Friends of the Earth Cardiff - Africa http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/taxonomy/term/569/all en Tell Norway to ditch Shell http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/tell-norway-ditch-shell <p><img width="300" height="225" alt="Two oil wells surounded by a lake of oil in grassland." src="/files/foecardiff/images/Niger_Delta_oil_wells.jpg" /></p> <p>Leaking oil wells in the Niger Delta <em>Photo: Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>Last month 28 Right Livelihood Award winners wrote to the Norway Government Pension Fund asking it to sell all its holdings in Shell because of the environmental harm caused by it in the Niger Delta, Nigeria.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/tell-norway-ditch-shell">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/tell-norway-ditch-shell#comments Climate and Energy Africa energy Nigeria pollution Sat, 10 Mar 2012 09:10:37 +0000 Chris 507 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk The Lake Victoria land-grab http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/lake-victoria-land-grab <p><img width="350" height="242" src="/files/foecardiff/images/Lake_Victoria_land-grab.jpg" alt="Man standing on felled trees" /></p> <p>A man stands on the land taken from him to make way for a palm oil plantation. Kalangala, Uganda. <em>Photo: Jason Taylor</em></p> <p>The Ugandan government is promoting large-scale agrofuels plantations as a solution to the climate crisis at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa. Yet millions of people are already facing the impacts of land grabs and evictions caused by agrofuels.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/lake-victoria-land-grab">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/lake-victoria-land-grab#comments Africa business food Uganda Wed, 07 Dec 2011 07:40:23 +0000 Chris 471 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Save the Mabira Forest Reserve http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/save-mabira-forest-reserve <p>&nbsp;<img width="314" height="235" alt="Forest tree with roots growing out of the ground and joining the trunk to form an arch." src="/files/foecardiff/images/Mabira_forest_arched_tree.jpeg" /></p> <p>Arched tree in the Mabira Forest. <em>Photo: S.A.Perez (Flickr)</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/save-mabira-forest-reserve">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/save-mabira-forest-reserve#comments archive Nature Africa nature Uganda Wed, 31 Aug 2011 06:40:47 +0000 Chris 438 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Stop Shell gas flaring in Nigeria http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-shell-gas-flaring-nigeria <p><img width="300" height="225" alt="Two children watching a Shell horizontal gas flare in Nigeria" src="/files/foecardiff/images/Shell_Nigeria_gas_flare.jpg" /></p> <p>Children in the Niger Delta look on at a Shell horizontal gas flare.<br /> <em>&copy; Elaine Gilligan / Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>Despite promises made by Shell since the 1990s to stop flaring the 'associated' gas released in oil production in Nigeria, Shell flared more gas in 2010 than it did in 2009 in the West African country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-shell-gas-flaring-nigeria">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-shell-gas-flaring-nigeria#comments archive Climate and Energy Africa energy Nigeria Sat, 23 Jul 2011 07:18:45 +0000 Chris 417 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk The Great Cotton Stitch Up http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/great-cotton-stitch <p><img width="200" height="257" alt="African woman carrying her baby with a basket of cotton on her head." src="/files/foecardiff/images/The_Great_Cotton_Stitch_Up.jpeg" />&nbsp;</p> <p>Many people in West African countries such as Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso and Chad depend on growing cotton for a living. In these four countries cotton accounts for between 5 per cent and 10 per cent of their GDP.</p> <p>West African farmers can produce cotton at a lower cost than almost anywhere else. There are three things stopping them growing cotton:</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/great-cotton-stitch">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/great-cotton-stitch#comments archive Africa social justice Wed, 08 Jun 2011 06:15:21 +0000 Chris 404 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk