Climate change

Is flooding in Wales getting worse?

Mike Childs04 Jan 2022

This briefing examines why so many more homes are threatened by flood water, where they are and what we can do to manage flood risk.

Is flooding in England getting worse?

Mike Childs14 Dec 2021

This briefing examines why so many more homes are threatened by flood water, where they are and what we can do to manage flood risk.

The future of Drax - Old, inefficient, damaging and expensive

09 Dec 2021

Drax power station in Selby, Yorkshire is old, inefficient, environmentally damaging and will need £billions of subsidies to survive. We argue it should start preparing for closure and its workers retrained for decent jobs elsewhere.

Failing to insulate – a double threat of fuel poverty and climate harm

Mike Childs22 Nov 2021

There’s a price to pay for decades of underfunding energy efficiency improvements to the UK’s older and badly insulated houses. And the price is causing harm to the poorest in society, pensioners, people of colour, young people and people with health and disability challenges. These communities suffer disproportionately from fuel poverty and the impact of climate breakdown, which is exacerbated by inefficient, energy-hungry homes.

Tackling climate breakdown – how do government strategies measure up?

Mike Childs16 Nov 2021

In the run-up to and at the climate talks at COP26, there was an avalanche of pledges, promises and strategies – but do they add up? Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy & Research, gives his verdict.

Tip of the iceberg: The future of fossil fuel extraction

26 Oct 2021

This report explores how the UK government supports fossil fuel extraction at home and abroad. It reveals the 40 new UK oil, gas and coal extraction projects that are in the pipeline for approval in the next few years.

A dangerous distraction – the offsetting con

Mike Childs and Paul de Zylva22 Oct 2021

Carbon offsetting and nature offsetting are both worsening the climate and nature emergencies. They can’t be made to work, at least not at scale, and trying to do so is dangerous distraction from the real job at hand, cutting carbon emissions and restoring nature.

Global Britain? 6 ways the UK can protect and restore nature

Paul de Zylva04 Oct 2021

What can the government do to restore nature here and overseas?

Why 2020-30 is a make-or-break decade for climate and nature

Paul de Zylva04 Oct 2021

We face a climate emergency and nature is in crisis – what will it take for our leaders to do the right thing?

Reducing greenhouse gases: our position

Mike Childs14 Jul 2021

Why we need to reduce global warming greenhouse gases rapidly: Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland's position.

Near You

12 Jul 2021External link

Near You is a data-driven tool that provides you with stats about your area's performance on climate and shows you how to work with local leaders to improve key areas like woodland cover and transport.

20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency

Mike Childs24 Jun 2021

Parish and town councils may not be as powerful as local authorities but they can be a force for change in addressing the climate and nature emergency.

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?

Are England’s new plans for trees and peat fit for purpose?

Paul de Zylva20 May 2021

Like proverbial double decker buses, two major action plans have arrived at the same time. The government’s Peat and Trees Action Plans were expected, but are they worth the wait? Paul de Zylva picks the high, the lows, and points to what comes next.

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.