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Tell the Prime Minister it’s time for clean air everywhere

Air pollution affects us all – but not nearly enough is being done about it. Dirty air is linked to serious health conditions including asthma, heart disease and lung cancer. And it hits children – whose lungs are still developing … Continue reading

26th Jun 2017
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It’s national Clean Air Week. We’re bringing you a tip a day.


	
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Campaigners hail UNISON decision as Greater Manchester Pension Fund faces more pressure to ditch fossil fuels

Fossil Free Greater Manchester (FFGM) today hailed UNISON’s decision that local authority pension funds should stop investing in fossil fuels. UNISON members took the decision at their annual conference in Brighton.

23rd Jun 2017
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Name The Larsen C Iceberg #ExxonKnew (350.org)

50 years after learning the truth about climate change, Exxon’s climate denial is having increasingly devastating consequences. An iceberg twice the size of Samoa is about to calve off and collapse into the ocean in one of the most dramatic … Continue reading

22nd Jun 2017
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MEPs back complete ban on bee-harming pesticides

MEPs have overwhelmingly rejected an attempt by a UK Conservative MEP to oppose a full ban on neonicotinoid pesticides that have been linked to bee decline. 43 MEPs on the Environment Committee voted against the proposal by Julie Girling MEP, … Continue reading

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More to do if we’re to be a world class city [Letter]

Dear Editor It was interesting to see the photographs of Kingsway at the Parrswood junction comparing 1935 and today (Nostalgia, MEN 14th June).

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Save Druridge : Tell the government to scrap opencast coal plans

A gorgeous stretch of coastline, Druridge Bay in Northumberland, faces desecration by a mining company desperate to gouge out three million tonnes of coal. For the past three weeks Friends of the Earth and local residents have been taking part … Continue reading

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Two out of three Lancashire residents oppose Conservative manifesto proposal to allow non-fracking drilling without planning permission

• Large parts of Lancashire are licensed for onshore oil and gas extraction • Cuadrilla have already been delayed with plans for fracking due to significant local opposition A YouGov survey [1] of Lancashire residents for Friends of the Earth released today … Continue reading

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Changes to judicial review are pricing communities out of justice

New changes to “judicial review” legal cases mean protecting the environment might just have got a whole lot more expensive. Equality before the law. It’s one of the oldest principles of our democracy – that the courts should treat you … Continue reading

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Manchester Friends of the Earth’s Response to DEFRA Consultation on Improving Air Quality

On 15th June 2017, we submitted this response to the Government’s plans for tackling nitrogen oxide pollution in our towns and cities. With thanks to Client Earth for their guidance on these issues and this particular consultation. 7 How satisfied … Continue reading


	
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A magical clean air machine… join the ‘Bicycle Bloc’ @ Manchester Day Parade (Sunday 18th June)

Manchester Day Parade 2017 is on Sunday 18th June and this year will be a celebration of all things magic and over 2000 performers will take you on a magical adventure of wonder, invention and illusion. Manchester Day 2017 promises … Continue reading

12th Jun 2017
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Speak up for Clean Air: Take 2 minutes to tell the Government what you think about the UK’s air pollution crisis

UK Air Quality Consultation Illegal and harmful levels of air pollution are harming the health of people across the UK. Legal limits of nitrogen dioxide should have been met in 2010 but successive governments have failed to get a grip … Continue reading

11th Jun 2017
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Will Theresa May allow “climate pariah” DUP to weaken action on climate?

Responding to today’s news of a hung U.K parliament and that the Conservative Party may govern with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), James Orr, Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland Director, said: “Under the DUP leadership Northern … Continue reading

9th Jun 2017
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Request from Sustrans: Models required for photo shoot next week!

We’re looking for models for a photography shoot to be part of a Bike life report on attitudes to cycling. If you are available on 14 or 15 June please get in touch with sarah.roe@sustrans.org.uk

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#GE2017: Greater Manchester survey finds cross-party support on environment – but no Conservatives respond

Manchester Friends of the Earth are today publishing the results of an online survey of the Greater Manchester General Election candidates. The survey asked candidates to tell their electorate where they stand on 12 key environmental issues including air pollution, … Continue reading

 
 
7th Jun 2017
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Trump pulls out of Paris: Friends of the Earth promises to oppose any trade deal with the US

Donald Trump has officially pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In response to the news, Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth CEO said: “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges the world faces and the next … Continue reading

2nd Jun 2017
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Friends of the Earth will oppose any trade deal with the US if Trump pulls out of Paris

Reacting to reports today (31 May) that Donald Trump will pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth CEO said: “Friends of the Earth will campaign vigorously against any trade deal with the … Continue reading

31st May 2017
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Switching On: How Renewables Will Power the UK – new report

“By 2030 renewables should be able to produce at least 75% of our electricity while maintaining system reliability” Alasdair Cameron, report author With the cost of renewable energy falling, and advances in grid management and storage technology, the UK can … Continue reading

26th May 2017
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News release: General Election 2017: A cleaner, greener, healthier, fairer UK ?

