11 December 2011

Europe’s Environment Ministers met yesterday in Brussels with three of Europe’s, and the world’s, most pressing environmental challenges on the agenda – biodiversity, resource-use and climate change. On all three fronts, their responses are inadequate to address the scale of these global challenges, says Friends of the Earth Europe.

EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

1 December 2011

Plans by the Canadian company Gabriel Resources to develop a gold mine in Rosia Montana, in Ro­mania are being challenged by local campaign groups with the support of the Friends of the Earth Europe network.

A campaign has been running against the project for almost a decade, and although the envi­ronmental impact assessment process was suspended five years ago, the govern­ment has recently shown support for the pro­ject which is opposed by environmental groups.

17 November 2011

Brussels, November 17, 2011 – Increasing the use of biofuels in Europe will have devastating impacts on wildlife a new scientific assessment has shown. [1]

The report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) estimates that 85 percent of biodiversity will be damaged across 17,000 square kilometres of natural habitats that risks being converted to farmland as a result of EU biofuel targets. None of this will be protected under current EU legislation for biofuels.

10 November 2011

Europe imports huge amounts of resources; but exactly how much, and at what cost? Is Europe consuming natural resources responsibly; or irresponsibly over-consuming, without consideration of the impacts?

Austria, Czech Republic, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, France, Hungary, Italy
3 November 2011

Brussels, November 3, 2011 – Europe's material consumption is threatening the world's water supply, according to new research launched today by Friends of the Earth Europe and the Sustainable Europe Research Institute. [1]

The findings come with a warning that Europe is neglecting the catastrophic consequences that water stress and scarcity will have in Europe and in the rest of the world, and with a call to governments to start measuring Europe's overall water and material use.

10 October 2011

Brussels, October 10, 2011 – Europe's 'land footprint' is one of the largest in the world, and the continent is more dependent on land from outside its borders than any other, new research published today reveals. [1]

1 October 2011

European biofuels policies contribute to food insecurity and land grabs. Moreover, the true impacts of expanding biofuels production on deforestation and the climate are ignored in the EU policy. Vested corporate interests want to keep it that way. This press briefing explains the problems, myths and solutions.

20 September 2011

Brussels, September 20, 2011 – A plan unveiled today to tackle Europe's dependency on imported resources does not go far enough to end the region's over-consumption of the world's water, land and other materials.

The Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe [1] acknowledges that major increases in Europe's resource efficiency are needed to compensate for growing competition for the world's resources. However, it is vague about how this transformation is going to happen, leaving most of the substance for future policy processes.


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