Nature

Three things the government must do to end the peat scandal

Paul de Zylva28 May 2024

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.

It’s time we paid farmers properly, and more

Paul de Zylva10 May 2024

Paul de Zylva examines the unsustainable future facing many UK farmers and the factors that should be considered in creating a fair price for farming.

Friends of the Earth’s demands for the general election

07 Nov 2023

We're demanding urgent climate and nature action from all political parties. Find out what we're calling for them to commit to in their election manifestos.

Urban cooling by trees and green spaces - research findings

12 Jul 202317.84 MB PDF file

New research for 5 English cities shows that trees and green spaces cool some neighbourhoods by up to 5 degrees. This research document includes heat maps for these cities, alongside a description of the cooling provided and the research methodology used.

Is flooding in England getting worse?

Mike Childs29 Apr 2023

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 Wales getting worse?

Mike Childs29 Apr 2023

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.

Spreadsheet of tree cover by English local authority areas

02 Mar 202335 kB XLSX file

This spreadsheet contains local authority area level data on tree cover. The data is derived from Environment Agency National LiDAR Programme data. Algorithm development and data processing were done by Terra Sulis Research CIC on behalf of Friends of the Earth.

Spreadsheet of tree cover by English neighbourhoods

02 Mar 20232.56 MB XLSX file

This spreadsheet contains neighbourhood level data on tree cover. The data is derived from Environment Agency National LiDAR Programme data. Algorithm development and data processing were done by Terra Sulis Research CIC on behalf of Friends of the Earth.

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.

Bad news for bees as neonics greenlighted again. And again.

Sandra Bell06 Feb 2023

Once again the government has given temporary approval to lift the ban on bee-harming chemicals against the recommendation of its own advisors.

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.

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.

How well are the UK and the EU protecting nature?

Paul de Zylva04 Oct 2022

Nature is in crisis. The UK and EU must not preside over another lost decade of delay and destruction.

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

Paul de Zylva20 Jul 2022

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