Manchester Friends of the Earth are calling on all the General Election candidates in Greater Manchester to tell their electorate where they stand on 12 key environmental issues. The online survey includes questions on fracking, climate change, energy, waste, farming, … Continue reading

 
 
24th May 2017
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News release: Australian campaigners visit Manchester to share secret to beating the fracking industry

Manchester Friends of the Earth, Frack Free Greater Manchester and Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth are inviting people to a special screening of ‘The Bentley Effect’ Movie – A Message of Hope, 3pm, Saturday 27th May at the Central … Continue reading

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TV presenters urge people to join the Great British Bee Count and help our bee-leagured bees

TV presenters Michaela Strachan and Ellie Harrison are urging people to take part in Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee Count, which begins today (Friday, 19 May 2017) and runs until 30 June. The Bee Count is also being … Continue reading

19th May 2017
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78% agree garden centres should not sell garden plants grown with pesticides harmful to bees

• Findings come as Friends of the Earth launches Great British Bee Count 2017 Over three quarters of the British public (78%) agree that garden centres and retailers should not sell plants grown with pesticides that are harmful to bees, … Continue reading

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Conservative manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction

Commenting on the content of the Conservative Party Manifesto launched today (18 May), Dave Timms, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said: “The mantra of ‘take back control’ will ring hollow for communities who face having fracking forced down their throats … Continue reading

 
 
18th May 2017
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General Election 2017: A cleaner, greener, healthier, fairer UK?

We are surveying general election candidates on their views and policies relating to environmental and social justice. You can find out what your candidates think, and help us remind them how important these issues are to voters.   Our environment … Continue reading

 
 
17th May 2017
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Greater Manchester residents urged to help our under threat bees

Join Great British Bee Count 2017 (19 May-30 June) and find out how bee-friendly your local space is. Manchester Friends of the Earth is urging local people to play their part in helping Britain’s under-threat bees by creating pollinator-friendly gardens, … Continue reading

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Lib Dem manifesto: zero waste, clean air and climate action

Commenting on the content of the Liberal Democrat Manifesto launched today (17 May), Dave Timms, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said: “These are welcome and ambitious measures to end the scandal of food waste and make efficient use of our … Continue reading

 
 
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Labour manifesto: fracking ban, Clean Air Act and nature protection

Commenting on the content of the Labour Manifesto launched today (16 May), Dave Timms, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said: “Labour’s manifesto offers a compelling and practical vision for a sustainable energy system which bans fracking, keeps our homes warm … Continue reading

 
 
16th May 2017
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Retailers urged to act after pesticides linked to bee decline discovered in “pollinator friendly” garden plants

Call comes ahead of Great British Bee Count, launched next week Garden centres and retailers are being urged to take urgent action after new research, revealed today [1], found some outlets were selling garden plants grown with pesticides linked to … Continue reading

13th May 2017
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Ask Homebase and Wyevale to ditch bee-harming pesticides

B&Q has just announced that its flowering plants will be free of neonicotinoid pesticides from next year. This is fantastic news for our bees and gardeners. 

11th May 2017
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General Election 2017 – Tweet your candidates in Stockport

On Thursday 8th June, people across Greater Manchester have the opportunity to vote for their Members of Parliament. Manchester Friends of the Earth have been asking the candidates’ views on key environmental issues. We will publish the results as they … Continue reading

 
 
10th May 2017
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General Election 2017 – Tweet your candidates in Salford

On Thursday 8th June, people across Greater Manchester have the opportunity to vote for their Members of Parliament. Manchester Friends of the Earth have been asking the candidates’ views on key environmental issues. We will publish results as they come … Continue reading

 
 
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General Election 2017 – Tweet your candidates in Rochdale

On Thursday 8th June, people across Greater Manchester have the opportunity to vote for their Members of Parliament. Manchester Friends of the Earth have been asking the candidates’ views on key environmental issues. We will publish the results as they … Continue reading

 
 
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General Election 2017 – Tweet your candidates in Bury

On Thursday 8th June, people across Greater Manchester have the opportunity to vote for their Members of Parliament. Manchester Friends of the Earth have been asking the candidates’ views on key environmental issues. See the results as they come in.

 
 
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General Election 2017 – Tweet your Bolton candidates

On Thursday 8th June, people across Greater Manchester have the opportunity to vote for their Members of Parliament.   Manchester Friends of the Earth have been asking the candidates’ views on key environmental issues. We will publish the results as they … Continue reading

 
 
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General Election 2017 – Tweet your candidates in Tameside

On Thursday 8th June, people across Greater Manchester have the opportunity to vote for their Members of Parliament. Manchester Friends of the Earth have been asking the candidates’ views on key environmental issues. We will publish the results as they … Continue reading

 
 
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General Election 2017 – Tweet your candidates in Trafford

On Thursday 8th June, people across Greater Manchester have the opportunity to vote for their Members of Parliament. Manchester Friends of the Earth have been asking the candidates’ views on key environmental issues. We will publish the results as they … Continue reading

 
 
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General Election 2017 – Tweet your candidates in Wigan

On Thursday 8th June, people across Greater Manchester have the opportunity to vote for their Members of Parliament. Manchester Friends of the Earth have been asking the candidates’ views on key environmental issues. We will publish the results as they … Continue reading

 
 
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General Election 2017 – Tweet your candidates in Manchester

On Thursday 8th June, people across Greater Manchester have the opportunity to vote for their Members of Parliament. Manchester Friends of the Earth have been asking the candidates’ views on key environmental issues. We will publish the results as they … Continue reading

 
 
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General Election 2017 – Tweet your candidates in Oldham

