The report argues that the industrial livestock production model (‘factory farming’), including Concentrated Animal Feedlot Operations (CAFOs) and large-scale cattle ranching for beef, are unsustainable, and are a leading cause of deforestation and climate change.
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Here is a list of all reports in alphabetical order…
Agriculture, including livestock farming, is increasingly becoming a battleground, with land, farming and food production being wrested away from peasant farmers by agribusiness exporters and their financial backers. This trend is being condoned and even driven by intergovernmental negotiations in various different fora, and now dominates climate change negotiations as well as trade talks.
After over 20 years of international climate change negotiations, talks continue to move further away from identifying the root causes of the climate crisis. These short, sharp articles highlight years of struggle, passion and commitment towards environmental, social and climate justice. This Climate Justice Compendium attempts to address the root causes of climate change beyond the fallacy of the climate negotiations and towards building international solidarity.
Trade agreements threaten to undermine every effort to stop the climate crisis. Developed countries are negotiating numerous trade and investment deals that will lock in polluting fossil fuels and business as usual. Trade and investment rules put profits before the planet, limiting governments’ ability to support local renewable energy, and empowering companies to attack environmental protections in secret courts. If we are to keep the increase in global temperature to less than 1.5 oC above pre-industrial levels, this approach is no longer possible. The world needs to agree to a binding global carbon budget in order to ensure a safe and sustainable future.
This briefing shows just when, where and how corporations are trying to capture the agenda of this winter’s UN climate talks in Paris, COP 21. The market-based and techno-fix solutions on the table are diverting attention from the real culprits and delaying real action.
From fossil fuels to finance or industrial agriculture, 'Lobby Planet Paris'' maps the big corporations, lobby groups and trade associations that are trying hard to capture the climate talks and maintain business as usual, with the help of many governments and international institutions.
What is 'equity', 'historical responsibility' and 'system change' ? Can we stay below a 1.5℃ increase in temperature? And what needs to happen to avoid further increases? Read this Equity refresher in relation to climate change.
Read about Intended Nationally Determined Contributions versus fair shares in this factsheet.
Community Forest Management (CFM) allows people and communities to benefit from forests and land without depleting natural resources or damaging the climate. The term Community Forest Management encompasses many different communal resource management practices used by forest-dependent Indigenous Peoples and local communities around the world.
This report looks in detail at the technical and economic viability of the technologies involved, at the credibility of the idea that large-scale BECCS could be carbon-negative, at the evidence regarding the reliability of carbon storage and at the greenhouse gas impacts of combining Carbon Capture and Storage with Enhanced Oil Recovery.
This focuses on breaking the chain linking industrial agriculture, climate change and hunger, and exposes the way in which so-called Climate Smart Agriculture has been deliberately loosely defined, so that companies can use it as a marketing tool to re-brand and validate industrial agriculture, promoting business-as-usual.
Climate change is a complex topic. Terms such as 'equity', 'historical responsibility', 'INDCs' and 'fair shares' are used during climate negotiations and in much of the writing about them. Friends of the Earth International has published a series of factsheets to explain what theses terms mean and why they advocate for climate justice
Many of the world's largest agro-industrial corporations are pushing forward the poorly-defined idea of "Climate-Smart Agriculture"(CSA) to re-market industrial agriculture as 'climate-ready'. This report uncovers how some advocates of CSA are embracing the extreme genetic engineering tools of synthetic biology ("Syn Bio") to develop a set of false solutions to the climate crisis.
This report looks at coal in four countries—India, Colombia, South Africa, and Egypt—through a human rights lens. It focuses on the Global South, where coal use and production are increasing despite the opposite trend in much of the Global North.
Facts and figures showing the environmental and social impact of coal production.
This publication by looks at the dangers for peasant communities from one of the main carbon market mechanisms on the table at the upcoming UN summit on climate change in Paris.
The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPF) is the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world and the largest share owner in Europe. How and where Norway invests this money thus has a global impact. This dossier takes an in-depth look at the GPF’s coal investments. It analyses the 'coal content' of the GPF portfolio and traces its development over time. It also examines the real-life impacts of some of the GPF’s largest coal investments on climate, the environment and people. It reveals that the GPF’s coal portfolio is much larger and much uglier than previously acknowledged.
