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Report Helps Manufacturers Calculate Products’ Land, Water Footprints

Report Helps Manufacturers Calculate Products’ Land, Water Footprints

A new report aims to help manufacturers calculate the land and water footprints of the products they sell. The Mind Your Step report, from Friends of the Earth and Trucost, estimates how much land and water brands such as Apple, Kraft and Gap use in a year to produce a … Read more »

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McDonald’s, Beef Industry Slammed for ‘Greenwashing’

McDonald’s and the rest of the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef are “greenwashing” beef production with their principles and criteria for global sustainable beef, according to consumer, worker and environmental groups. In a letter to the Roundtable’s Executive Committee, 23 groups — including Friends of the Earth, Animal Welfare Approved, … Read more »

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Cruise Lines Give FOE’s Report Card an F

Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) members — including Royal Caribbean International, Carnival and Disney Cruise Line — will no longer participate in Friends of the Earth’s environmental survey. In a July 3 letter from CLIA president and CEO Christine Duffy, the industry group says while the “cruise industry fully supports … Read more »

Disney Gets an A, Carnival an F for Cruise Line Sewage Treatment

Disney Gets an A, Carnival an F for Cruise Line Sewage Treatment

Disney Cruise Line is the most environmentally responsible line, earning an A for sewage treatment and an overall A grade, according to Friends of the Earth’s 2013 Cruise Ship Report Card. Disney is the only cruise line to score that highly and the first A ever issued in the annual … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Tax Axed, EPA Sued over ‘Sue and Settle’

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd yesterday announced that the country will replace its carbon tax with a market-based trading system one year ahead of schedule, the New York Times reported. The change is expected to sharply cut the July 2014 cost of carbon, from a projected US$23.30 per metric ton to … Read more »

Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s Say No to GMO Seafood

Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and other grocery retailers representing more than 2,000 stores across the US have pledged to not sell genetically engineered seafood if it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The Campaign for Genetically Engineered-Free Seafood, launched yesterday by a coalition led by Friends of the … Read more »

Sierra Club Urges ‘Timeout’ on Natural Gas Exports

The Sierra Club, Earthjustice, Clean Water Action, and other groups have sent a letter to President Obama urging him to put the brakes on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports until the government conducts additional environmental and economic studies. The Center for International Environmental Law, Earthworks, Environment America, Friends of the Earth, League … Read more »

B&Q, Wickes Discontinue Pesticide Linked to Bee Decline

In a victory for Friends of the Earth’s “Bee Cause” campaign, two UK hardware retailers, B&Q and Wickes, have said they will no longer sell products containing pesticides linked to declining bee populations. The environmental group yesterday delivered a petition with more than 64,000 signatures to Downing Street, calling on … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Wind Tower Tariffs, UK Solar Subsidies, Military Biofuels

The Commerce Department set final punitive tariffs on wind towers from China and Vietnam. All Chinese producers and exporters of the goods – with specific exceptions – received anti-dumping rates of 70.63 percent. The department set lower anti-dumping duties for some companies, for example, 47.59 percent on wind towers from … Read more »

Apple, Samsung Tin Under Fire

Apple, Samsung Tin Under Fire

Friends of the Earth has called on Apple and Samsung to tell consumers where they source the tin used in their mobile phones, as part of the UK-based advocacy group’s Make It Better campaign. The initiatives calls for large companies to be transparent about their supply-chain impacts, and pushes for … Read more »

Microsoft, PepsiCo, M&S and Others Urge UK Power Sector Carbon Goal

Microsoft, PepsiCo UK and Ireland, Cisco, M&S and other members of the Aldersgate Group today called on the UK government to set a 2030 carbon target for the power sector. The UK sustainable business alliance, whose members also include WWF, Friends of the Earth, and other environmental groups, NGOs and … Read more »