Category Archives: Friends of the Earth

Committee On Climate Change Advice On Climate Targets “Very Disappointing”

Friends of the Earth has criticised the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) for advising ministers that it is too early to adopt stricter targets for tackling climate change. The advice is contained in a report on UK climate action following … Continue reading

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It’s 1 Year Since The Plastic Bag Charge, Should It Apply To Disposable Coffee Cups?

The popularity of the plastic bag charge also means that ministers should now extend the scheme to include convenience stores, says Friends of the Earth. Disposable Coffee Cups are a prime example of excessive waste items that could be managed … Continue reading

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Green Light For Fracking In Lancashire Slammed

The Secretary of State Sajid Javid, has decided that fracking should be allowed to proceed at Preston New Road, Lancashire. He has delayed making a decision on the Roseacre site to allow time for further evidence on highway safety and … Continue reading

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Next Government must champion community energy

Ahead of a major green energy conference in Manchester, Friends of the Earth stated that the next Government must remove barriers to the development of the UK’s huge community renewable energy potential and make this sector a top priority. The environmental … Continue reading

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Compelling evidence for pesticide ban

According to Friends of the Earth, the scientific evidence linking neonicotinoid insecticides to bee decline is compelling. Their statement follows DEFRA Secretary Liz Truss telling the NFU conference in Birmingham that the Government had “told the EU Commission that decisions … Continue reading

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EU action on air pollution and waste under threat

Fears are growing that the EU may be on the verge of scrapping crucial plans to clean up our polluted air and cut waste. According to reports coming out of Brussels, some business organisations may be successful in lobbying the … Continue reading

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Honey product guide launched

Ethical Consumer and Friends of the Earth today urge consumers to put the plight of the beleaguered honey bee on their shopping list by choosing ethically produced honey. In its latest product guide to honey, Ethical Consumer recommends that shoppers … Continue reading

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Primary Schools Compete To Win Solar Panels

Primary schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being offered a unique opportunity to win solar panels, crowd-funded by Friends of the Earth supporters.  The competition invites pupils to submit creative entries, such as artwork or film, demonstrating why they’d … Continue reading

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Owen Paterson to deliver annual climate-sceptic lecture

Reacting to news that sacked environment Secretary Owen Paterson is to deliver the annual lecture to Nigel Lawson’s climate sceptic thinktank, Friends of the Earth Climate Campaigner Guy Shrubsole said: “This is beyond satire, and confirms that Owen Paterson was … Continue reading

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Government urges public to help bees, but must play its part too

Environment Minister Lord de Mauley today launched Defra’s Bees Needs at the Plant Life Conference, hosted by HRH the Prince of Wales. The idea is to encourage people to do their bit to help insects such as bees and butterflies, with five simple … Continue reading

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