Accountants for future, 10 ways to save world, #DearScotty

“Climate change could become a “catastrophic” threat to global security, as people lose their livelihoods, fall ill and battle over scarce water and food, a host of U.S. security, military and intelligence experts warned,” reports the Voice of America. It goes on to talk of how Africa and the Middle East are most at risk, before adding: “..but industrialized regions are vulnerable”. It comes from … Continue reading Accountants for future, 10 ways to save world, #DearScotty

Loch Leven bursts banks as Kinross Pier left under water

Scotland’s largest lowland freshwater loch has burst its banks as threatened residents nearby brace themselves for a further 24-hr deluge of winter storms to come.

The giant Loch Leven completely swamped the historic Kinross Pier which is no longer visible to passers-by under several feet of water.

It came close to inundating the nearby Boat House restaurant as well while sandbags are providing a last line of defence the adjacent Historic Scotland offices next door. Continue reading “Loch Leven bursts banks as Kinross Pier left under water”

Watch Magid Magid hail Fridays for Future school strikers over ‘hope’

Former MEP and Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid has heaped praise on the Fridays for Future activists, praising school climate strikers for making a stand.

Speaking at an event organised by Edinburgh Greens at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Leith, the politician compared what he was doing at the same age to those fighting for a better future.

He said they gave him “hope”. Continue reading “Watch Magid Magid hail Fridays for Future school strikers over ‘hope’”

Climate Tweets, end of humanity and is Cop 26 our last hope?

Around a quarter of all Tweets about climate change are produced by Bots and skewed towards messages of denial, a report published by The Guardian reveals today. It quotes a draft report from Brown which raises fears over the “substantial impact of mechanized bots in amplifying denialist messages”. It raises the prospect of their deployment when world leaders gather for the world’s biggest climate summit in Scotland later this year.

Does anyone doubt how important the Cop 26 summit in Glasgow will be? If so this piece from Wired’s science editor Matt Reynolds should be compulsory reading. In it he argues that our most ambitious emissions target yet – set in Paris back in 2015 – is already in tatters, save for the few optimists quoted who say they is still a very slim chance of hitting the 1.5 degrees target. It makes November in Scotland all the more pressing.

The stakes after all couldn’t be higher. Continue reading “Climate Tweets, end of humanity and is Cop 26 our last hope?”

Scientists say uh-oh, wind farm jobs row and (climate) budget time

 

The Hill publishes detail of a new report suggesting that the oil and gas industry may be more polluting than we even knew …. up to 40% more. They cite the respected Nature journal detailing results of tests on ancient air taken from the ice sheets of Greenland which has prompted them to re-evaluate how they measure emissions and subsequently, humanity’s impact, concluding that we’ve been underestimating the industry’s impact all along.

Even as protestors continue to target the big oil and gas companies in efforts to get them to change their ways, one former BP (for a year) employee argues a change of tactic may be needed. In her FT Alphaville column, Izabella Kaninska argues climate activists would be better off buying BP and the like, to help forge change from within.

Pity, meanwhile, the communities around Mossmorran enduring flaring and fears for their health after years of problems, broken promises and inaction. BBC Scotland News reveals that the under-pressure watchdog SEPA, who has pledged with other stakeholders to hold the petrochemical plant owners to account, have admitted monitoring equipment installed to record air pollution are not working. Continue reading “Scientists say uh-oh, wind farm jobs row and (climate) budget time”

Watch: Arbikie Nàdar team explain world’s first carbon neutral gin

Perched by the scenic views of Lunan Bay in Angus, all ingredients for Arbikie distillery’s distinctive spirits are planted, sown, grown and harvested in the surrounding 2,000 acres that make up the estate.

But it has taken five years of painstaking research developed through Master Distiller Kirsty Black’s PhD studentship with Abertay University and The James Hutton Institute brought the team to this point.

