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Reports by Friends of the Earth International and member groups on water.

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overconsumption?

Natural resources, including materials, water, energy and fertile land, are the basis for our life on Earth. However, humanity’s rapidly growing consumption of these resources is causing severe damage. It is essential to start a debate about European resource use and its environmental and social impacts around the world. In order to help facilitate this debate, this report aims to provide a compilation of information on current trends in European and global resource use. (Friends of the Earth Europe and other organisations, September 2009)

 

 

nature: poor people’s wealth - the importance of natural resources in poverty eradication

Friends of the Earth International, July 2005: There is a direct and critical link between environmental degradation and rural poverty. Our groups on the ground and the communities they work with can also bear witness to the fact that neoliberal economic globalization has increased environmental devastation and poverty among natural resource dependent people. In this publication, we will illustrate the tragic cycle between the over-exploitation of the environment; loss of cultural, political and economic self-determination; inequity; hunger; and poverty.

nature: poor people’s wealth - the importance of natural resources in poverty eradication - Read More…

nature for sale: the impacts of privatizing water and biodiversity

Friends of the Earth International International, January 2005: Friends of the Earth International is actively resisting the corporate take-over of nature’s wealth. We are fighting for people's rights - to water, land, seeds and knowledge. The 34 national stories gathered in this publication document not only the negative social and environmental impact of water and biodiversity privatization, but also how our member groups are actively resisting such privatization in their countries.

nature for sale: the impacts of privatizing water and biodiversity - Read More…

genetically modified crops - a decade of failure [1994-2004]

Friends of the Earth International, February 2004: The first decade of the commercialization of genetically modified (GM) crops was a resounding failure for biotech companies. The first GM crop was commercialized in 1994, and now, ten years later, the promises made by the biotech industry and its powerful lobby groups have still not materialized. Meanwhile, the global opposition to GM crops continues to swell.

genetically modified crops - a decade of failure [1994-2004] - Read More…

Our environment, our rights: standing up for people and the planet

Friends of the Earth International, August 2004: This report details the ties between the environment and human rights and why FoEI is committed as a network to fight for the protection of the human and environmental rights of the people and communities it works with around the world.

Our environment, our rights: standing up for people and the planet - Read More…

The European Investment Bank in the South - In whose interest?

January 2006: In the 1960’s the EIB started to finance projects in Africa and today about ten percent of the EIB’s financing is outside Europe, in countries from China to Brazil. This lending covers a wide spectrum of project investments including in energy, water, communication, industry and financial intermediaries. But in whose interests are these projects?

The European Investment Bank in the South - In whose interest? - Read More…

the tyranny of free trade: wasted natural wealth and lost livelihoods

December 2005: This publication exposes the danger that current trade negotiations pose to people and their environments around the world. The privatization of forests, traditional knowledge, seeds and medicines undermines indigenous and community rights, as shown by case studies from Central America and Indonesia.

the tyranny of free trade: wasted natural wealth and lost livelihoods - Read More…

Hands off! - Why international financial institutions must stop drilling, piping and mining

Friends of the Earth International, December 2003: As 2003 drew to a close, the streets of Bolivia were crowded with people full of outrage and despair. They were protesting against the export of their national gas reserves.

Hands off! - Why international financial institutions must stop drilling, piping and mining - Read More…

Who Benefits from GM crops? - 2007 executive summary

Friends of the Earth International, January 2007: Summary from the report 'Who benefits from GM crops? An Analysis of the global performance of genetically modified (GM) crops 1996-2006'. In 2006 the spread of Genetically Modified (GM) crops worldwide showed signs of stalling. Production of GM crops on a large scale continued to be limited to a few crops and countries and have not addressed the main agricultural problems and challenges facing farmers in most countries. They have not proven to be superior to conventional crops, and the ‘second generation’ GM farm crops with attractive “food traits” promised by the industry has not appeared.

Who Benefits from GM crops? - 2007 executive summary - Read More…

water justice for all: global and local resistance to the control and commodification of water

Friends of the Earth International, January 2003: This report highlights the inequities in the way that water is consumed around the world.

water justice for all: global and local resistance to the control and commodification of water - Read More…

What's wrong with world trade and what you can do about it

Friends of the Earth Europe, January 2001: This paper presents the growing consequences associated with global trade.

What's wrong with world trade and what you can do about it - Read More…

The impact of climate change on small island states

Friends of the Earth Australia, June 2003: Although Pacific island nations are responsible for only 0.06% of global greenhouse gas emissions, they are recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as amongst the most vulnerable to climate change impacts.

The impact of climate change on small island states - Read More…

water for life and livelihoods: briefing paper

Friends of the Earth International, March 2003: This report is a detailed observation of the worlds growing crisis concerning fresh drinking water.

water for life and livelihoods: briefing paper - Read More…

the world trade system: how it works and what’s wrong with it

Friends of the Earth International, August 2003: This report offers a deep analysis of the current drive to liberalise trade promotes inequality, is undemocratic, and degrades the environment, social structures and cultural diversity. Critically, the underlying principles on which the free trade system is based are fundamentally flawed. The present trading system promotes the free movement of goods, services and capital as a goal in itself, rather than ensuring that such international trade promotes sustainable and equitable development.

the world trade system: how it works and what’s wrong with it - Read More…

exxon’s climate footprint

Friends of the Earth International, January 2004: For years ExxonMobil has been active in undermining climate science and policy making and has been a large producer of emissions worldwide. This report brings light to the contribution of ExxonMobil to climate change since 1882.

exxon’s climate footprint - Read More…

Flying with Big Business: The European Investment Bank and The Aviation Industry

A report by Friends of the Earth International & CEE Bankwatch Network with contributions from Milieudefensie, Za Zemiata and HACAN ClearSkies, November 2003: The report examines the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) financial supporting of the aviation industry and looks closely at three case studies: 1. Schiphol Airport Extension, The Netherlands 2. Heathrow Airport Extension, United Kingdom 3. Sofia Airport, Bulgaria

Flying with Big Business: The European Investment Bank and The Aviation Industry - Read More…

Gathering Storm: the human cost of climate change

Friends of the Earth International, September 2000: As long as governments ignore the dangers posed by human-induced climate change, people will be exposed to unacceptable risks.

Gathering Storm: the human cost of climate change - Read More…

Key impacts on the global environment and livelihoods

Friends of the Earth International, December 2005: The European Union, The US administration and their allies have ignored the demands of thousands of peasant farmers and fisherfolk prior to the WTO's 6th Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong.

Key impacts on the global environment and livelihoods - Read More…

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