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A trip through Sri Lanka: an account of the environmental situation in this country

Interview with the Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Justice – Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka

Plastic pollution in Sri Lanka, a current issue at world level in environmental terms, and a study that reports about the presence of high levels of mercury in the local population where there is a Chinese-built coal-fired power station, are some of the issues Sri Lankan activist, Hemantha Withanage, made  … Read more

GACKO THERMAL POWER PLANT SICKENS AND KILLS

Friends of the Earth Bosnia and Herzegovina denounced Gacko thermal power plant caused 158 deaths in one year

The thermal power plant located in Gacko municipality has caused multiple human health problems since it was built in 1983. It is the second biggest polluter in the Western Balkans due to its emission of fine particles (PM10). In 2016 alone it caused 158 deaths, 331 cases of bronchitis in children and  … Read more

Military police officers arrested for murder of Marielle Franco

They were detained in Rio two days before the anniversary of the murder - The masterminds have not been found yet

Retired military police officer Ronnie Lessa (48) and former military police Élcio Vieira de Queiroz (46) were arrested in the early morning of March 12, accused of being the ones who executed Marielle Franco, councilwoman of PSOL Party and her driver, Anderson Gomes, almost a year ago. The arrest was  … Read more

Nuclear power and coal? No, thanks

Japan freezes toxic energy projects - Friends of the Earth Japan calls on the government to promote the use of renewable energy

Japanese company Hitachi, through its subsidiary Horizon, announced it will suspend the building of a new nuclear reactor on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales (UK), the site of the British oldest nuclear power plant closed in 2015. The project was announced in 2017, but in January 2019, Hitachi officially  … Read more

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Climate incompatible France-Spain gas pipeline cancelled

Red card to EU-backed ‘MidCat’ is major victory for campaigners - By Friends of the Earth Europe

In a victory for the movement for a fossil free Europe, a climate-damaging gas pipeline project between France and Catalonia has today been blocked by French energy regulators. Permission and funding for the central portion of the controversial ‘MidCat’ mega-project – the STEP (South Transit Eastern Pyrenees) – was refused by France’s Energy  … Read more

CENSORSHIP IN VACA MUERTA

German photographer recording oil pollution has accused Argentinian police officers of censorship and violence

Stefan Borghardt is a German photojournalist who came to Neuquen to report about fracking in Argentina and particularly to photograph the development of the Vaca Muerta megaproject. On January 7th he was arrested by the police while he was taking photographs of the activities at the oil waste management plant  … Read more

One leader murdered per day

During the first week of 2019, six Colombian defenders of territories and peoples rights were murdered

The murder of Maritza Quiroz, leader of the Santa Marta Victims Roundtable, on January 6th, was the sixth political murder that took place in the first week of 2019. The crimes against Colombian territory defenders continue unabated and are a cause of concern for social organizations throughout the country that  … Read more

“Peasant Rights are Human Rights”

UN General Assembly approves the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants

With 121 votes in favor, 8 negative and 54 abstentions, the General Assembly of the United Nations approved on Monday, December 17, in a historic event, the Declaration of Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas. Now the focus will be on the implementation of this Declaration  … Read more

Real World Radio Europe #19

#RefugeesWelcome - Speaking up for refugees in Croatia (and elsewhere)

Voices of solidarity with refugees have recently been drowned out by hate speech or even systematically silence. This happened in the Balkans, where hundreds of thousands of people in need have arrived, but also in the rest of Europe. Now is the moment for us to be louder! Marija from  … Read more

Mozambican journalist detained

Statement by Justiça Ambiental - Friends of the Earth Mozambique

We have just heard that Mozambican journalist Estacio Valoi and 2 foreign journalists have been detained in Palma, Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique. This happened on the morning on 17 December 2018, by the Forças Armadas de Defesa de Moçambique (Defense Forces of Mozambique). The journalists had permission from the local and provincial authorities  … Read more