2015 Media releases

Outcome appeal against Shell: victory for the environment and the Nigerian people

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Outcome appeal against Shell: victory for the environment and the Nigerian people

PRESS RELEASE Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, December 18, 2015) – Four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands welcome today’s ruling by the Court of Appeals in The Hague allowing them to jointly sue Shell in the Netherlands for causing extensive oil spills in Nigeria. The ruling is unique and […]

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Draft Climate Deal Fails to Deliver, Sparking Protests

Draft Climate Deal Fails to Deliver, Sparking Protests

MEDIA ADVISORY – NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE Friends of the Earth International (PARIS, FRANCE, December 9, 2015) – After politicians tabled a  weak draft climate deal in Paris today, hundreds of protestors including Friends of the Earth International activists staged a loud protest inside the climate summit to expose the fact that politicians are failing to provide […]

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Paris Climate Summit : Transparency Urgently Needed

Paris Climate Summit : Transparency Urgently Needed

MEDIA ADVISORY Friends of the Earth International (PARIS, FRANCE, 7 December 2015) – Less than a week before the end of the Paris UN climate talks, Friends of the Earth International warned that civil society observers have been prevented from witnessing key parts of the negotiations, and demanded total transparency at the Summit. A chaotic first […]

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Chevron, EDF and BNP-Paribas crowned climate Pinocchios of 2015 at Paris Climate Summit

Chevron, EDF and BNP-Paribas crowned climate Pinocchios of 2015 at Paris Climate Summit

Press release by:  FRIENDS OF THE EARTH EUROPE, FRIENDS OF THE EARTH FRANCE, CORPORATE EUROPE OBSERVATORY, CRID, ACTION AID FRANCE (Brussels/Paris – December 3, 2015) – Chevron, EDF and BNP-Paribas have been awarded Pinocchio Climate Awards today [Dec.3] for their roles in undermining climate action and harming local communities [1]. The winners, announced at a […]

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Home Depot to phase out bee-killing pesticides

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Home Depot to phase out bee-killing pesticides

Coalition presses for all retailers to make commitment to protect bees   (WASHINGTON, D.C., December 3, 2015) — Home Depot (NYSE: HD),  the world’s largest home-improvement chain, has announced that it has removed neonicotinoid pesticides, a leading driver of global bee declines, from 80 percent of its flowering plants and that it will complete its phase-out in […]

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Executed Nigerian Activist 20th Anniversary Celebrated Around the World

Executed Nigerian Activist 20th Anniversary Celebrated Around the World

MEDIA ADVISORY Friends of the Earth International   LAGOS, NIGERIA, 9 NOVEMBER 2015 – Led by Nigerian activists, social justice campaigners from around the world will commemorate on 10 November the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and eight more Ogonis at the hands of the Nigerian dictatorship of Sani Abacha. Known around […]

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Feds urged to protect wild bees

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Feds urged to protect wild bees

Listing of four wild bee species under Species at Risk Act overdue, requires immediate action (TORONTO, ON,  September 17, 2015) – Five environmental groups are pressing the federal Minister of the Environment to list four wild bee species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).  Listing these bees is the crucial — and overdue — […]

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Canadian Mines Ministers Conference in Halifax: Provinces & Territories Must Act To Avoid Mine Waste Disasters

Canadian Mines Ministers Conference in Halifax: Provinces & Territories Must Act To Avoid Mine Waste Disasters

(HALIFAX, NS, July 20 2015) – While Energy & Mines Ministers from across Canada are meeting in Halifax for their annual conference, a coalition of more than 50 environmental, First Nations, and community organizations today sent a letter to all Canadian Mines Ministers urging them to take immediate action to assess and prevent the threat posed by hundreds […]

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Friends of the Earth congratulates Ontario for reducing use of bee-toxic neonicotinoids

Friends of the Earth congratulates Ontario for reducing use of bee-toxic neonicotinoids

(Ottawa, ON, June 9, 2015) Ontario’s new pesticide regulation requires a permanent reduction of 80% in the use corn and soybean seeds coated with neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam). This regulation is novel in its designation of the coated seeds as pesticides. Friends of the Earth is pleased and impressed by Ontario’s leadership in finalizing […]

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Leaked government report shows virtually no benefits from neonics: provinces must act to ban bee-killing pesticide

Leaked government report shows virtually no benefits from neonics: provinces must act to ban bee-killing pesticide

(Ottawa, ON, May 22, 2015) Canada’s Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) promised to report on their review of the “value” of neonicotinoid pesticides in 2014 to be followed by a public consultation. This is a key element of PMRA’s five year review of the bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides conducted in lock step with the US Environmental […]

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White House Pollinator Strategy won’t solve bee crisis

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White House Pollinator Strategy won’t solve bee crisis

White House Pollinator Strategy won’t solve bee crisis Posted May. 19, 2015 / Posted by: Kate Colwell WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration released its National Pollinator Health Strategy today, which failed to adequately address the impact of pesticides, including neonicotinoid insecticides — a leading driver of bee declines — on bees and other pollinators. This […]

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Statement from Friends of the Earth Canada on RONA’s announcements

Statement from Friends of the Earth Canada on RONA’s announcements

RONA discloses 70% nursery plants neonic-free this year Friends of the Earth Canada congratulates RONA on its commitment and performance to reduce the use of neonicotinoids in its nursery plants. Last year, Friends of the Earth tested nursery plants for neonics and advised gardeners to buy only neonic-free plants through their “Gardener Beware” campaign. The […]

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Forty groups want the province to pass the Great Lakes Protection Act

Forty groups want the province to pass the Great Lakes Protection Act

Tourist, health, faith-based, and environmental organizations calling on Ontario to strengthen protection of the Great Lakes Toronto, ON — Forty tourist, health, faith-based and environmental organizations are collectively showing their support for the Great Lakes Protection Act. The groups have sent a submission to the Ontario government calling for the quick passage of the proposed […]

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Statement from Friends of the Earth on Lowe’s Announcement

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Statement from Friends of the Earth on Lowe’s Announcement

Lowe’s commits to phase-out neonicotinoids from its shelves in a move to protect bees and pollinators April 9, 2015  Ottawa, ON – Lowe’s, North America’s second largest home improvement company, announced today that they will take steps towards a 2019 phase out of bee-harmful neonicotinoids (PDF page 28). Neonicotinoid insecticides are a key factor in bee declines, and are […]

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Ontario government action on bee and pollinator protection applauded by Friends of the Earth

Ontario government action on bee and pollinator protection applauded by Friends of the Earth

Premier Wynne and Ministers of Environment and Agriculture cited as North American leaders   (March 23, 2015, Ottawa, ON) Today, following extensive public consultation, Ontario tabled a Regulation to permanently reduce 80 percent of the bee-harmful neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides used on corn and soy seed by 2017. This announcement makes Ontario the first North American jurisdiction […]

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