On Thursday 8th June, people across Greater Manchester have the opportunity to vote for their Members of Parliament. Manchester Friends of the Earth have been asking the candidates’ views on key environmental issues. We will publish the results as they … Continue reading

 
 
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Join the Rolling Resistance this July… at the Cuadrilla fracking site (Reclaim the Power)

Since fracking firm Cuadrilla started work on a drilling pad at Preston New Road in Lancashire in January 2017 the battle against this toxic industry has entered a new phase. Following years of sustained campaigning from local anti-fracking groups including … Continue reading

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B&Q to ban neonicotinoid pesticides from flowering plant range to protect bees – other retailers urged to follow suit

Garden centres and leading plant retailers are being urged by Friends of the Earth to follow B&Q’s lead after the retailer announced today (Tuesday 9 May) that it has banned suppliers from using neonicotinoid pesticides in its flowering plant range … Continue reading

 
 
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Can you help fund solar power in the Himalayas?

One of our volunteers, Fatin, tells us about the Global Himalayan Expedition 2017… There are many people in this world who have never even seen something as basic as a light bulb! Thus, this campaign is been set up to fundraise … Continue reading

7th May 2017

	
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Greater Manchester Mayor result – Manchester Friends of the Earth response

Responding to the announcement that Andy Burnham has been elected Greater Manchester Mayor, Manchester Friends of the Earth welcome the commitments Andy Burnham made to:

 
 
5th May 2017
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Government air quality plans “woefully inadequate” with a “breath-taking lack of detail” – says Friends of the Earth

The government’s draft Air Quality Plan has been branded “woefully inadequate” and won’t deliver clean air for all Friends of the Earth warned today (5 May 2017) as they call on manufacturers to foot more of the bill.

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General Election 2017: A cleaner, greener, healthier, fairer UK

Our environment can’t wait.  For too long action has been seen as something that will only benefit future generations or put off as a ‘nice to have’. But the harm done by problems such as air pollution and run-away climate … Continue reading

 
 
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Metro mayor election – what do your candidates think about the environment?

On Thursday 4th May, Greater Manchester will elect our first ever Metro Mayor.  In the run up to the election, Manchester Friends of the Earth has encouraged Greater Manchester residents to ask the Mayoral candidates to pledge support for 12 … Continue reading

 
 
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UPDATE: Stop funding fracking: Send your message to Barclays’ Chairman

This news is massive. Over 70,000 people – petitioned Barclays Bank to pull out of fracking. We’ve just heard that the chairman of Barclays has told shareholders that they’re planning to pull their money out of Third Energy – the … Continue reading

2nd May 2017
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4th May – Greater Manchester Mayoral Elections – Your Candidates’ Views on Environmental Issues

On 4th May 2017, Greater Manchester goes to the polls to elect the first Mayor for the whole of the conurbation. Manchester Friends of the Earth asked all candidates to respond to a set of questions on environmental and social … Continue reading

 
 
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Get ready for Real Bread Week

Between 6 and 14 May 2017, bakeries and baking schools around the globe will be leading a farinaceous frenzy of fougasse formation. In French cuisine, fougasse is a type of bread typically associated with Provence but found (with variations) in … Continue reading

30th Apr 2017
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Defend plans to halve Europe’s food waste

Every year in the EU we waste an estimated 88 million tonnes of food. But there’s hope – after massive pressure from people across Europe, the European Parliament voted in favour of targets to halve EU food waste from farm … Continue reading

29th Apr 2017
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Government ordered to publish Air Quality Plans – Friends of the Earth reaction

Friends of the Earth welcomes today’s High Court decision to order the government to publish its draft Air Quality Plans after the local elections, putting people’s health before political process. The government was mandated to produce a draft Air Quality Plan … Continue reading

27th Apr 2017
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Bike Friday says Vote Bike!

In April 2017, join Love Your Bike at our monthly Bike Friday cycle to work event in highlighting the importance of cycling to GM Mayoral election votes and candidates. See you on Friday 28th April! More details on Bike Friday … Continue reading


	
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Support for farmers to go bee-friendly needed as government bans harmful peticides

Responding to news today that the National Farming Union’s (NFU) application for an emergency authorisation for neonicotinoid seed treatments has been declined by DEFRA Minister George Eustice, Friends of the Earth’s nature campaigner, Sandra Bell, said: “Once again the NFU’s … Continue reading

26th Apr 2017
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News release: GM Mayoral Hustings: What About the Environment?

With Greater Manchester on the verge of electing its first ever Metro Mayor a coalition of environment campaigns have organised the “What About the Environment?” hustings on Friday 28th April to give people the chance to quiz the mayoral candidates … Continue reading

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Manchester doctors, teachers and religious leaders call for air pollution action

Doctors, teachers, religious leaders and academics from Manchester have called on the city’s mayoral candidates to commit to cleaning up the city’s illegal levels of air pollution. Doctors from University Hospital of South Manchester, academics from the University of Manchester … Continue reading

25th Apr 2017
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Outrageous delay to new draft Air Quality Plan – says Friends of the Earth

The delay to publication of the government’s draft Air Quality Plan, due today, is appallingly bad for people’s health, say Friends of the Earth, as the environmental charity demands a Plan that will deliver clean air everywhere.

24th Apr 2017
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Join the Great British Bee Count

Join us for the Great British Bee Count from 19 May – 30 June 2017 and discover the wonderful world of bees in our gardens, streets and green spaces this summer.

