Our work

Using robust research, our Policy and Insight Team investigate the biggest challenges facing people and the planet – providing in-depth commentary on the causes, effects and solutions.

From analysing how the Budget exacerbates the climate emergency, to exploring ways to reduce pesticide use, our aim is to influence policy-makers and help drive change.


Friends of the Earth’s demands for the general election

24 Mar 2023

Friends of the Earth is calling for all political parties to include the following commitments in their manifestos - these are subject to change with changing circumstances.

Who’s impacted by fuel poverty in 2023?

20 Mar 2023

We’ve identified who’ll be in fuel poverty across England and Wales in 2023, including some pen portraits. See the results and methodology of our data analysis in this briefing.

Mapping English tree cover: results, ranking and methodology

02 Mar 2023

In partnership with Terra Sulis, we've produced the most accurate mapping of tree cover in England, including lone and street trees. Read about our key findings, the tree cover rankings by local authority and neighbourhood, and the methodology used.

Why we need stronger UK laws to halt deforestation abroad

Nick Rau23 Feb 2023

Sarawak communities are fighting logging companies to protect their homes, livelihoods and forests. Find out how a new UK law could clean up timber supply chains.

Securing warm homes that don’t cost the Earth

01 Feb 2023

The energy crisis demands policy changes. Find out why we’re calling for additional financial support, insulation and a transformation of our energy system.

Where are the coldest neighbourhoods?

08 Dec 2022

Narrowing down our recent identification of 9,000 energy crisis hotspots, we’ve now identified 1,000 of the coldest neighbourhoods in England and Wales. Find out how we did this, who lives there and what the solutions are.

Climate threats to UK health and security show COP27 is vital

09 Nov 2022

Rishi Sunak is at the world climate talks after initially saying he’d be too busy to attend due to domestic matters. To help him get up to speed on the importance of COP27, we’ve set out the 6 big climate warnings from the week he became PM.

How the government is set to trash UK nature protections

Kierra Box02 Feb 2023

The government plans a string of attacks on the rules that protect our environment. Kierra Box explains why nature and communities will suffer from the government’s proposed bonfire of regulations.

Regulation is a public good, not a dirty word

Paul de Zylva06 Feb 2023

The sewage pollution scandal shows the dangers of deregulation and weakening standards. Paul de Zylva asks how present ministers can make up for past failures and reboot regulation for good.