Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

Guilty as charged: World Bank-funded palm oil company accused of murder in Honduras

Jan. 14, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Forests, Honduras, Human rights, Jeff conant, Palm oil, World bank

About a year ago, in March 2013, Friends of the Earth and a coalition of allied groups requested that the World Bank cease its support for Grupo Dinant, a Honduran palm oil company implicated in dozens of murders as well as other human rights abus...

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Stop Fast Track: Radio AM950 broadcasts on trade agreements and the environment

Jan. 6, 2014 / Posted by: Kate Colwell / Categories: Blog, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Am950, Bill waren, Friends of the earth, Froman, Ian levitt, Polluters' bill of rights, Tafta, The daily report, The progressive voice of minnesota, Tpp, Trans pacific partnership

On New Years Day, Ian Levitt, the host of The Daily Report on Minnesota radio station KTNF, devoted an hour of his program to the threat to the environment posed by pending Trans Atlantic and Trans Pacific trade agreements. These agreements could ...

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What's driving the palm oil industry's human rights abuses and environmental destruction? Just follow the money

Dec. 20, 2013 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Forests, Indonesia, Jeff conant, Landgrabs, Palm oil, Wilmar

If you’re an American looking to do your part to protect tropical rainforests, you need look no further than your kitchen pantry. As you’ve likely heard by now from Friends of the Earth and others, the world’s leading killer of t...

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Illegal palm plantations and illicit land grabs threaten the world’s last forests

Nov. 25, 2013 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Climate change, Forests, Indonesia, Jeff conant, Palm oil, Wall street, Wilmar

Illegal and destructive production of palm oil in Indonesia is continuing, with a chain of culpability that spreads worldwide, from Southeast Asian rain forests to supermarket shelves and Wall Street board rooms. Our new report, Commodity Crimes: ...

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75 African groups demand Obama stop pushing dirty energy through Power Africa

Nov. 15, 2013 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate change, Climate finance, Energy access, Human rights, Karen orenstein, Nigeria

Coinciding with the UN climate conference in Warsaw, 75 African groups from 18 countries sent a letter to President Obama concerning his Power Africa initiative. The letter was released as the world commemorated the anniversary of the murder of Ni...

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NY Gov. Cuomo's approval of disastrous Hudson River bill will increase future storm damage and inflict potentially catastrophic costs on taxpayers, critics say

Nov. 14, 2013 / Posted by: Adam Russell / Categories: Blog / Tags: Guest post

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval of A.8031/S.5824, a bill to subsidize building in the lower Hudson River off Manhattan, was called a "disastrous move to put more people in harm's way in the riskiest possible location -- a #1 Hurricane Ev...

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