The production of Nàdar – the world’s first to be carbon neutral gin. Continue reading “Watch: Arbikie Nàdar team explain world’s first carbon neutral gin”

Could climate bankrupt a nation?, Sir Tom’s charity dinner, plus G&Ps

  Today’s headlines. What harm are we doing to our children, is it the end of Australia as we know it, words of wisdom from environmental champions and all the food and drink you could wave a reusable glass at.  Child’s Play? Top of our reading list today is this article in The Guardian headlined ‘The world is failing to ensure our children have a … Continue reading Could climate bankrupt a nation?, Sir Tom’s charity dinner, plus G&Ps

To climate strikers .. with love: In tribute to Valentine’s Day protestors

They came in their few, their hundreds, and in their thousands. Individuals, groups of friends, colleagues. It didn’t matter how many, or how few.

They came.

Another week, some in the rain and the cold, others in the acrid heat. Continue reading “To climate strikers .. with love: In tribute to Valentine’s Day protestors”

Alok Sharma named New Cop26 Minister

Alok Sharma MP has been appointed the new UK Government minister for Cop26.

It follows a wide reshuffle of Boris Johnson’s Cabinet today.

Mr Sharma said he was “delighted” at the role and was looking forward to an “exciting year ahead”. Continue reading “Alok Sharma named New Cop26 Minister”

Greenpeace shuts BP’s HQ on new CEO Bernard Looney’s first day

Greenpeace have staged a dawn protest at the London HQ of BP to mark the first day of the oil and gas giant’s new CEO.

Bernard Looney over the role today as pressure grows on him to accelerate the firm’s transition away from fossil fuels, at a time when exploration continues.

The group claim around 100 activists gathered at St James’Square around 3am today using old oil barrels to block all six entrances.

Some activists chained themselves to the props. Continue reading “Greenpeace shuts BP’s HQ on new CEO Bernard Looney’s first day”

IN FULL: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s letter over COP26

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, has laid her government’s claim to play a leading role in COP26 coming to Glasgow.

Following moves by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Cabinet to ensure it os Westminster calling the shots, she wrote directly to the premier to assert what activity she expected her ministers to play.

As both governments look to set our their environmental credential in the run up to their own respective Budgets, being aligned with the potential success of COP26 is crucial to both. Continue reading “IN FULL: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s letter over COP26”

OPINION: World is burning and we’re part of the problem

“We’re in a climate emergency, the world is literally burning, and Scotland unfortunately is part of the problem.

“The Scottish Government’s commitment to ending Scotland’s contribution to the crisis is a strong, welcome and necessary goal.

“It means reducing all our emissions to zero. Continue reading “OPINION: World is burning and we’re part of the problem”

OPINION: Clothing industry needs ‘moon shot’ to end fast fashion

The queen of fashion herself, Anna Wintour, has made her views known about fashion and sustainability.  It’s a welcome influential voice in a sector that is using up global raw materials at an alarming rate.

According to a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) global fashion production has doubled in the last 15 years but we are wearing 40% less clothing. This has led to a global figure of over 92 million tonnes of post-consumer clothing landfilled annually.

The planet is in crisis and you probably bought more clothes for the Christmas season – 12 million of us will have bought a novelty jumper with flashing lights and sequins.  Research by environmental charity, Hubbub, said that this purchase was one of the worst examples of fast fashion, a sector now recognised as hugely damaging to the environment. Continue reading “OPINION: Clothing industry needs ‘moon shot’ to end fast fashion”

As Scotland stalls Sweden orders hundreds of EV buses from Volvo

Scottish cities have already pledged to up their game on clean public transport, but so far remain stuck in the slow lane.

Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone was condemned for failing to push out the worst polluting vehicles at launch.

There was much hype over the handful of electric buses finally coming into service.

While Hope Street remains the most polluted street in the country just months before world leaders attend the UN climate conference, at city venues a short asthma inducing walk away.

But cast your eyes to Sweden .. just 700 miles across the sea. Continue reading “As Scotland stalls Sweden orders hundreds of EV buses from Volvo”

WATCH: UK’s former Chief Scientific Advisor Dave King says ‘I’m afraid’

He was the man former UK Prime Minister’s turned to for advice. He was part of the government who fought for the Paris Agreement to happen.

But as he has watched as politician after politician, government after government and country after country fail to act on the accord, Sir David King, the UK’s former Chief Scientific Advisor, can take no more. Continue reading “WATCH: UK’s former Chief Scientific Advisor Dave King says ‘I’m afraid’”