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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)

 

 

jatropha: money doesn't grow on trees

Friends of the Earth International, January 2011: Jatropha is still being touted as a biofuel wonder crop. But there is evidence that jatropha does not deliver on its promises. This new report lists ten reasons why jatropha is neither a profitable nor a sustainable investment.

jatropha: money doesn't grow on trees - Read More…

Clearing the air

Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, December 2010: Moving on from carbon trading to real climate solutions.

Clearing the air - Read More…

Clearing the air - summary

Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, December 2010: Moving on from carbon trading to real climate solutions.

Clearing the air - summary - Read More…

the abc of climate finance

Friends of the Earth International, December 2010: The involvement of annex 1 countries, banks and companies in climate finance.

the abc of climate finance - Read More…

Nanotechnology, climate and energy: over-heated promises and hot air?

Friends of the Earth International, November 2010: Very few people have looked beyond the shiny promise of nanotechnology to try and understand how this far-reaching new technique is actually developing. This report takes a glimpse inside and offers a judicious and balanced account of a subject we need very much to be thinking about.

Nanotechnology, climate and energy: over-heated promises and hot air? - Read More…

redd: the realities in black and white

Friends of the Earth International, November 2010: When it comes to climate change, REDD is the couleur dujour. "Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries” holds out the enticing prospect of mitigating climate change, conserving threatened biodiversity, and bringing much-needed development finance to poor Indigenous Peoples and local forest-dwelling communities - at the same time as offering significant profits to investors. All this immediately begs the question: is REDD too good to be true?

redd: the realities in black and white - Read More…

Double standard: Shell practices in Nigeria compared with international standards

Friends of the Earth Netherlands / Professor Richard Steiner Anchorage, Alaska USA, November 2010: Shell practices in Nigeria compared with international standards to prevent and control pipeline oil spills and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Double standard: Shell practices in Nigeria compared with international standards - Read More…

Who benefits from GM crops? 2010

Friends of the Earth International, September 2010: Every year, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, which is partly funded by the biotech industry, publishes figures on the cultivation of GM crops around the world. This annual review is never short on hyperbole. In response we publish a fully referenced report analysing the area of GM crops in the world, and providing evidence on their impacts in the countries that have planted them.

Who benefits from GM crops? 2010 - Read More…

Africa: up for grabs

Friends of the Earth Europe and Africa, August 2010: The African continent is increasingly being seen as a source of agricultural land and natural resources for the rest of the world. National governments and private companies are obtaining access to land across the continent to grow crops for food and fuel to meet growing demand from mainly overseas countries. This report discusses the scale and impact of land grabbing for agrofuels.

Africa: up for grabs - Read More…

What is environmental justice?

Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, August 2010: Friends of the Earth believes that tackling environmental injustice will not only protect people, but also the natural world. If you have healthy people, you get a healthy planet. But to do this we have to get to grips with some big problems.

What is environmental justice? - Read More…

Position paper: plantations are not forests

Friends of the Earth International, July 2010: Tree plantations are not forests. They are a monoculture which causes huge impacts throughout the world. Plantations are a huge number of very rapidly growing single species of trees of the same age that are sawn to occupy considerable land areas, with very high consumption of soil nutrients and water. When they reach their reproductive cycle, they are all cut down to the ground.

Position paper: plantations are not forests - Read More…

Working for development? ArcelorMittal’s mining operations in Liberia

Friends of the Earth Europe and Liberia, June 2010: This report takes a closer and more in depth look at Arcelor Mittal's activities in Liberia in terms of their contribution to the country's development. Time and again, ArcelorMittal has claimed that their Liberia operation is the successful example of their corporate social responsibility strategies and community engagement. This report looks into those claims and sees how far communities have benefited from their activities.

Working for development? ArcelorMittal’s mining operations in Liberia - Read More…

Losing the plot: Jatropha in India

Friends of the Earth Europe, January 2010: As India’s economy has grown, its energy demand has increased rapidly and the Indian government has looked to alternative supplies, including biofuels. The jatropha plant – a bush native to South America which grows in dry areas and can produce oil-rich seeds – has been identified as an ideal source of biodiesel, with a target set to replace 20% of diesel consumption by 2017. However, evidence suggests that jatropha grown in its present form is unlikely to deliver the benefits its supporters have promised.

Losing the plot: Jatropha in India - Read More…

Calling the EU's bluff: who are the real champions of biodiversity?

Friends of the Earth Europe and Latin American, December 2009: Global Europe and the EU's Raw Materials Initiative are designed to bolster the EU's economic position – whatever the cost – in the face of fierce global competition for both markets and resources, especially from emerging economies such as China and India. The EU also fears losing trade to the US, which has already secured trade and investment concessions from countries in the Western hemisphere, through the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) and other bilateral trade agreements.

Calling the EU's bluff: who are the real champions of biodiversity? - Read More…

Tar sands: Fuelling the climate crisis, undermining EU energy security and damaging development objectives

Friends of the Earth Europe, May 2010: A new report warns that global development of tar sands will magnify the climate crisis and damage the EU’s environment and development objectives.

Tar sands: Fuelling the climate crisis, undermining EU energy security and damaging development objectives - Read More…

Europe's demand for palm oil driving deforestation and land-grabbing

Friends of the Earth Europe/Netherlands, March 2010: One of the leading suppliers of "green" palm oil to Europe is causing illegal encroachment upon Indonesian forest and peat land, according to a report published by Friends of the Earth Europe. This report exposes the illegal activities of the Malaysian showcase company IOI Group and shows that the increasing demand in Europe for palm oil in food and biofuels is leading to deforestation, breaches of environmental law and land conflicts in Asia.

Europe's demand for palm oil driving deforestation and land-grabbing - Read More…

Overconsumption? Our use of the world's natural resources

Friends of the Earth Europe and other organisations, September 2009: 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.

Overconsumption? Our use of the world's natural resources - Read More…

Is world trade law a barrier to saving our climate?

Friends of the Earth Europe and the Center for International Environmental law, 2009: This analysis demonstrates that the WTO agreements can and have been interpreted in a way that allows ample flexibility for national measures designed to address climate change – particularly if they are adopted pursuant to a global climate treat.

Is world trade law a barrier to saving our climate? - Read More…

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