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Friends of the Earth International press releases.
 

Barrick Gold clean up your act! Right to life over gold profits'

TORONTO (CANADA), April 27, 2011 – Today, during the annual general meeting (AGM) of mining company Barrick Gold in Toronto (Canada), Friends of the Earth International is supporting a loud call from communities around the world for a halt to gold mining and Barrick Gold's destructive practices. Campaigners are present at the meeting and join a protest rally outside the meeting venue.

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Shell breaks promises again and increases gas flaring in Nigeria

LAGOS (NIGERIA)/AMSTERDAM (NETHERLANDS), April 19, 2011 - Despite promises made by Shell since the 1990s to stop flaring the 'associated' gas released in oil production in Nigeria, the oil concern flared more gas in 2010 than it did in 2009 in the West African country. This has come to light from the sustainability report brought out by Shell last week.

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FRIENDS OF THE EARTH INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES APPEAL AS SITUATION IN JAPAN DETERIORATES

TOKYO/ AMSTERDAM, March 16, 2011 – Friends of the Earth International expresses its sincere sympathy and solidarity with the people affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters in Japan.

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES APPEAL AS SITUATION IN JAPAN DETERIORATES - Read More…

cracks widen in biotech industry myths

AMSTERDAM / BRUSSELS / MONTEVIDEO / BENIN CITY, 22 February 2011 - Governments are being forced to protect farmers and citizens from genetically modified crops (GM crops) to combat biotech corporations’ stranglehold over farmers, and health scares from escalating pesticide use, according to a new report by Friends of the Earth International. [1]

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Shell under scrutiny for Nigerian situation again

THE HAGUE (NETHERLANDS), 25 January 2011 - Oil giant Shell will again be under scrutiny for the environmental and social impacts of its Nigerian operations. Tomorrow, the Dutch parliament will hold a hearing on Shell’s activities in Nigeria. Today, Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) and Friends of the Earth International have with Amnesty International filed a joint complaint [1] with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for Shell's unjust claims that almost all oil leaks in the Niger Delta are due to sabotage.

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BIOFUEL “WONDER-CROP” JATROPHA FAILS TO DELIVER

BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)/ABUJA (NIGERIA) January 21, 2011 – The much-touted biofuel crop jatropha is neither a profitable nor a sustainable investment, according to a new report released by Friends of the EarthInternational today.

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Cancun package merely prevents collapse and leaves kyoto protocol on life support

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.

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governments urged not to rush into redd deal and focus on effective forest conservation

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.

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World Bank should stay out of carbon markets and climate finance

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.

World Bank should stay out of carbon markets and climate finance - Read More…

cancun week 2: friends of the earth international analysis

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.

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nnimmo bassey to receive 'alternative nobel prize'

STOCKHOLM,SWEDEN/CANCUN,MEXICO, December 3, 2010 – This Monday, Friends of the Earth International chair Nnimmo Bassey will be one of the five recipients of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award. This award is often referred to as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'.

nnimmo bassey to receive 'alternative nobel prize' - Read More…

the people’s voices: mobilizations in cancun

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.

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rich countries must reject any secret text that puts in place process that could kill kyoto

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.

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Japan threatens progress at climate talks in Cancun

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.

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Forest deals set to harm the environment and reward corporate investors

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.

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Governments urged to turn away from carbon trading at 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.

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GLOBAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF KEN SARO-WIWA'S MURDER

NOVEMBER 10, 2010 – Today, on the 15th anniversary of the murder of the Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, remembrance activities are being organized all over the world by Friends of the Earth International and others. They continue his legacy of defending territories, resisting corporate rule and state repression and seeking justice for communities who suffer from the practices of companies like Shell.

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EUROPE'S BIOFUELS PLANS DRIVING SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, NOVEMBER 8, 2010 - Plans to increase the use of biofuels in Europe over the next ten years will require up to 69 000 square kilometres of new land worldwide and make climate change worse, a new study reveals today [1]. The report finds that an area over twice the size of Belgium will need to be converted into fields and plantations – putting forests, natural ecosystems and poor communities in danger, if European countries do not change their plans for getting petrol and diesel from food crops by 2020.

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UN ADVISORY GROUP ON CLIMATE FINANCE REPORT FALLS FLAT

NOVEMBER 5, 2010 - A new report on climate change financing options released today by a U.N. Advisory Group unwisely emphasizes carbon markets and other private finance options, while irresponsibly advocating an increased role for multilateral development banks (MDBs). Despite concluding that public sources of climate finance are available and promising, the report's findings downplay the role that public finance can and must play in helping developing countries deal with climate change.

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high level advisory group on climate change must avoid pitfalls

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:

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