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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.

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, Export import bank, 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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Paris’ unfinished business: A transparent no-objection procedure for the Green Climate Fund

Oct. 23, 2013 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate change, Climate finance, Ifc, Karen orenstein, World bank

When the Green Climate Fund Board met in Paris earlier this month, they postponed making a decision on the “no-objection procedure.” This procedure would require active endorsement of any GCF activity -- conveyed through a “no-ob...

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