This report provides the results of a worldwide survey completed in January 2015 by the Global Coal Plant Tracker. From 2005 to 2012, worldwide coal-fired generating capacity boomed, growing at three times the previous pace. The increase in the global coal fleet was twice the size of the entire existing U.S. coal fleet. That boom is now busting. In India, projects shelved or cancelled since 2012 outnumber project completions by six to one, and new construction initiations are at a near-standstill. In both Europe and the U.S., the coal fleet is shrinking, with retirements outnumbering new plants. China faces a looming glut in coal-fired generating capacity, with plant utilisation rates at a 35-year low.
The report finds that coal-fired power stations belonging to Eskom, South Africa’s energy utility, are the primary driver for poor outdoor air quality in the Highveld region in Mpumalanga. What this means for the communities that live there is severely poor health, particularly in the form of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases that can lead to death.
This report on Kalimantan’s deadly coal shows how coal mining is already destroying the future of the people of Kalimantan.
Traditionally considered the cheapest fuel around, the market price for coal ignores its most significant impacts. These so-called "external costs" manifests themselves as damages such as respiratory diseases, mining accidents, acid rain, smog pollution, reduced agricultural yields and climate change. The harm caused by mining and burning coal is not reflected in its price per tonne or its costs for a kWh of electricity, but the world at large is nevertheless paying for it. This report seeks to answer the question: just how much are we paying?
At each stage of its life cycle, coal pollutes the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land that we depend on. The factsheet describes the impacts of coal mining, preparation, transport and combustion.
This factsheet outlines coal's contribution to global climate change and why we need to urgently make the transition from coal to renewables. Scientists have found that more than 80% of known coal reserves need to stay in the ground in order to stay within 2 degrees celsius of global warming, the globally accepted limit.
One of our planet's scarcest natural resources - safe, affordable and accessible water - is under threat from the coal industry. Vast amounts of freshwater are consumed and polluted during coal mining, transport and power generation. This factsheet outlines the major threats to water resources from continued coal expansion.
When the industry talks about “clean coal,” it is referring to a range of technologies that burn coal more efficiently, and pollution controls that remove some of the nastiest pollutants from the smokestack. Yet even the most efficient coal-fired power plants only operate at around 44% efficiency, meaning that 56% of the energy content of the coal is lost. These plants emit 15 times more carbon dioxide than renewable energy systems and twice as much CO2 as gas-fired power plants.
Declining coal companies are using deceptive PR to push coal for developing countries, but renewable energy is increasingly the choice for energy access in the developing world.
This is a precautionary guide, based on an analysis of documents and contracts related to REDD (proposed or already signed), which clearly illustrates what is happening to those communities that have already signed-up to one of these contracts and the underlying risks that exist for others who may be tempted by similar projects.
The case studies in this report show that countries in the Global South are already excessively reliant on the use of conventional wood-based sources, especially charcoal, mainly for the production of heat and electricity. In the Global North there is a shift taking place, from fossil-based fuels to wood-based energy, and this is clearly evident in the UK, the US and Sweden. Thus demand for wood is likely to increase even further. The use of wood-based bioenergy urgently needs to be reevaluated within the context of a justice-based framework that prioritises meeting basic and health needs and avoiding ecological damage.
This edition of the Global Forest Coalition's newsletter, Forest Cover, focuses on the impacts of wood-based bioenergy on forests and forest peoples and is co-published with member group Biofuelwatch.
This sequel to the 'Tailored for Sharks' report delves deeper into the role the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its legal system play in the corporate architecture that benefits and protects interests of Transnational Corporations (TNCs); details concrete examples of TNCs behind trade disputes; and presents the post-Bali corporate roadmap.
The case studies in this report show that REDD, which is known to be methodologically flawed, is also having significant negative impacts on the ground. The good news, however, is that we know how to successfully conserve forests.
What often are seen as separate movements—environment, social justice, labor, democracy, indigenous rights—are all deeply interconnected, particularly in the way that they challenge the current economic system as a root cause of much that they seek to change. This report focuses on the development of this new economy movement in the US.
A detailed and nuanced look at the ethics and politics of the 'green economy' which outlines how and why the new economy of nature has evolved, and explains and critically questions key hypotheses of the new paradigm. A key conclusion is that handing nature over to market forces is a high-risk undertaking because if the market fails we will lose nature, irretrievably.
This reader sets out to understand what climate change means for the financial sector, and what financial sector involvement means for the funding of climate change projects.
