Opinion

“Immediately halt any new extraction projects” in the UK, authors of landmark study reveal

Steve Pye, Dan Welsby, James Price, Paul Ekins and Danny Gross15 Oct 2021

Friends of the Earth interview the authors of the milestone academic study that estimates how much oil, fossil methane gas and coal needs to remain in the ground. They reveal that new fossil fuel extraction projects in the UK are incompatible with limiting global heating to 1.5 degrees.

U-turn on planning reform opens opportunity for progress on climate and nature

Rebecca Murray10 Sep 2021

With the government abandoning its attempt to write communities out of planning decisions, forthcoming legislation later this year may be the chance to finally align the planning system with the climate and nature emergencies. But, as Senior Planner Rebecca Murray explains, the most recent policy documents released by government do anything but that.

Why a hasty trade deal may not be good for us – or for the environment

Kierra Box, Trade Campaigner19 Aug 2021

What precedent might be set by the new Australia trade deal and what could it tell us about the future for UK environmental standards?

2021 - A big year for climate, nature and poverty

Paul de Zylva03 Jun 2021

Will government and business leaders act on the triple emergency? Or will government and business-as-usual win?

Three things the government must do to end the peat scandal

Paul de Zylva21 Apr 2021

If the government wants other nations to step up to the climate and ecological crises, it must show a clean pair of hands on peat.

The climate crisis - how international trade must change 

Kierra Box08 Feb 2021

Trade campaigner Kierra Box starts a conversation about which trade policy levers could deliver positive change and where politics needs to shift. 

Privatising the planning system - just for the few? 

Naomi Luhde-Thompson, Senior Planner14 Jan 2021

Why proposed planning reforms are socially unjust and bad for climate change. 

Climate emergency - how do local authorities get people out of their cars?

Mike Childs07 Jan 2021

Why making the right decisions about car use now can help local authorities on the pathway to net zero.

Why council action on climate is vital

Sandra Bell08 Dec 2020

Sandra Bell explains why local council action is vital to achieving a green recovery and net zero, and why the government must give them greater support as recommended by the Climate Change Committee.

Rewild our countryside and refarm our cities

Alasdair Cameron01 Apr 2020External link

Bringing more food production into our cities will have many benefits argues Alasdair Cameron

Post Brexit - the UK at the crossroads

Kierra Box, Trade Campaigner06 Mar 2020

The UK has left the European Union. Will the government make the right decisions to protect the environment?

Budget exacerbates climate breakdown

Mike Childs06 Mar 2020

We set ten tests for the Budget - just how well did the new Chancellor do?

Our rights to challenge bad environmental decisions at risk

Julia Eriksen, Phil Michaels Legal Scholar12 Dec 2019

Our new report "A Pillar of Justice" reveals how changes to the law are making it more difficult to stop environmental destruction.

Effects of pesticides on our wildlife

Paul de Zylva06 Dec 2019

It’s not only bees that are harmed by pesticides. We show how routine use of chemicals harms birds, earthworms, hedgehogs, frogs, wild plants and wider nature.

Cutting pesticides - is technology the answer?

Sandra Bell, Nature campaigner15 Nov 2019

In the first of a series of blogs on innovative farming I ask whether robots could be the solution to cutting our reliance on chemicals.