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)
Friends of the Earth International, December 2008: Will forests' role in regulating the global climate be hindered by climate change? This information briefing aims to bring together available current and/or relevant research to inform discussion about reducing carbon emissions from deforestation, especially within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Friends of the Earth International, December 2008: A critical review of proposed mechanisms to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries.
Friends of the Earth International, October 2008: A commentary on the sustainability claims of Malaysia’s palm oil lobby, with a special focus on the state of Sarawak. Full report.
Friends of the Earth International, August 2008: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is now actively pursuing agrofuels as a clean energy and development strategy. But recent research shows that agrofuels are not a climate solution, and the additional negative impacts of large-scale agrofuels production on land use, ecosystems, and environmental health are substantial.
Friends of the Earth International, September 2008: This report looks at current and proposed developments in a number of Southern and Central American countries, all of which are scaling up agrofuel production at alarming rates to meet domestic and, increasingly, export demand to supply diesel and gasoline to Europe and the US.
Friends of the Earth International, 2008: Human civilization has played a role in forest destruction for millennia. However, in the recent decades this devastation has become commonplace, and has reached a scale and pace of destruction that is unprecedented. Primary forests are the home and foundation for the rich cultures and lifestyles of more than 1 billion Indigenous people. Another four billion live in communities adjacent to, or dependent in some form or another, on forests.
Friends of the Earth International, April 2008: Friends of the Earth International strongly rejects the current process of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS). The Roundtable completely fails to address the major social and environmental impacts of industrial-scale soy cultivation and frustrates real solutions.
Friends of the Earth U.S, April 2008: Brazil and Haiti: Policy Brief on the Inter-American Development Bank Agrofuels Strategy.
Friends of the Earth England, Wales & Northern Ireland, LifeMosaic and Sawit Watch, February 2008: This report addresses the human rights impacts of oil palm plantation expansion in Indonesia.
Friends of the Earth International, February 2008
This paper sets forth information on the increased number and type of vessels operating in the Southern Ocean, and recent incidents. Given that IMO has designated the Southern Ocean a special area, the paper suggests subjects for the IMO to consider, including vessel ice-strengthening standards; banning use of heavier grade fuel oils; discharges of oily substances, sewage, graywater and waste; introduction of alien species through ballast water, hull fouling and other pathways; and establishment of a vessel traffic monitoring and information system for vessels operating in the Southern Ocean.
Friends of the Earth International, 2008: Biotechnology proponents claim that genetically modified (GM) crops are good for consumers, farmers and the environment, and that they are growing in popularity around the world. Unfortunately, journalists often report such claims as fact, without first subjecting them to critical scrutiny. As in past editions of "Who Benefits from GM Crops?" we here attempt to provide a nuanced, fact-based assessment of GM crops around the world, and to clear up common misconceptions about their nature and impacts. In this 2008 edition, we report on new trends and findings, particularly the rise in pesticide use with GM crops.
Biotechnology proponents claim that genetically modified (GM) crops are good for consumers, farmers and the environment, and that they are growing in popularity around the world. However, such claims are seldom subjected to scrutiny. As in past editions of “Who Benefits from GM Crops?” we here provide a fact-based assessment of GM crops around the world, and address common misconceptions about their impacts. In this 2008 edition, we report on new trends and findings, particularly the rise in pesticide use with GM crops.
Friends of the Earth International, November 2007: The upheaval caused by climate change is approaching the scale of that caused by armed conflict. This report documents some of the voices from communities affected by climate change.
Friends of the Earth Netherlands, July 2007: Review of legal, environmental and social practices of oil palm plantation companies of the Wilmar Group in Sambas District, West Kalimantan (Indonesia).
Corpwatch, May 2007: This report, a profile of Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company, is an illustration of what is wrong with the gold industry today. In these pages, you will find numerous examples in which Barrick’s interests and the interests of the communities within which it operates are pitted directly against each other. From avoiding responsibility for the destructive environmental legacy of their projects or aligning itself with corrupt politicians, to employing police who violently suppress (and sometimes kill) mine critics, Barrick’s power in these struggles creates a compelling case for intervention.
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.
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.