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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Friday, September 11, 2009
Environmentalists Welcome World Bank President's Halt to Palm Oil Investments
Friends of the Earth International welcomed today's announcement by the IFC, the World Bank's private sector arm, that it will stop all palm oil investments. "Investments in large-scale oil palm plantations lead to deforestation and human rights violations", said Torry Kuswardono of Friends of the Earth Indonesia/WALHI. "We are encouraged that the World Bank Group is finally recognizing the problems, and we hope that other banks will follow suit."
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Report Exposes Carbon Offsets as Dangerous Gimmick
The controversial practice of carbon offsetting, via which U.S. polluters send money overseas in exchange for promised—and often pretend—pollution reductions elsewhere, came under fire today in a new report published by Friends of the Earth. Offsets are a centerpiece of the energy bill that passed the House of Representatives in June, and they may be included in soon-to-be-introduced legislation in the Senate. The report explains how offsets work and concludes that they are a flawed approach to combating global warming.
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Thursday, September 03, 2009
Energy Department Forced to Release Photos of Trucks Used to Transport Nuclear Bombs and Components and Nuclear Weapons Materials
Friends of the Earth announced today it has used the Freedom of Information Act to force the U.S. Department of Energy to release color photos of the special trucks that transport nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons components and "special nuclear material" such as plutonium and highly enriched uranium. It is believed that these are the first nuclear bomb truck photos released by the Department of Energy in recent years.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
New Report From Public Interest Groups Warns of Risks From Nanomaterials in Sunscreens
Friends of the Earth, Consumers Union, and the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) released a report today detailing why consumers should be wary of sunscreens that contain nanomaterials.
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Friday, July 17, 2009
International Maritime Organization Hits and Misses on Ship Pollution
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) today approved a proposal to designate an Emission Control Area for coastal waters of the United States and Canada. Vessels entering this protected zone would have to use cleaner fuel and install advanced technology to reduce smog-forming emissions. Friends of the Earth was instrumental in extending the boundaries of the zone to include Hawaii and parts of Alaska.
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Thursday, July 09, 2009
California Congressional Delegation Urges Obama Admin to Let State Protect Its Waters From Ship Pollution
Members of Congress from California sent a letter yesterday to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, urging the EPA to allow California to protect its waters and the public from harmful sewage and pollution discharges from large ships.
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Monday, June 29, 2009
Shell’s Climate Crimes Exposed
Friends of the Earth and Oil Change International released a report today detailing oil giant Shell’s colossal contribution to global climate change and its continued investment in carbon-intensive fossil fuels. The report also reveals new internal documents that show that Shell knew of the environmental dangers of gas flaring in Nigeria more than fifteen years ago, but chose not to stop for purely financial reasons.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Scotland's Climate Bill Sets Key Precedent
Friends of the Earth Europe has warmly welcomed the groundbreaking Climate Change Bill passed in Scotland today. Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) today voted for a target to reduce greenhouse gases by 42 per cent by 2020 – the most ambitious statutory target in the world. The vote followed an overwhelming display of support for early action to cut emissions from scientists, Scottish celebrities and campaigners who travelled to the Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, to lobby their MSPs.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Friends of the Earth Launches Ad Campaign Opposing House Climate Bill
Friends of the Earth launched an advertising campaign today against the energy and climate change bill that is expected to come to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives later this week. The progressive environmental group's ads will run on a variety of progressive and environmental blogs and websites. The ads call attention to the fact that the bill is based on a blueprint written in part by polluting corporations like Shell Oil and Duke Energy, which has undermined the ability of the bill to solve the problems it is intended to address.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Senate Committee Attempts Flashback to Bush Energy Policy
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today failed to heed President Obama's call for clean energy jobs and a green economy and instead voted for a bill that would increase reliance on failed dirty energy sources of the past, according to environmental advocates.
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