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European Cycling Challenge 2017 (1-31st May)

The European Cycling Challenge is the biggest urban cyclists’ team competition, which takes  place every year May, 1-31. Join the Team of your City, track your bike trips, challenge other European cities!


	
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General Election 2017 is chance to commit to a healthy environment

The 2017 General Election gives the Prime Minister and the other political party leaders an opportunity to recommit to existing environmental protections Prime Minister Theresa May has called a general election. She says she needs a strong mandate for her Brexit plans. … Continue reading

 
 

	
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Urgent: stand up for the future you want – Ask your MP to champion the issues that matter to you

We just found out that political parties’ are finalising their election manifestos this weekend! That means we have to tell MPs what kind of future we want now.

 
 
17th Apr 2017
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News release: Vote for Cycling!

On Friday 28th April, Manchester Friends of the Earth are encouraging people across Greater Manchester to ‘Vote for Cycling’ when casting their vote in the Mayor election on Thursday 4th May. To become a world class cycling city, Greater Manchester … Continue reading

 
 
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Let’s give Manchester’s bees a helping hand!

Let’s make Manchester a City of Bees! Many of us will have heard of—or even taken part in—City of Trees, the drive to plant three million trees across Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.

12th Apr 2017
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Ask your MP to back the ban on bee-harming pesticides

Right now, 3 neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) are banned in the UK and other European countries after they were found to pose a risk to bees.

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Easter survey reveals the need for faster action on peat-free gardening

As the nation’s gardeners prepare for spring, a new survey reveals a lack of real choice for consumers looking for peat-free composts at garden centres and other outlets. It highlights the need for more determined action to phase out peat … Continue reading

11th Apr 2017
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Almost half of Britons back restrictions on polluting cars, only 18% opposed – as Friends of the Earth calls for government commitment to clean air everywhere

Government Air Quality Plan expected this week Environmental charity urges government to act on dirty diesel The government is being urged by Friends of the Earth to act on dirty diesel vehicles in its soon-to-be-published draft air quality plan after … Continue reading

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Tell the Government they’re going wrong on housing

The new housing planning policy in England will ignore ordinary people and could mean more blots on the landscape. But we can make the government think again.

 
 
7th Apr 2017
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Eating Better for a Fair Green Healthy Future

Taking the Pulse of Hospital Food

A new survey of hospital food shows that whilst there is some fantastic work going on that should be celebrated, many hospitals are still falling short when it comes to serving food that is healthy and sustainable for patients, staff … Continue reading

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Huge public backing for councils to reduce grass-cutting to help save our bees

•    Reducing grass-cutting saves money for cash-strapped councils •    Nearly two thirds (63%) of public say councils should be doing more to help protect our bees •    Buglife and Friends of the Earth launch council guide to help pollinators at … Continue reading

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Manchester Friends of the Earth welcomes GM pledge to meet World Health Organisation air pollution target by 2030

Manchester Friends of the Earth welcomes the announcement that Greater Manchester has become the UK’s first member of the ‘BreatheLife’ cities network, and has pledged to achieve the World Health Organisation’s strict air quality guidelines by 2030. [1]

5th Apr 2017
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Children and families at Basecamp

Basecamp has always prided itself on being the most family-friendly activist gathering in the UK. And this year we’re excited to announce that we’ll be running a full programme for children and young people from age 3 right up to 16. … Continue reading

 
 
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Ask your Mayoral candidates to pledge support for a sustainable Greater Manchester

On Thursday 4th May, the people of Greater Manchester will have a historic opportunity to vote for our region’s first elected Mayor.

 
 
2nd Apr 2017
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Don’t Let Brexit Mean Bad Food Britain (Sustain)

Tell your MP we don’t want Bad Food Britain now. Taking back control means that we should keep sensible standards that are already in place, and work in future to make them even better when we leave Europe.

1st Apr 2017
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We need your help to find Greater Manchester’s heritage trees!

We need your help to find GM’s heritage trees! Join us in May to learn what to look for. We are recruiting a team of volunteers to help us find Greater Manchester’s much loved and special trees. Volunteers will be … Continue reading


	
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Great Repeal Bill isn’t enough to protect our environment

With the environment left out of the UK’s Article 50 letter, it’s vital that the Great Repeal Bill brings over not just the laws, but the principles, which protect our environment warns Friends of the Earth as the Great Repeal Bill White … Continue reading

30th Mar 2017
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Sustainable diets: taking back control of an out-of-control food system

Another week, another scandalous food story.  On Monday, MPs on the Health Select Committee rapped the government on the knuckles for failing to stop supermarkets offering “deep discounts” on unhealthy food. It turns out that an astonishing 40% of the food … Continue reading

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Sherwood Forest fracking plans – the fight continues

Local resistance, huge petitions and investigative exposes have helped stall INEOS’s dash for shale gas – but there’s lots of work to do still.  At the start of this year, an investigation by Friends of the Earth revealed that chemicals firm INEOS wanted … Continue reading

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New scheme to rate cars on real-world air pollution impact – Friends of the Earth reaction

Responding to today’s (29 March) announcement that the Mayors of London and Paris are introducing a scheme to rate cars based on their real-world emissions and impact on air quality, Oliver Hayes, Friends of the Earth’s air pollution campaigner, said: … Continue reading

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Can you help Manchester FoE with these upcoming events & actions?

There are couple of actions and events coming up over the next couple of weekends that we’d love your help with!

 
 
24th Mar 2017

	
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“Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides” – Friends of the Earth reaction

Responding to a report in the Guardian  that draft regulations show the European Commission wants to prohibit the insecticides that cause ‘acute risks to bees’, Friends of the Earth senior nature campaigner Paul de Zylva said: “Evidence of the harm … Continue reading

23rd Mar 2017
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How to make an energy-saving dessert in 9 easy steps

We can’t all star in the Great British Bake Off like eco-friendly baker Ian Cummings (pictured right) – but we can all help to save energy when we cook. Ian is celebrating Earth Hour 2017 (25 March) by sharing his energy-saving favourite recipe – delicious … Continue reading


	
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Princess Anne and GM crops

Responding to reported comments by Princess Anne on GM crops, Friends of the Earth’s senior food and farming campaigner, Clare Oxborrow said: “GM crops are right now exacerbating the very worst impacts of industrial farming.

22nd Mar 2017
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Nature secret weapon in fight for better health

As the world marks the international day of forests, researchers find that failing to provide access to nature to deprived communities could entrench health inequality. A review of available evidence points to a strong link between lack of access to … Continue reading

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Case for tripling roads budget based on wishful thinking, say campaigners (CPRE)

Landmark research shows scant evidence that road schemes produce economic benefits, but that they increase traffic dramatically and damage the countryside New research published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) today reveals that road-building is failing to provide … Continue reading

20th Mar 2017
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Stop Cuadrilla from breaking the rules on fracking

Fracking company Cuadrilla are itching to get drilling in Lancashire. They’ve already started work on site. All against the wishes of local people.  What makes this even worse is that they haven’t carried out all the water testing they are … Continue reading

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Ask your MEPs to clean up vehicle testing (Campaign for Better Transport)

In April 2017, MEPs have a real chance to do something about air pollution from vehicles – let’s make sure they take it. 

17th Mar 2017
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Manchester Court to hear Lancashire Fracking legal appeals tomorrow

A local community fighting fracking in Lancashire is taking the Government to court at a hearing in Manchester tomorrow (15 March) which could last until Friday. Preston New Road Action Group are appealing the decision by the Secretary of State … Continue reading

14th Mar 2017
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Switch to Good Energy – raise money for Friends of the Earth!

Every time someone switches to Good Energy and quotes “FOE fracking”, our friends there will donate £60 to Friends of the Earth, which we will use to support our campaign to stop fracking. Every switch helps us continue our work … Continue reading

12th Mar 2017
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The Meteor FREE Journalism Course

Is there a story in your community that is crying out to be told to a wider audience? Is an important issue many care about not being covered in the mainstream media? Are you concerned about the increasing bias and … Continue reading

 
 
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Help keep peat in its place

Peat is hugely important for nature and for tackling climate change and floods. But for decades it has been dug up, bagged and put in our gardens.

9th Mar 2017
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Budget: Chancellor silent on UK air pollution scandal – and pledges more climate-wrecking oil and gas extraction

Friends of the Earth has slammed today’s budget after the Chancellor failed to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis, which leads to tens of thousands of premature deaths every year. Mr Hammond also signalled the UK’s continuing addiction to climate-wrecking … Continue reading

8th Mar 2017
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Dear Chancellor… Seven great transport ideas for the Budget! (Campaign for Better Transport)

8 March is Budget day: let’s send Chancellor Philip Hammond some positive ideas for improving transport!

7th Mar 2017
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Act on Pesticides (Pesticide Action Network)

The government is under pressure to remove hard-won pesticide regulations when we leave the EU. Big agribusiness is lobbying hard to weaken the safety rules. If we don’t act now, we could see toxic products in the UK that are … Continue reading

6th Mar 2017
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Women go Danish for Breakfast Bike Ride to Whitworth

Over 50 women will join a breakfast bike ride to the Whitworth Art Gallery this International Women’s Day (8 March) to celebrate the start of safer ‘Danish-style’ cycling conditions in the city. The ride, which is organised by charities Sustrans … Continue reading

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Budget: 45% of motorists say they would be likely to switch to cleaner vehicle if government provided financial incentive

Friends of the Earth renewed its call on the Chancellor to introduce a scrappage scheme for the dirtiest diesel cars after a survey it commissioned with YouGov revealed that nearly half of car-owning British adults (45%) would be likely to … Continue reading

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Beat the bottle (CPRE)

By Sam Harding, CPRE Litter Programme Director If you’re that way inclined, there are many places you can see the results of our bad habits with used drinks containers, largely because people aren’t selective about where they throw them. The … Continue reading


	
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Public to measure UK air pollution in huge citizen science project

Friends of the Earth’s citizen science project to measure air pollution hopes to become biggest of its kind, as survey reveals only 1 in 10 think their air quality is bad.

1st Mar 2017
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Revealed: only 6% people in the North West think their air quality is bad despite toxic levels of air pollution in the region

  Birkenhead, Greater Manchester and Liverpool are all breaching legal air pollution limits Today Friends of the Earth launch nationwide citizen science air pollution experiment Friends of the Earth is calling on people across the North West to take part … Continue reading

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Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site

Stonehenge is an icon of our islands. Together with the surrounding landscape it is an archaeological treasure store without parallel in Europe. But now the government plans to build an “expressway” and tunnel through the Stonehenge UNESCO World Heritage Site.

