The climate emergency demands definite answers

The row over the proposed go-ahead for the Cambo oil and gas field off Shetland has gathered pace this week as Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has come under pressure from the environmental sector to take a stand against it, while pressured by business leaders and the right to put the economy first. Continue reading The climate emergency demands definite answers

Rainbows & unicorns: How Scotland’s Just Transition is making waves for climate

The Rainbow Warrior enchants even lying still in the water. The famous emblem bursting to life in a blaze of colour, 55m masts towering above. A lick of green paint might be needed to cover the corrosion here and there. But framed against the silvery Scottish skies in Leith it remains a symbol of hope, of defiance, of a group that knows how to win. … Continue reading Rainbows & unicorns: How Scotland’s Just Transition is making waves for climate

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Tributes paid to Paul Wheelhouse after former Energy Minister misses out on Holyrood return

Both the renewables and oil and gas industries have paid warm tribute to the former MSP Paul Wheelhouse after he lost his seat in the Scottish elections. Mr Wheelhouse was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2011 and became the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands in 2018 and credited with much of the progress made within the sector since then. But he was … Continue reading Tributes paid to Paul Wheelhouse after former Energy Minister misses out on Holyrood return

Scottish renewable sector can spark ‘Silicon Valley’ effect for wind, tidal & solar says Hunter report

When he speaks, people listen. They might not always agree but they pay attention. So when Sir Tom Hunter commissions the influential Oxford Economics consultancy through The Hunter Foundation to look at Scotland’s economic performance, it was always a fair bet that the results would grab some headlines especially so close to an election. But when you look past the scrutiny of UK and Scottish … Continue reading Scottish renewable sector can spark ‘Silicon Valley’ effect for wind, tidal & solar says Hunter report

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Traffic free, active travel, people first. Watch Edinburgh council’s plans for greener centre

“Our vision is to provide a great place that everyone can enjoy and benefit from, which supports our drive to be net zero carbon by 2030 and helps the city’s economic recovery.” Continue reading Traffic free, active travel, people first. Watch Edinburgh council’s plans for greener centre

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”

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”

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 in planning red tape.

Ministers have voiced their opposition to fracking, but the move was greeted by dismay today. Continue reading “INEOS fracking license for central belt is extended”

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 Assembly refused to back a similar motion.

The Church of Ireland and a range of Catholic organisations including SCIAF have also committed to divesting, leaving the Kirk looking more and more isolated in its environmental policies.  Continue reading “Operation Noah says ‘unethical’ for churches to profit from fossil fuel investments”

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 plan, saying it lags behind Westminster on the issue. Their attack came after Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing  launched a consultation into the future of … Continue reading Scottish Government must do more on environment in farming claim Greens

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, which sets a 2020 target, says: “It is deeply uncomfortable for the church, as a caring organisation concerned about climate justice, to continue to invest in something which causes the very harm it seeks to alleviate.” Continue reading “Church of Scotland General Assembly rejects call to divest from fossil fuels”

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 a right” to clean air. Continue reading “People in Scotland ‘have a right to clean air’, Mark Ruskell MSP to tell Holyrood”

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 the Scottish Green Party were choosing to navigate.

Patrick Harvie, co-convener outlined the course he and his colleagues were plotting, about  where the submerged political rocks lay hidden and of safe harbours within easy reach in Europe.

It would have been easy to use their Spring conference be triumphalist and jubilant at the way the group has apparently managed to tug the Scottish Government’s budget from starboard towards port, or of the legislation they have helped push through. Continue reading “Patrick Harvie puts Scottish Greens on notice to fight for place in Europe”