Climate justice and energy
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA, October 7, 2011 - Friends of the Earth International has expressed strong concerns over renewed attempts by rich countries to tear up the framework for global action on climate change at the United Nations climate negotiations today.
BONN, GERMANY, June 11, 2011 – A new report released today by Friends of the Earth International during the UN climate talks in Bonn this week shows that the World Bank Group has been increasing its investments in fossil fuels and promoting corporate-led false solutions to climate change, including carbon trading, that serve to deepen rather than alleviate the current environmental crisis.
CANCUN, MEXICO, 11 December 2010 – The agreement adopted at the UN climate talks in Cancun has failed to make progress on the most essential part: steep, binding emissions cuts for developed countries. Friends of the Earth International warns that this agreement provides a platform for abandoning the Kyoto Protocol, replacing it with a weak pledge and review system as a legacy of the Copenhagen Accord, that would lead to a devastating five degree Celsius warming.
CANCUN, MEXICO, 9 December 2010 – Draft texts on REDD (Reducing Emissions for Deforestation and Degradation) currently on the table don’t ensure forest conservation and look at forests only as carbon storage. They do not safeguard the rights of Indigenous People nor do they ensure the protection of natural forests.
CANCUN, MEXICO, 8 December 2010 - World Bank President Robert Zoellick is coming to the climate negotiations in Cancun today to announce the establishment of a multi-million dollar fund to promote the creation of carbon markets in developing countries. Friends of the Earth International strongly opposes carbon markets and the perverse role of the World Bank in climate change and carbon trading.
CANCUN, MEXICO, 6 December 2010 - For the second week of UN climate negotiations in Cancún, the biggest challenge is to keep the Kyoto Protocol in place as the mechanism for aggregate science and equity based developed country targets - established without markets or offset loopholes - and to prevent it from being pushed aside by developed countries to make way for a voluntary pledge-based paradigm. Friends of the Earth International demands an open and transparent process in Cancun, with no 'green rooms', to achieve this goal.
CANCUN, MEXICO, 4 December 2010 - To make sure the people's voices and demands are heard during the UN climate negotiations currently taking place in Cancun, Friends of the Earth International is engaged in several popular mobilizations.
CANCUN, MEXICO, 3 December 2010 – A new, secret text from the Mexica presidency, which would effectively begin replacing the Kyoto Protocol with the Copenhagen Accord, might be on the table this weekend at the climate talks in Cancun. Ministerial level officials are said to arrive early, before the start of the High-Level Segment next week, and may be presented with it this weekend. Friends of the Earth International is concerned by this rumor and urges countries not to accept any such proposals should they be put forward.
CANCUN, MEXICO December 1, 2010 – Japan’s recent announcement to abandon the Kyoto Protocol is a threat to vital progress needed at the UN climate talks in Cancun, warned Friends of the Earth International.
Cancun, 29 November 2010 - Dangerous forest projects are being established in tropical rainforest countries, in anticipation of agreement on reducing deforestation at the UN climate talks, a new Friends of the Earth International report shows today. The report comes on the first day of the UN climate talks.
November 26, 2010 - Ahead of the United Nations climate talks in Cancún that start on Monday, November 29, Friends of the Earth International calls on governments to reject the role of carbon markets in international climate agreements.
LONDON, November 4, 2010 - Speaking in advance of the anticipated release of the recommendations of the High-level Advisory Group on Climate Finance, tomorrow, convened by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon in the aftermath of the Copenhagen climate conference last year, Friends of the Earth's Climate Campaigner Asad Rehman said:
TIANJIN, CHINA, Saturday, October 9, 2010 -- With talks under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change set to close here today, members of Friends of the Earth International said they were disappointed by the lack of progress, particularly rich countries’ threats to abandon their existing legal commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.
WASHINGTON DC (US) / TIANJIN (CHINA), October 1st, 2010 – On the eve of a new round of UN climate talks due to start on Monday in China, Friends of the Earth International called on developed countries to stop stalling on deep emission cuts and to collaborate with developing nations to produce a strong, just climate agreement.
BONN (GERMANY), 6 August 2010 -- Speaking at the close of the latest round of UN climate talks in Bonn today, Asad Rehman, International Climate Campaigner at Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said: "As we approach the next major UN climate summit in Cancun, developed nations are strangling any hope of major progress by continuing to stall the negotiations.
Brussels/Maputo, Mozambique, July 14 – Friends of the Earth Europe has strongly criticised an agreement expected to be announced today by EU and Brazilian leaders to expand biofuels in Mozambique. The agreement to promote biofuels in Africa to power European cars is described as "immoral and perverse."
BONN, GERMANY, 11 June 2010 - On the final day of UN climate talks in Bonn, Friends of the Earth International warned that US intransigence is threatening vital progress in the talks leading up to the climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, this November.
BONN, GERMANY, 4 June 2010 – At the end of the first week of UN climate negotiations, Friends of the Earth International have warned developed countries to radically alter their plans over climate funding to prevent a repeat of the fallout from Copenhagen.
BONN, GERMANY – On May 31 the first major UN climate negotiations will begin following the disastrous talks in Copenhagen last December. Friends of the Earth International is calling on Yvo de Boer - the outgoing UNFCCC Executive Secretary - to ensure that the interests of all countries are represented fairly.
BOLIVIA, APRIL 21, 2010 – Thousands of environmentalists, peasant farmers, Indigenous Peoples and experts have gathered in Bolivia to participate in a groundbreaking conference on climate change which is also being attended by a delegation from Friends of the Earth International.