.
The Balkans are home to Europe's last wild waterways – unique habitats about which little is known, and home to a number of endangered species. But water isn't the only thing flowing freely through the region – hundreds of millions of Euros are rolling into the country to prop up thousands of hydropower projects.
In Bosnia & Herzegovina alone, almost 300 dams are built, under construction or planned for the country's 244 rivers. These projects wreck local ecosystems, putting endangered species and rare habitats under threat.