27th Feb 2017
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32 no-fly holiday ideas

Holidays often conjure up images of jetting off to a sunny resort. But does every holiday have to start at the airport?  Flying – short or long haul – is one of the most unsustainable modes of transport. The solution … Continue reading

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What is Donald Trump’s policy on food and will it affect the UK?

Trump’s attitudes to food will be increasingly important for the UK as post-Brexit Britain seeks to replace European trading partners. Hormone-treated beef anyone?

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Revealed: Cuadrilla planning to start drilling without completing groundwater monitoring as required by law

A Friends of the Earth investigation has revealed that fracking company Cuadrilla are planning to start drilling in Lancashire in the next few weeks before completing the 12 months of groundwater monitoring required by law.

21st Feb 2017
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Why we oppose a state visit by Donald Trump to Britain

A State visit by Donald Trump to the UK adds legitimacy to his ideas and actions. That’s why we oppose rolling out the red carpet for Donald Trump.

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Stop the attack on the UK solar industry

Recent government cuts to the solar industry have already triggered an estimated 12,000 job losses. But now it’s been revealed the government could allow a huge new tax hike to be inflicted on the industry, one that could leave businesses … Continue reading

18th Feb 2017
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An update from the Love your planet – Valentine’s renewables meeting

Thanks to everyone who came to our special Valentine’s meeting on Tuesday. We started with some chocolates and a couple of videos to get us in the mood, including a milky love story, a hot date night, and one that … Continue reading

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Air pollution: the impact of the 1956 Clean Air Act

Smog caused by cars, factories, and coal fires is shortening lives. So what lessons can we learn from the Clean Air Act of 1956? Air pollution caused around 7 million premature deaths in 2012, according to the World Health Organisation. Tens of … Continue reading

16th Feb 2017

	
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INEOS plan to put drilling rig in Sherwood Forest, investigation reveals

Chemicals giant INEOS has identified a potential shale gas drilling site in the heart of Sherwood Forest, Friends of the Earth can reveal. The revelation comes weeks after INEOS told local people that it had no intention of drilling inside … Continue reading

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What Nature Does for Britain by Tony Juniper

– According to the ONS, nature is worth around £1.5 trillion per year to the UK economy (which is about the same as the national deficit) – The estimated annual cost to the UK arising from soil degradation is between … Continue reading

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Pesticide firms’ legal challenge to ban on bee-harming pesticides

A pesticide industry legal challenge [1] to current EU restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides is taking place today and tomorrow (15-16 February). Friends of the Earth says there is growing scientific evidence of the threat these chemicals pose to bees and … Continue reading

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UK receives “final warning” from Europe for breaching air pollution limits

The UK government must introduce Clean Air Zones across the country and commit to cleaning up the UK’s air faster says Friends of the Earth, as the European Commission today (15 February) issues a “final warning” demanding that the UK … Continue reading

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Green group calls on GM mayor candidates to support Clean Air Act fit for the 21st Century

Manchester Friends of the Earth is calling on all the Greater Manchester mayoral candidates to pledge their support for a new Clean Air Act fit for the 21st Century.(1) A coalition of health, environment, transport and other groups including  Friends … Continue reading

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Green group welcomes Andy Burnham’s commitment to tackle GM’s filthy air

Responding to a commitment announced today (13 February) by Labour’s Greater Manchester mayor candidate Andy Burnham (1), to tackle illegal levels of air pollution in the city-region, Catherine Thomson from Manchester Friends of the Earth said: “Manchester Friends of the … Continue reading

13th Feb 2017
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How to make a wildflower meadow

If you’ve got a patch of grass in the garden, the chances are it will make a beautiful wildflower meadow. Just let the grass grow for most of the year, and with the occasional horticultural tweak, you’ll discover what wildflowers … Continue reading

12th Feb 2017

	
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Can you help save a community wind power project? Legal Appeal- Community Benefits and Planning

Please help Reslient Energy Serverndale to pursue this Court of Appeal action to help clarify how Community Benefits can lawfully be considered in Community Energy planning decisions, as encouraged by National Planning Policy.

11th Feb 2017

	
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Grow for it! Youth funding

Applications are now open for “Grow For It” youth-led funding awards. There are two funding streams:Transform a Space and Get Creative.

10th Feb 2017

	
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Brexit and Donald Trump: 5 reasons UK farmers should not rush into a trade deal with the US

Donald Trump has promised the UK a trade deal to help the government make Brexit a “great success”.  This should concern environmentalists, UK farmers and the public. Even without Trump, the US is a famously aggressive trade negotiator. And it … Continue reading

9th Feb 2017

	
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Armstrong Aggregates announced it will terminate work with AE Yates Ltd and drilling firm Cuadrilla

ANTI-FRACKING protesters celebrated today as a Bolton firm ended its involvement in a controversial project. Quarry operators Armstrong Aggregates announced that it will terminate work with AE Yates Ltd and drilling firm Cuadrilla to provide materials for the building of … Continue reading

8th Feb 2017
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Send an anti-CETA Valentine’s card to your MEPs

On Valentine’s day, the Labour MEPs (members of the European parliament) for the UK are meeting to decide how they will vote the following day on the implementation of CETA*. This vote will determine whether the toxic trade deal between … Continue reading

 
 
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Bees: Government urged to reject NFU application to use banned pesticide

Responding to today’s NFU announcement that it has applied for emergency use of banned neonicotinoid seed treatments for “a proportion of the English oilseed rape crop”, Friends of the Earth food and farming campaigner Sandra Bell said: “With mounting scientific … Continue reading

7th Feb 2017
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Housing White Paper: developers win again

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell had been expected to set out a range of radical plans to boost the housing supply with the release of the government’s much-anticipated and delayed Housing White Paper today. However, there was little to indicate that … Continue reading

 
 
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Tell the government to end coal now

The government’s consultation on the future of coal power closes at 5pm this Wednesday. Do you have a couple of minutes before then to help end this polluting, out-dated form of energy generation?

