Category: Politics


PROFILE: Can Alok Sharma president of COP26 win over doubters?

“This is not commitment. Our climate, and the UK’s reputation, cannot afford someone who is so lukewarm on biggest challenge we face.”

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Alok Sharma named New Cop26 Minister

Mr Sharma said he was “delighted” at the role and was looking forward to an “exciting year ahead”.

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

“COP26 in Glasgow has the potential to be a significant moment in our global efforts to tackle the climate crisis”

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INEOS fracking license for central belt is extended

ENVIRONMENT campaigners have hit out after it emerged a fracking license for central Scotland has been renewed for a year. It comes as the Scottish Government draws up long term strategies for the practice, after effectively tying them up applications…

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Operation Noah says ‘unethical’ for churches to profit from fossil fuel investments

THE CHURCH of England has voted to divest from fossil fuels as those religious groups who don’t were accused of profiting from “unethical” funds. The remark, from campaigners Operation Noah, come just two months after the Church of Scotland’s General…

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Scottish Government must do more on environment in farming claim Greens

SCOTTISH Government ministers should do more to encourage farmers to invest in looking after the environment, rival politicians have claimed. The Scottish Greens criticised the SNP administration over what it says is a lack of vision in the  latest agriculture…

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Church of Scotland General Assembly rejects call to divest from fossil fuels

THE Church of Scotland has narrowly voted against calls to divest from companies driving climate change tomorrow. Its General Assembly in Edinburgh discussed a motion put forward by officials that it should ditch associations with fossil fuel companies. A report,…

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People in Scotland ‘have a right to clean air’, Mark Ruskell MSP to tell Holyrood

THE Scottish Government will be challenged to “step up” to tackle air pollution in Scotland. Scottish Greens MPS Mark Ruskell will confront ministers over the issue at a debate in Holyrood today. And he will tell them all Scots “have…

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Patrick Harvie puts Scottish Greens on notice to fight for place in Europe

MAYBE it was fitting, perhaps even a sign. But as the Clyde’s salty expanse was sprayed at pace up and over the quay wall outside the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock, inside it was the stormy waters of Brexit that…

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Rallying call from Scottish Green Party as supporters told: ‘We still have so much to do’

SCOTTISH Green Party leaders will tell their membership “we still have so much to do” as they meet for the Spring conference in Greenock today. Under the banner ‘leading the change’ they will also look to discuss how to face…

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Climate Change Plan published but faces criticism over alleged ‘lack of ambition’

THE Scottish Government’s new long awaited Climate Change Plan was published today – but immediately came under fire from environmental groups. They accused it of ‘lacking detail’ and losing ‘ambition’ on previous suggestions. And ministers were challenged to fix what…

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Edinburgh University agrees to axe fossil fuel investments within three years

CAMPAIGNERS demanding University of Edinburgh stop investing in fossil fuels claimed victory tonight after the institution agreed. The university Court said it would end involvement with the controversial arrangements within three years. It brings to an end years of protests,…

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Scottish environment minister challenges Michael Gove to show some bottle

ENVIRONMENT minister Roseanna Cunningham tonight challenged the UK government to match Scotland’s commitment over a plastic bottle deposit return scheme. Speaking at Scotland House in London, Ms Cunningham told an audience of business and environmental leaders that she was disappointed…

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Call to turn Grangemouth into a recycling hub as ScotGov commits to axing plastics

SCOTLAND is on the cusp of opening a major facility to recycle disposable plastics amid a new commitment for Scotland to phase out their use. The Scottish Government said today that it plans to at least match EU ambitions to…

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Harvie accuses SNP on fossil fuel support as Sturgeon hails ScotGov as eco leaders

THE Scottish Greens have challenged the SNP Government to ditch fossil fuels to prove it is serious about fighting climate change. Co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said the First Minister had to ‘think bigger than cotton buds’ when it comes to…

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Nicola Sturgeon urged to tackle ‘scourge’ of plastic drinking straws in FMQs call

HIGHLAND MSP Kate Forbes will take calls for Scotland to ban plastic drinking straws to the heart of Holyrood later today. Forbes, who sits on the Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee, will raise the issue during First Minister’s Questions in the chamber….

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‘2018 can be a year of progress, from equality and human rights, to environmental protection’

In their New Year message, Scottish Green Party co-conveners Maggie Chapman and Patrick Harvie MSP said 2018 can be a year of progress on human rights and public services. They pledged to continue to fight for what they called “justice,…

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Environmental groups in Scotland hit out at fossil fuel Phil’s Budget of green gloom

ENVIRONMENTAL groups have reacted with significant dismay over the Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget announcements today. There appeared to be little cheer for the renewables sector, a look again towards extending the North Sea oil industry, with drivers on the road…

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Scottish National Investment Bank: How can it make for a fairer Scotland?

FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled ambitious plans for a Scottish National Investment Bank in September as a key plank of her programme for government. With it, she turned to trusted industry heads and promised a Just Transition Commission, identifying the…

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Scotland bares its teeth as fracking faces even tougher ban from ministers than had been in pipeline

SCOTLAND is on course to become one of the toughest anti-fracking areas in the world after MSPs voted overwhelmingly to ban it. The historic vote 91 to 28 at Holyrood included even tougher ties than had immediately been proposed in…

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