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Society must change to address climate crisis, say scientists

Society must change to address climate crisis, say scientists

BERLIN, GERMANY, April 7, 2014 -- Avoiding dangerous climate change will require not just rapid reductions in fossil fuel use but also a revolution in the structures of our economies and societies, according to a momentous UN scientific report on climate change to be released on April 13 in Berlin. [1]

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Forests need proper definition, NGOs tell FAO

MEDIA ADVISORY, 27 March, 2014 -- La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International, Focus on the Global South, World Rainforest Movement and more than 120 organizations from around the world sent a letter to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, in Rome, on the occasion of March 21st, the UN International Day of Forest.

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Scientists expected to warn of more extreme weather due to climate change

Scientists expected to warn of more extreme weather due to climate change

TOKYO, JAPAN, March 26, 2014 – A key UN science report on climate change to be released in Japan on March 31 is likely to state that climate change is leading to more extreme weather, and that this will cause significant damage in both rich and poor countries.

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Israeli water company Mekorot under pressure from NGOs

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, March 20, 2014 – The environmental federation Friends of the Earth International announced its support today for a campaign exposing the discriminatory practices of Israeli state water company Mekorot in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. [1]

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Bold U.N. right to food report 'the only recipe for hunger eradication'

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 10, 2014 – Friends of the Earth International commended a groundbreaking report presented today by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food. The report calls for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger. [1]

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Friends of the Earth International deplores NSA bugging of climate negotiations

WASHINGTON DC, 30 January 2014 – Commenting on the news that the US National Security Agency spied on climate negotiators at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit [1], Dipti Bhatnagar, Friends of the Earth International Climate Justice and Energy coordinator said: “This scandal may be the straw that broke the camels' back. President Obama must put an end to surveillance activities and stop undermining the UN climate negotiations.”

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UN land crisis report: high demand creating hunger and environmental destruction

DAVOS (SWITZERLAND) / LONDON (UK), 24 January 2014 – Commenting on a key United Nations report on global land use launched today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, highlighting risks to people and the environment from increasing global competition for land, Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Friends of the Earth International food sovereignty coordinator said:

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Water financialization exposed in new report on eve of WTO meeting

Water financialization exposed in new report on eve of WTO meeting

BALI (INDONESIA), December 2, 2013 – On the eve of a key World Trade Organization meeting in Bali [1], Friends of the Earth International launched a new report exposing how trade and investment strategies, including WTO negotiations, act as economic drivers of water financialization. [2]

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Warsaw climate talks: dirtiest climate conference on record

WARSAW, POLAND, November 22, 2013 – Commenting on the last day of the UN climate talks in Warsaw, where civil society organisations representing millions of people around the world walked out of the conference in an unprecedented protest, Jagoda Munic, chairperson of Friends of the Earth International said: “The only success of the dirtiest climate conference on record is the fact that civil society walked out and started a domino effect already reaching our home countries, where ordinary citizens are joining the struggle for climate justice.”

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Civil society walks out of Warsaw climate talks, says hope lies with building peoples' power

WARSAW, POLAND, November 21, 2013 – Today, one day before the planned conclusion of the Warsaw UN climate talks, hundreds of individuals from all continents representing social movements, trade unions and non-governmental organizations – including Friends of the Earth International - walked out of the UN climate conference in protest. [1]

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Japan's Climate Inaction Strongly Denounced

WARSAW, POLAND, November 15, 2013 -- Friends of the Earth International today strongly denounced the Japanese government which stated at the UN climate talks that it is breaking its promises to reduce climate change-causing greenhouse gases. [1]

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Energy Road Map Offers Hope for Climate-Safe Planet

WARSAW (POLAND), November 7, 2013 – Today, ahead of United Nations climate talks where governments will discuss the world's energy system, Friends of the Earth International has released a new report outlining its vision of a climate-safe, sustainable and just energy system - and a road map to achieving it. [1]

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Sustainable Tropical Timber Mostly a Mirage, Says New Report

PENANG (MALAYSIA), October 25, 2013 – Deforestation of Southeast Asian rainforests and logging-related human rights violations are major problems compounded by global over-consumption of tropical timber products and by inadequate laws, according to a new Friends of the Earth International report released today. [1]

Sustainable Tropical Timber Mostly a Mirage, Says New Report - Read More…

Global Protests Target Coal - Warn of Dirty Energy's Impact on Climate

Today, 22 October 2013, protests are being staged across the world as a part of an international day of action against coal, the world’s largest dirty energy source.

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Visit to Palestine Exposes Environmental Injustices and Human Rights Abuses Under the Israeli Occupation

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (PALESTINE), October 14, 2013 – A four day high-level Friends of the Earth International visit to Friends of the Earth Palestine (also known as PENGON) concluded on October 13th, when Friends of the Earth International chair Jagoda Munic presented a report during a press conference in Ramallah.

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Reaction to IPCC Climate Report

STOCKHOLM (SWEDEN), September 27, 2013 – Commenting on a landmark review of climate change science released today [1], Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Friends of the Earth International Climate Justice and Energy Coordinator said: “The world’s scientists have spoken, affirming once again and now with absolute certainty that climate change caused by humans is happening and that it poses a severe and immediate threat to our future and that of the planet."

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Urgent Action Needed As Scientists Warn On Scale of Climate Crisis

STOCKHOLM (SWEDEN), September 20, 2013 – Commenting on a forthcoming key science report on climate change, Friends of the Earth International warns that this report will confirm the need for urgent action to address the climate crisis. [1]

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Liberia Spending Too Little on Agriculture

Civil society raises concerns on prioritization of land allocation to foreign investors and insufficient public agricultural budget MONROVIA (LIBERIA), September 12, 2013 – The Liberian government is spending just two per cent of its budget on agriculture, despite Africa-wide consensus since 2003 that spending must be raised to ten per cent. [1]

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European investments assist land grabs in Liberia

European investments assist land grabs in Liberia

BRUSSELS (BELGIUM) / MONROVIA (LIBERIA), June 24, 2013 - European banks, pension funds and private equity funds have given financial assistance worth more than €450 million to Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby, responsible for environmental degradation and violations of national regulations in Liberia.

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Nigeria: Oil giant Shell criticized over Nigeria pipelines ‘sabotage’ claims

Friends of the Earth International and Amnesty International AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, 19 JUNE 2013 – Claims by Shell that sabotage is responsible for most oil spilt in Nigeria have come under fire. A Dutch agency found that the oil giant’s statements were based on disputed evidence and flawed investigations.

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