This report gives a concise introduction to the principle of sharing in relation to the interconnected global crises we face, and makes a simple case for how the world’s wealth, power and resources can be shared more equitably and sustainably.
Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How strengthening community forest rights mitigates climate change
This report makes a strong case for strengthening the rights of indigenous and local communities over their forests as a policy tool for mitigating climate change.
This brochure takes up arguments put forth in the debate about a new economy with nature. It shows that the political question is not whether economic valuation automatically involves putting a ‘price tag on nature’, but if it encourages pricing in practice. Sadly, the early examples of what ‘trading in environmental services’ looks like in reality already provide sufficient reason for saying ‘No’ to more of the same.
Global Justice Ecology Project is publishing The Green Shock Doctrine as a means to help expose and examine the deeper issues behind the climate crisis and their links to many of the other crises we are facing. Capitalism and the markets have led us to the brink of the abyss. The more we understand how the roots of the many issues we are fighting are intertwined, the better we can cooperate to change the system driving them.
Global Justice Ecology Project’s report examines the status of genetically engineered trees and their potential use as a bioenergy feedstock; reveals industry-government-university-research institution collusion to advance GE trees for bioenergy; and describes the campaign to stop the genetic engineering of trees.
This groundbreaking report looks at the recent push for the commercialization of GE trees by biotech, energy, and paper companies and exposes the truth behind industry claims that these GE trees promote 'environmental sustainability.'
Two-page fact sheet on the dangers of GE trees.
This exhibition focuses on forest carbon projects, their potential impacts, and fairer and more effective alternatives.
This exhibition focuses on forest carbon projects, their potential impacts, and fairer and more effective alternatives.
This exhibition focuses on forest carbon projects, their potential impacts, and fairer and more effective alternatives. Please feel free to download this A3 pdf and use it in your own communities.
This report exposes and analyses the principal power-brokers that have caused financial, economic, social and ecological crises worldwide.
Report on Companies and Financial Institutions Benefiting from Violations of Human Rights
This report presents a global perspective on the impacts of industrial meat and dairy production, and illustrates its increasingly devastating impact on society and the environment.
This report contests some key assumptions about the rules based global trade and investment system. It addresses such questions as: Who are the real beneficiaries of the legally binding and enforceable agreements and rules of the WTO? How is this elaboration of rules designed to privilege the unilateral operations of transnational corporations (TNCs) which maintains a sea of sharks and sardines?
This report shines a light on the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain in the EuroZone crisis.
A report that examines the Holistic Conservation Programme for Forests in Madagascar, led by WWF Madagascar and GoodPlanet and funded by Air France.
This report focusses on the real impacts of UK biomass policies on forests and on communities. The centrepiece of the report is an investigation into the impacts of eucalyptus plantations for wood pellet production in Brazil.
Oil palm companies usually deny that their plantations cause problems. In order to gain support for their expansion plans they disseminate a series of misleading statements. The aim of this booklet is to expose a number of these statements.
Africa Trade Network's conclusions concerning the Bali Package adopted at the end of the World Trade Organization's Bali Ministerial.
Although not a civil society report, this statement from the Vatican includes some remarkable quotes about the dominant economic paradigm. For example, "The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenceless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule."
This report shows how trade and investment strategies, including WTO negotiations, act as economic drivers of water financialisation. Its 12 country case studies expose the way in which many corporations, financial institutions, trade agreements and cooperation strategies are paving the way for water privatisation and financialisation.
The Alternative Trade Mandate is a proposal from over 50 civil society organisations to make EU trade and investment policy work for people and the planet, not just the profit-oriented interests of a few.
This report argues that natural capital accounting is not a solution for protecting our natural environment. It addresses the fundamental problems of the natural capital accounting system being proposed at the World Forum in Edinburgh as well as the negative implications of using a market-based system to manage resources that are inherently public and commons goods.
This report is based on five case studies prepared by national organisations in Brazil, Colombia, India, Uganda and Tanzania It concludes that projects and policies related to REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and enhancing forest carbon stocks) fail to address the underlying causes of forest loss and might contribute to further deforestation instead.
This paper provides historical background and reports of experiences on the ground to show how land and nature enclosures are central to REDD+, and why it therefore cannot be fixed.
Linking the current boom of unconventional gas extraction within the broader pattern of land and water grabbing, this report explores where fracking is happening today, who is promoting it, how, and the state of resistance.