6th Feb 2017
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National Vegetarian Week (Vegetarian Society funding)

The Vegetarian Society is making grants of up to £2,000 for activities or events to celebrate National Vegetarian Week. The Week runs from 15-21 May this year, and activities that take place in that period or the two weeks before … Continue reading


	
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Ask your MP not to waste our money on HS2

Our railways are in crisis but MPs will soon vote for the final time on spending what will be at least £55.7 billion on the wrong plan: High Speed 2 (HS2).

3rd Feb 2017
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European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards – nominations are open

Subsidising fossil fuels stands in the way of climate action across Europe while threatening our health, environment and economies. Expose the financial support for dirty energy in your country by nominating a fossil fuel subsidy for the first ever European … Continue reading

2nd Feb 2017
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Ask your supermarket to take action on packaging waste

1 billion black plastic food trays go to landfill each year. Let’s fix this. We were shocked to hear that billions of the “recyclable” black plastic trays used for many ready meals and other food items end up in landfill.

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Brexit white paper – Friends of the Earth reaction

The government’s Brexit white paper commitment to bring current EU environmental protections into UK law is welcomed by Friends of the Earth but, as the charity points out, the devil will be in the detail.

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Heathrow consultation: Third runway ‘will bring more noise, pollution and misery’

Commenting on proposals for a third runway at Heathrow published today by the government, Friends of the Earth London campaigner Sophie Neuburg said: “Airport expansion will bring more noise, pollution and misery to local communities.

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Government urged to act after UN expert warns UK air pollution threatens the human rights of children

Reacting to a warning by the UN special rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes Baskut Tuncak that the UK’s appalling air pollution problem threatens the human rights of children, Friends of the Earth air pollution campaigner Oliver Hayes said: “Mr … Continue reading

31st Jan 2017
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NFU flooding manifesto welcomed – but damaging practices must be reformed

Responding to the NFU’s flooding manifesto, which was unveiled today, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole said: “The NFU is absolutely right to warn of the dangers of increased flooding driven by climate change, and right to call … Continue reading

26th Jan 2017
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UK will look ‘weak and desperate’ if Theresa May fails to challenge Trump on climate change

Theresa May must challenge Donald Trump over climate change when the two leaders meet in Washington this Friday, (27 January), the heads of Friends of the Earth US and Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland said today … Continue reading

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Historic plan to cut EU food waste in half. Thank you

The EU has agreed an historic commitment to halve food waste across Europe, following campaigning by Friends of the Earth supporters and others. 60,000 of you joined us and almost 50 other organisations to demand that countries across Europe commit to tackle the … Continue reading

25th Jan 2017
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275,000 strong campaign to save Sherwood Forest from fracking

Friar Tuck has joined the campaign to save Sherwood Forest from fracking, as a petition signed by over a quarter of a million people is handed to Environment minister, Andrea Leadsom, today (25 January). The actor Phil Rose, who played … Continue reading

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Where next for the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework?

The deadline for responses to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework consultation passed  at 23.59 on Monday 16th January 2017.  So what comes next?

 
 
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Drive less – Breathe easier : Air Quality email action

Manchester Friends of the Earth believes that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Mayor need to provide clear leadership on urgent actions to improve air quality by reducing single-occupancy car journeys, cleaning up bus engines, and providing an environment … Continue reading

24th Jan 2017
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Food waste to be halved by 2030

countries across the Europe, including Britain, have formally pledged to try and cut their food waste by 50% by 2030 campaigners call for target to be binding Pressure from Friends of the Earth and people across the continent, including 60,000 … Continue reading

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Restrict traffic during London toxic air alert, before restricting outdoor play

Reacting to today’s air pollution alert in London which is so high that adults and children have been told to reduce outdoor activities, Friends of the Earth London campaigner, Sophie Neuburg said: “It’s outrageous that children, who have done nothing … Continue reading

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Go Green Week (13-19th Feb 2017) People and Planet

Go Green Week is less than a month away – so time to start planning! From 13-19 February, students across the country will be holding events that raise awareness and take action towards the struggle for climate justice, and a … Continue reading


	
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Trump vs the Climate: Which side are you on?

Climate change is an ever more urgent threat. 2016 was the hottest year on record. But Donald Trump has threatened to pull the US out of global climate agreements and has packed his team with fossil fuel executives and climate … Continue reading

22nd Jan 2017
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Fresh concern over emissions reduction plan as government ducks more robust reporting (Client Earth)

Under the UK Climate Change Act, the government is soon to release its latest five-yearly plan for cutting emissions. But if it is really to work, the government needs to commit to regularly appraise progress against this plan, and to … Continue reading

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Trump won’t ‘Make America Great Again’ by ditching action on climate change, warns Friends of the Earth

Speaking ahead of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration later today (Friday 20 January 2017), Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) chief executive Craig Bennett said: “The battle to prevent the world spinning towards catastrophic climate change is going … Continue reading

20th Jan 2017
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Stand up for Stonehenge

With our allies in the Stonehenge Alliance, Campaign for Better Transport are fighting controversial plans for tunnelling the A303.

