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Smartphones destroy forests and coral reefs

Spoil heaps and holes full of water with tropical forest in the background

© Ulet

Research by Friends of the Earth has found that smartphones sold by Samsung and Apple almost certainly contain tin from Indonesia where mining is devastating forests and farmland, coral reefs and many communities.

Tin is used for solder in phones, computers, and all other electronic gadgets. Around a third of the world's tin comes from Bangka and neighbouring island Belitung.

Desision on incinerator planning enforcement postponed

Chimney belching smoke

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

At the Planning committee yesterday all three councillors for Splott – Gretta Marshall, Huw Thomas, and Luke Holland – said that they believed enforcement action should be taken to stop Viridor’s unauthorised building of the Cardiff incinerator.

Who is in charge of planning in Cardiff?

Chimney belching smoke

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Are the elected councillors in charge of planning in Cardiff or Viridor?

Viridor started building their incinerator in August 2012 without having met all the planning conditions set by Cardiff Council.

Stop Cardiff Council dropping incinerator planning conditions

Chimney belching smoke

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Viridor want Cardiff Council to discharge almost all of the conditions on the incinerator even though they haven't complied with them.

Cardiff Council imposed a number of planning conditions on Viridor when they gave planning permission for the incinerator in 2010. These include:

Show us why green is working

Queue of people wearing green helmets outside the Treasury

Photo: © Friends of the Earth

Over 200 people joined together at the Treasury to send a clear message to the Government that green is working.

You can also send a message to George Osborne about the vital role that green jobs play in the economy.

All you need do is:

Make Europe's farms safer places to bee

White bottomed bumblebee

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

This autumn Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote on rules that could make every farm in Europe more bee-friendly.

Our taxes pay for the Common Agriculture Policy. This pays farmers to plant vast areas with single crop and make heavy use of pesticides creating a "green desert" for wildlife including bees.

Green is working

Construction worker with a green safety helmet

Photo: © istock

This Saturday, 13 October, at 1.30pm Cardiff Friends of the Earth will be queuing up at the Charles Street Job Centre, Cardiff under the banner 'Green is working' to remind politicians that the green economy is working.

Help stop fracking in Wales

Shale gas drilling rig next to a field of cabbages

Shale gas drilling rig near Southport © REAF

On 6 July 2012 a Planning Inquiry recommended that controversial exploratory drilling for shale gas should go ahead at the Llandow Industrial Estate, Vale of Glamorgan.

Stand up for Clean British Energy

Clean British Energy logo

Friends of the Earth want the Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, to put clean British energy at the heart of his upcoming Energy Bill.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, wants Britain to commit to new gas power stations. This will increase energy bills for decades and fuel climate change.

We must persuade MPs to tell Ed Davey to stand up to the Chancellor by backing clean British energy.

Incinerator planning decision delayed

Chimney with smoke coming out of it.

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Cardiff Council have withdrawn Viridor's application for discharging planning preconditions on the Cardiff incinerator from both the August and September planning meetings.

Cardiff Against the Incinerator (CATI) have submitted evidence backing up their claims that:

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