A guide exposing corporate lobbying and industry capture of COP19, the yearly UN climate negotiations, taking place in Warsaw, 11-22 November 2013. It also covers the false solutions that are being offered up by these corporate lobbies, such as shale gas, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon markets.
Ahead of United Nations climate talks, Friends of the Earth International has released a new report outlining its vision of a climate-safe, sustainable and just energy system - and a road map to achieving it.
A compelling visual infographic comparing the impact of Europe's current trade, investment and industrial policies, and a fairer and more sustainable alternative. (The text is in German but the images need no translation.)
This report looks at a number of claims made in defence of the EU's Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and shows why they are not valid.
The European Commission's ideological push for the privatisation of public services, carried out under the guise of austerity, is equivalent to a 'fire sale', where public services and national assets are being undersold providing profits for a few transnational companies. It is also prompting massive resistance at local and national level.
Europe’s reliance on materials from outside its borders is not sustainable. This report explores three different commodities – lithium, aluminium and cotton – to exemplify how our linear consumption patterns (extraction, manufacture, use and disposal) not only have major social, economic and environmental impacts, but also represent a missed opportunity for job creation and global resource security.
This guide aims to provide a critical perspective on the key elements of the EU’s trade and investment policies and the business interests they serve.
Los empresarios mineros argumentan que ésta es necesaria y contribuye al desarrollo, sin embargo, habría que preguntarse ¿qué tan necesaria es la minería? y ¿para quién? y ¿para qué tipo de desarrollo?
Not only is India’s coal expansion on the rise, so are efforts to acquire additional land (both forest and non-forest) for linked thermal power plants and related infrastructure. Juxtaposed with this expansion are living realities of people who have historically been dependent on forests and lands.
From the sleepy village of Sompeta, India, on the Bay of Bengal, to the spectacular coral reefs of Sabah, Malaysia, in Southeast Asia, to the bustling metropolitan city of Chicago in the United States, communities on the front lines are defying threats and intimidation to turn the tide of history.
This booklet explores how small producers, environmentalists and social justice activists around the world are embracing food sovereignty, the right that all people have to decide what they eat and to ensure that that agriculture in their community is fair and healthy for everyone and to fix the broken food and farming system.
Linking the current booming of the newly applied and fast spreading technology for unconventional gas extraction within the broader pattern of land and water grabbing, this report defines fracking, why and where it is happening today, who is promoting it, how, and what is the state of resistance.
A small club of international law firms, arbitrators and financial speculators are fuelling an investment arbitration boom that is costing taxpayers billions of dollars and preventing legislation in the public interest, according to a new report from the Transnational Institute and Corporate Europe Observatory.
By blaming the crisis on government spending, politicians and bankers argued that the only solution was to cut public spending, but this has predictably worsened the debt crisis.
Over the past two decades, industrial tree plantations (ITPs) have increased their area in the global South about fourfold. Some of the main countries with millions of hectares include Brazil, Malaysia and Indonesia. ITPs are expanding in African countries, like Mozambique, and in the Mekong region in the context of increasing land grabbing. This expansion is Northern-driven; the US and the European Union together consume most of the final products.
This paper examines the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) with a focus on its work around seeds. AGRA provides an organisational and technical nucleus for the expansion of profit-making ventures in African agriculture, focusing on interventions in seed technologies for the commercialisation of agriculture.
This two-page A4 flyer can be downloaded for distribution. It gives a concise explanation of the risks and negative impacts of bio-economy strategies and links to six key recent reports on bio-economies and other information materials, from a range of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations (all of which which are also available on this website).
A review of standards, criteria, and schemes certifying industrial biomass as 'sustainable', with particular emphasis on UK biomass electricity developments.
The notion of a "great green technological transformation" enabling a "green economy" is now being widely promoted as the key to our planet's survival. The ultimate goal is to substitute the extraction and refining of petroleum with the transformation of biomass. But in the absence of effective and socially responsive governance, the green economy will perpetuate the greed economy.
This report presents the work of the Honduran Women’s Collective, CODEMUH (Colectiva de Mujeres Hondureñas), in its efforts to challenge the situation faced by women workers in the maquila of Honduras.
This new report brings together, for the first time, both historical and projected data on the employment impacts of trade liberalisation. It analyses studies of past trade liberalisations in Africa and Latin America, as well as impact assessments for the current round of world trade talks and the new wave of bilateral EU trade deals.