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Why fracking will not happen in Lancashire

Local resident near proposed fracking site in Lancashire, Claire Stephenson explains why she thinks there won’t be fracking, and how you can help fight it. On Thursday 5 January Cuadrilla moved on to Preston New Road with its contractors, AE Yates of Bolton … Continue reading

18th Jan 2017
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Synopsis of CPRE’s response to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

CPRE believes the Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework needs improvement for the next Publication Version or it risks promoting short term unsustainable development growth and it will imperil Greater Manchester Combined Authority GMCA’s own stated aims and objectives for sustainable … Continue reading

 
 

	
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Call for tougher action as London put on toxic air alert

Reacting to news that Mayor Sadiq Khan put London on air pollution alert for at least three days, Friends of the Earth London campaigner, Sophie Neuburg said: “It’s a scandal that millions of people, in one of the richest cities … Continue reading


	
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Manchester Friends of the Earth response to the Greater Manchester Spatial framework consultation.

Our response to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework sets out the following objections: * Failure to tackle the site specific and broader issues of air quality * Unnecessary release of green belt * Failure to promote healthy living and tackle … Continue reading

 
 
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Let’s talk about the fracking facts – Craig Bennett

Fracking firm Cuadrilla has started work on their site at Preston New Road in Lancashire, despite opposition from local residents and their elected representatives. If they succeed in fracking it would be the first time fracking has taken place in the UK … Continue reading

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As storm surge threatens coast, climate risks must be held at bay

With the eastern coast of England braced for flooding from a storm surge, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole said: “The east coast has seen terrible flooding as a result of storm surges before, in 1953 and 2013 – … Continue reading

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Backing for Swansea tidal lagoon welcomed – but Govt mustn’t ignore solar and wind investment

Welcoming an independent review by former energy minister Charles Hendry, published today, which backs the development of a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, Haf Elgar, acting director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, said: “This is welcome news – a tidal … Continue reading

12th Jan 2017
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£13 billion of edible food needlessly thrown away

Responding to new figures, published today [Tuesday 10 January 2017] by WRAP revealing that £13 billion of edible food was needlessly thrown away from homes in 2015, Friends of the Earth food campaigner Kierra Box said: “While people live in food … Continue reading

10th Jan 2017
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Mind the Gap 2016 – Report (Transport & Environment)

This report examines the difference between the official laboratory test results and real-world CO2 emissions and fuel economy of cars. It shows the current system has totally failed and explains how to fix the problems. The difference between official laboratory … Continue reading


	
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Bees: EU Food watchdog delays its review of neonic pesticide

The European Food Safety Authority has delayed its much-anticipated review of three neonicotinoid pesticides – currently subject to EU restrictions – until the autumn. EFSA had been due to publish a full re-evaluation of the scientific evidence of the safety … Continue reading

9th Jan 2017
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Why bee-harming pesticides must be banned on wheat too

In 2013 three bee harming neonicotinoid pesticides were banned in the UK. Or were they? The truth is these bee-harming pesticides are still legally used on British farms, including on our wheat. What’s more, we now know that a lot of the … Continue reading

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London breaks air pollution limits for 2017 in just five days

Just five days into the New Year Brixton Road in London has already breached air pollution limits for the whole of 2017, Friends of the Earth reveals today. EU air pollution rules say that sites can only breach hourly limits … Continue reading

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Bees: Pesticide restrictions must be extended to wheat – new Friends of the Earth report

Current EU restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides must be extended to wheat to protect bees and other wildlife, Friends of the Earth warns today (Thursday 5 January 2017) in a new report published at the Oxford Real Farming Conference [1,2,3]. Three … Continue reading

5th Jan 2017
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Cuadrilla’s leaflet complaint is dropped without a ruling, while evidence of fracking risks grows

After more than a year of investigation, the ASA has closed fracking company Cuadrilla’s complaint against Friends of the Earth without making a ruling. Meanwhile, evidence of the risks of fracking continues to grow.

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Planning for the climate challenge (TCPA report)

Planning for the Climate Challenge? Understanding the performance of English local plans : report from Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). Despite the increasing intensity and frequency of climate-related impacts, local plans are not delivering on the basic standards set … Continue reading

3rd Jan 2017

	
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What are Donald Trump’s policies on climate change and environment issues?

Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of all international climate treaties, dismantle the US Environmental Protection Agency, and is on record saying that global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese to attack US manufacturing.


	
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NASA creates groundbreaking new 3D visualization of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide plays a significant role in trapping heat in Earth’s atmosphere. The gas is released from human activities like burning fossil fuels, and the concentration of carbon dioxide moves and changes through the seasons.

 
 

	
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Save Sherwood Forest from fracking

Global chemicals company INEOS wants to frack Sherwood Forest, an investigation by Friends of the Earth has revealed. Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request show INEOS – via their land surveyors, Fisher German – to have been in correspondence with the Forestry Commission … Continue reading

1st Jan 2017
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