Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth is the U.S. voice of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, Friends of the Earth has fought to create a more healthy, just world.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Landmark Trial About Patenting Humans Begins Today
The American Civil Liberties Union’s challenge of patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer goes to trial here today. Around 20 percent of the human genome has been patented by private interests. The trial, which begins today, seeks a ruling on whether such patents violate the Patent Act and the Constitution. The defendant, Myriad Genetics, holds the patents to two human genes and charges $3,000 for its tests to determine whether the genes are present in individuals.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Obama Speech a Kick in the Gut to Environmentalists
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following response to the State of the Union Address: "While we welcome President Obama's call for comprehensive climate and energy reform -- as well as his focus on job-creating high-speed rail and solar power -- it was alarming to hear him refer last night to a variety of dirty energy sources, including nuclear, coal, offshore oil drilling and biofuels, as clean.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Response to Senator Graham’s Call for More ‘Business-Friendly’ Climate Legislation
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement earlier today that he is working on new climate change legislation because he thinks existing bills are "onerous on business" and he'd like to write more "business-friendly" legislation. Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following response:
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Supreme Court Ruling a Disaster for Democracy
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following statement in response to today's 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission :
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
New Radio Ad Holds Murkowski Accountable for Doing Bidding of Special Interests in Push to Roll Back Clean Air Act
Friends of the Earth Action began airing radio ads in Alaska and North Dakota today taking U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) to task for doing the bidding of corporate lobbyists by attempting to roll back the Clean Air Act.
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Monday, January 11, 2010
2010 UN Biodiversity Year: Urgent Action Needed to Preserve Life
Commenting on today’s announcement by the United Nations that 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and that “the world is invited to take action to safeguard the variety of life on earth: biodiversity”, Friends of the Earth International’s coordinator of the Forest and Biodiversity Programme Isaac Rojas said:
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Prompted by Litigation from Friends of the Earth, EPA Issues Final Rule to Reduce Air Pollution from Ships
Nine years after Friends of the Earth filed a petition requesting more protective air pollution limits on large ships, and after two court battles in which Earthjustice represented Friends of the Earth, the U.S.
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Sham Deal Requires Nothing, Accomplishes Nothing
Statement of Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth U.S., on tonight's announcement by President Obama:
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Copenhagen: A Disaster for World's Poorest
Commenting on the failure of rich country governments to secure a strong and fair UN agreement to tackle climate change in Copenhagen, Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, said: “Copenhagen has been an abject failure. Justice has not been done. By delaying action, rich countries have condemned millions of the world’s poorest people to hunger, suffering and loss of life as climate change accelerates. The blame for this disastrous outcome is squarely on the developed nations.
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Obama's Copenhagen Speech: Saving Face, Not Planet
Friends of the Earth U.S. President Erich Pica had the following response to President Obama's speech: "President Obama’s rhetoric is empty. The U.S. has failed to significantly improve upon the weak position it brought to these talks. "This speech appears to be more of a face-saving exercise for President Obama than an attempt to unite countries around a truly planet-saving agreement.
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