A guide for citizens 'Nature is not for sale!' criticises the Rio +20 "Declaration on natural capital" which outlines the new market mechanisms through which finance is taking over nature as part of the so called "green economy".
New figures collected by Global Witness on the killings of activists, journalists and community members who were defending rights to land and forests show the true, shocking extent of competition for access to natural resources.
As the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) turns 20, there are real concerns about the increasing influence of major corporations and business lobby groups within the UN.
A close inspection of some governments’ proposals concerning the ‘green economy’ agenda being discussed at ‘Rio+20’ reveals an absolute determination to use it as a means of protecting and developing the banking, biotech, manufacturing, agribusiness and energy sectors, even at the expense of vulnerable communities and the environment.
This report outlines the serious negative impacts the so-called 'bioeconomy' will have on forests, forest-dependent peoples, and biodiversity.
This report raises key questions about Shell’s planned expansion in the Canadian tar sands and the Alaskan Arctic, as well as its failure to clean up horrific pollution in the Niger Delta.
UK-‐based power companies are using the myth that biomass is 'carbon neutral' to continue their emissions and greenwash their polluting activities permitted under the EU Emissions Trading System and other EU legislation. This deceptive accounting undermines analysis that places emissions from biomass on a par with fossil fuels.
This handbook is designed to assist civil society to critically analyse domestic biosafety laws and provide guidance to track GMO applications step by step and on a case-by-case basis; and to prepare and publicise objections to GMO applications and mobilise the media and general public.
The expansion of extractive industries is a major driver of land grabbing globally, and poses a significant threat to the world’s indigenous communities, farmers and local food production systems, as well as to precious water, forests, biodiversity, critical ecosystems and climate change.
This primer analyses water grabbing by powerful actors who take control of valuable water resources for their own benefit, depriving local communities whose livelihoods often depend on these resources and ecosystems.
This report exposes the fable that GMOs are feeding the world and shows how this risky technology has led to the large-scale destruction of biodiversity and farmers’ livelihoods.
This report provides snapshots of frontline struggles against Monsanto and other agrochemical corporations pushing genetically modified (GM) crops onto farmers and into the environment.
This report outlines a diversity of responses to the risks faced by women human rights defenders (WHRD). It maps out the broad range of human rights organisations that provide assistance to defenders at risk. Systemised knowledge about the array of strategies and urgent responses used to support WHRDs may have a significant impact on the effectiveness and viability of response efforts.
The People's Agreement was a key outcome of the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which was a global gathering of social movements, indigenous peoples, NGOs and activists. It was hosted by the government of Bolivia on 19-22 April 2010 and was attended by around 30,000 people from over 100 countries in order to develop real solutions to the climate crisis.
Community briefing on climate change.
A concise explanation of some of the problems associated with carbon trading.
In the area of climate policy and beyond, governmental positions have been increasingly hijacked by narrow corporate interests linked to polluting industries and industries seeking to profit from the climate crisis.
This report sets out Friends of the Earth's (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) demands for the climate talks in Durban, South Africa in 2011.
The latest UN negotiations on climate change in Durban have further undermined the prospects of realising a truly equitable and just international treaty to tackle global warming. This edition of Resurgence contains critical informative articles from Martin Khor (South Centre), Pablo Solón (Bolivia's former chief climate change negotiator) and others.
This call to action demands tribally owned and operated renewable energy along with green jobs to help reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and to establish a sustainable and low-carbon future in the US.
This report discusses the scale and impact of land grabbing for agrofuels in Africa.
This report is designed to provide key background information that will help explain advancements in the area of genetically engineered tree research and development, as well as the global effort to prohibit the environmental release of GE trees.
Gives a unique overview of the European Investment Bank’s different climate funds and the damaging role that the Bank plays in climate finance.
If the green economy does not break with the structures of the old economy and merely serves as a growth programme for the latter, it will quickly lead to disillusionment and lose its sheen.
Biochar involves burning woody biomass and burying the resulting charcoal to remove carbon from the atmosphere with the intention of improving soil quality. Industrial-scale production would inevitably exacerbate land-grabbing and the destruction of ecosystems and rural livelihoods in Africa.
BECCS, or biomass with CCS, will mean burning more biomass for less energy. Most biomass combustion facilities already operate at best at about 30% efficiency. Adding CCS will therefore result in even more deforestation, land use change and air pollution.
