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, June 12, 2009
US holds UN Climate Negotiations Hostage
Throughout the United Nations climate talks due to end today in Bonn, the United States administration blocked progress to move negotiations forward, according to Friends of the Earth International. Rather than show global leadership, the Obama Administration failed to live up to its responsibility as the world's largest historical greenhouse gas polluter. This strategy damages the prospects for a just, equitable, and effective outcome at the key UN conference planned in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December this year.
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
Nano-Silver: Extreme Germ Killer Presents Growing Threat to Public Health
Friends of the Earth and Health Care Without Harm Europe released a report today detailing the growing public health threat posed by nano-silver particles in consumer products.
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Friday, May 22, 2009
Public Interest Group Appeals South Carolina Public Service Commission Decision Approving Nuclear Reactors to State Supreme Court
The environmental organization Friends of the Earth has today filed an appeal with the South Carolina Supreme Court challenging the legality of a South Carolina Public Service Commission decision approving an application by South Carolina Electric & Gas to build two new nuclear reactors. The filing is believed to be a first national challenge to the type of state law which unjustly forces consumers to pay for nuclear projects in advance, no matter if they fail.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
S.C. Nuclear Reactor Costs Jump by More than $1 Billion
In a dramatic revelation, South Carolina Electric & Gas has filed documents with the South Carolina Public Service Commission that project a more than $1 billion increase in the construction cost of its two-reactor nuclear project in the state.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
ShellGuilty TV Ads Launched to Hold Shell Accountable for Gas Flaring in Advance of Wiwa v Shell Trial
The ShellGuilty campaign announced today it will begin running TV ads in New York City this week to hold Shell accountable for its continued toxic gas flaring in Nigeria - one of the abuses that Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other nonviolent Nigerian activists died trying to stop. Shell will be put on trial in federal court in New York beginning May 26, in a case in which it is charged with complicity in the executions of Saro-Wiwa and the other activists, as well as other human rights abuses.
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Thursday, May 07, 2009
Biofuels Slated to Receive More than $400 Billion in Federal Subsidies
Friends of the Earth released a report today that examines the extent to which the biofuels industry is subsidized by federal tax credits and a federal renewable fuels mandate. The report finds that between 2008 and 2022, biofuels will receive more than $400 billion in subsidies. The report also shows that, rather than promoting the production of less harmful biofuels, many of these subsidies are supporting the most environmentally damaging ones, such as corn ethanol.
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Wednesday, May 06, 2009
House Ag Chair's Embarassing Biofuels Hissy Fit
The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee reportedly declared at a hearing today that he “will not support any kind of climate change bill” because he is “upset” that proposed EPA biofuels rules require all global warming pollution resulting from biofuels production to be taken into account. In particular, Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN) is angry that when calculating the amount of global warming pollution caused by biofuels production, the EPA will take pollution caused by land use changes into account.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
EPA Confirms Most Corn Ethanol Worsens Global Warming Pollution
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed draft rules to govern implementation of the federal “Renewable Fuels Standard”—the law that requires massive increases in biofuel use over coming years. Friends of the Earth Energy Policy Campaigner Kate McMahon had the following response:
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
EPA Asked to Update 30-Year-Old Sewage Standards for Ships
Friends of the Earth issued a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today requesting that the EPA update standards governing sewage dumping from large ships. The environmental group said current vessel sewage discharge standards that allow the use of 30-year-old technology are outdated and fail to protect water quality, and that far better treatment technology exists and has been in use in some cruise ships for years.
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Monday, March 30, 2009
US and Canada Seek International Approval of Air Pollution Reduction Zone for Ships
U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced today during a noon conference at Port Newark, New Jersey, its submission of an Emission Control Area application to the International Maritime Organization. If the application is successful, it would require steep pollution reductions from large ships in U.S. and Canadian coastal waters.
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