FoE blasts Beckett over emissions target drop

Friends of the Earth (FoE) kept its place at the top of the NGO Watch table due to its continued pressure around UK CO2 emissions.

Its number of mentions dropped from last month's high of 335, as it spoke out about the oil majors' multi-billion-pound profits, but FoE still made a significant impact in the press.

Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett's admission that the initial target of a 20 per cent cut would be revised to 15-18 per cent earned a stinging rebuke from executive director Tony Juniper.

Cancer Research UK held the number three spot after a public smoking ban was introduced in Scotland. 'This historic law will save thousands of lives,' said chief executive Alex Markham.

The RSPCA jumped from fifth to second, but only because of a Charity Commission investigation into its 'Back off badgers' campaign. The charity was incensed over proposals for a nationwide cull of the creatures to help reduce instances of bovine tuberculosis. The commission concluded that the charity had overstepped the mark with a 'political' campaign.

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