As governments in the global North look to diversify their economies away from fossil fuel and mitigate climate change, plans for biomass energy are growing fast. These are fuelling a sharp rise in the demand for wood, which, for some countries, could outstrip domestic supply capacity by as much as 600 per cent.
The world’s six largest agrochemical and seed corporations are filing sweeping patents under the guise of developing 'climate-ready' crops as a silver bullet solution to climate change.
This critical review of carbon trading in Africa includes analyses of the context and trends in the carbon market in Africa; offset projects in Uganda, Ethiopia and South Africa; and carbon finance and regulation. It shows how carbon trading provides new and different ways of profiting at the expense of a deteriorating climate.
The globe is warming. The more carbon dioxide pours into the air, the less stable the climate becomes and the more urgent it becomes to leave remaining fossil fuels in the ground. Yet the dominant neoliberal approach to the crisis - carbon trading - is failing.
Activists from the global water justice movement argue that the real agenda of the United Narions ‘CEO Water Mandate’ is to facilitate greater control over water sources and services by for-profit corporations.
One way or another change is on the way: if we don’t change the rules of the global economy we won’t be able to limit climate change.
Twelve brief interviews with water activists from Latin America as well as declarations from a historic gathering in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in August 2008.
The first full exposé of the company's activities worldwide, which formed part of War on Want's campaign for companies to be made liable for corporate wrongdoing.
This report finds that most of the ‘credits’ being generated from CDM projects will go to projects that further exacerbate climate change and compromise sustainable development.
La Via Campesina promotes this declaration in order to demand an international convention on the rights of peasants.
Explains why the third phase (2013-2020) of the EU’s Emissions Trading System will continue to subsidise polluters and fail to cut pollution levels.
British mining companies are making huge profits in situations of conflict and human rights violations.
This report analyses the activities of 29 European banks, pension funds and insurance companies, and reveals the significant involvement of these financial institutions in food speculation, and the direct or indirect financing of land grabbing.
This report finds that soil carbon markets could have significant negative impacts for poor smallholders, particularly women, in Africa; and that promoting soil carbon markets is a major distraction from providing the public finance needed to help poor countries tackle climate change.
Food is a key driver of climate change - accounting for around half of all human-generated greenhouse gas emissions.
This report shows that the combined expansion of soy, cattle ranching and sugarcane is placing huge pressures on Brazil’s highly biodiverse Amazon and Cerrado habitats.
Until monoculture tree plantations are excluded from certification the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) will continue to be a problem for local communities and the environment.
This report looks at developments in a number of Southern and Central American countries, all of which are scaling up agrofuel production at alarming rates including to meet demand for exports.
Whether it is to adjust the earth’s thermostat or change the chemical balance of our oceans, geoengineering solutions to climate change represent a threat to people and the planet.
A group of international scientists has released this report detailing health and environmental hazards from the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready soy and the use of glyphosate (Roundup®) herbicide.
This document considers the progress of international climate negotiations in light of the new ‘green economy’ deal being pushed in these and other intergovernmental arenas, and the fact that it is hiding the meaning and significance of environmental and social crises.
An investigation into the human cost of cut flowers in British supermarkets.
The recent Study on the Integrity of the Clean Development Mechanism commissioned by the European Commission singles out hydro power projects as particularly problematic. This policy brief outlines the impacts of large CDM hydro power projects, explains why they undermine climate goals and offers concrete policy recommendations.
This report was researched by campaigners in Friends of the Earth Australia who visited Indonesia to examine the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership, the world's first large scale REDD pilot project that was set up between Australia and Indonesia.
This new report lists ten reasons why jatropha is neither a profitable nor a sustainable investment.
First-hand reports from communities about widespread violations of people's rights and environmental destruction, caused by a land grab initially funded by the World Bank in Uganda.
Describes some of the impacts of market-based conservation mechanisms such as certification, biodiversity offsets, ecotourism, bio-prospecting and carbon sinks.
The jatropha plant has been identified as an ideal source of biodiesel. However, evidence suggests that jatropha grown in its present form will not deliver the benefits its supporters have promised.
A commentary on the sustainability claims of Malaysia's palm oil lobby, with a special focus on the state of Sarawak.
This report critically examines the reasons behind and potential consequences of creating new carbon market mechanisms, focusing on 'sectoral' carbon markets.
A global economy that has benefited a small elite is no accident: it was carefully designed by politicians who often worked for transnational corporations and at times were rewarded by them after leaving office.
This factsheet outlines the impacts that ‘fracking’ - which is used to extract gas from rock formations - can have on people’s water supplies and health.
There is a widening void between the need for clear and enforceable standards against corporate complicity in human rights abuses and the medley of non-binding principles and guidelines that are being offered as a solution.
A detailed examination of traditional and industrial palm oil production in Africa.
This booklet weaves together stories, analysis, organising tools and provocative questions, to give a snapshot of the US climate justice movement and provide pathways for readers to participate in it.
This report shows how current strategies in the forest sector are simply not stopping the continued deforestation and degradation of the world’s remaining forests.
Industrialised countries are trying to cap greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously financing fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure, but the widespread belief that fossil fuels are central to development is misguided.
Twenty years on from the "Earth Summit", governments are propagating the same capitalist model that caused climate chaos and other social and environmental crises. La Vía Campesina will mobilise for this historical moment, representing the voice of the millions of peasants and indigenous globally.
Toolkit on the potential negative impacts of REDD+ on indigenous peoples.
If REDD+ were to be published as a book, it could well be depicted as a collection of modern fairy stories and fables, designed to lure the unwitting and unwary into the complex world of REDD+, as this series of briefings shows…
Shell is the most carbon intensive oil company in the world. For every barrel of oil it produces in the future, Shell will contribute more to global warming than any other oil company.
This report seeks to expose the continuing violation of women workers’ rights in the Bangladeshi garment industry.
Unless appropriate policies are adopted to encourage the use of cleaner, non-fossil fuels, investment in dirtier, “unconventional” forms of oil will increase.
This report provides critical policy analysis and case documentation about the role of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Africa. The CDM is subsidising dangerous for-profit activities, making them advantageous to multinational corporations.
Training material for African peasant organisations from seminar held in Nyéléni, Mali, 2010.
A report from the Polaris Institute that outlines how water multinationals play an increasing role in controlling the United Nations' agenda on water issues.
A useful pocket guide on how a crisis made in Wall Street was made worse by EU policies, and has enriched the 1% to the detriment of the 99%.
Just 10.9 million people, or 0.15%, control $42.7 trillion dollars or two thirds of world GDP. An even tinier group of people, 0.001%, control a third of that amount. Where are they based? What could this money pay for?
This publication documents the importance of milk to the livelihoods and health of the poor in many countries of the global South, and how small-scale vendors who collect milk from small farmers and pastoralists are under threat from dairy corporations.
This report is a record of egregious corporate behavior that—in locations as diverse as California, Burma, Colombia, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, the Philippines and the U.S. Gulf Coast—has spanned decades and carries on today.
Who are they and how did they make their money? Which are the best countries to be rich in?
Which are the biggest companies in the world? Which corporations control them? How does their power compare with states?
This report highlights the negative social, environmental and human rights impacts of London-listed corporations in order to demand much stricter regulatory oversight, particularly of companies involved in mining and trading in minerals.
This report focuses on the ways in which so-called Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) would further devastate Africa’s forests, biodiversity and livelihoods.
This report from Food and Water Watch suggests that a growing global trend away from privatised water sources accounts for Veolia's declining revenues.
A compilation of 19 new essays on the fight against water privatisation and the experiences of building progressive public alternatives.
This report discusses US agrofuels targets, and describes the "industrial juggernaut" driving agrofuels production.
FoEI’s 2010 analysis of the annual report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), which is partly funded by the biotech industry, and publishes figures on the cultivation of GM crops around the world.
This report analyses Cameroon’s customary land rights law, focusing on forestry legislation and comparing the situation in Cameroon to that in other African States.
This policy briefing outlines the impacts of coal use, explains why coal projects do not belong in the CDM and offers concrete policy solutions for the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol, the CDM Executive Board and the European Union.
The EU is playing a major role in disempowering women in the South by driving the conversion of local ecosystems and farmlands into monoculture plantations.
Exposes the working conditions suffered by those who are employed on plantations and the effects of this work on their health.
La información sobre las luchas por la justicia hídrica y por la defensa del territorio que se presenta en este informe fue construida en un diálogo con las organizaciones sociales y comunidades afro-descendientes en Alta Cauca en Colombia.
A briefing on the dangers of genetically engineered trees and cellulosic agrofuels (unsustainably produced biofuels).