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WEATHER CRISIS: ‘Heatwaves like these threaten to kill thousands every year’

SCOTLAND is enduring its warmest summer on record, according to climate change campaigners. They say the unprecedented upsurge in readings, allied to the crisis in mainland Europe and beyond, indicates that the killer heatwave’s death toll across the continent and…

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Ineos and Scottish Tories prepare to take on Holyrood after losing ‘fracking’ case

PETROCHEMICAL giants Ineos will look to test Scotland’s current stance on fracking in the planning process -after seeing their appeal against the current moratorium booted into touch by the courts. And it looks like they will receive the full support…

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Glasgow City Council challenged to stand up for citizen health with LEZ decision

GLASGOW could push ahead with plans for a ‘congestion charge’ as the city struggles to get to grips with its air pollution crisis, in a move environmental groups say they would support.  The idea – first floated by Glasgow City…

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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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Friends of the Earth workshops and Not Without us screening dates released

FRIENDS of the Earth Scotland are staging a series of workshops to help people learn how to be more effective campaigners. They will look specifically at ideas around climate justice, how to meet and lobby politicians and work with other…

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Friends of the Earth Scotland appeal for help in funding INEOS legal action on fracking

FRIENDS of the Earth Scotland has started a crowdsourcing campaign for donations as it looks to face down fracking firm Ineos in court. In an email to supporters, Head of Campaigns Mary Church said: “This week INEOS are in court trying…

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Friends of the Earth Scotland move to face frackers Ineos in court challenge

ECO campaigners have thrown their support behind the Scottish Government as it faces being sued over its fracking ban by lodging a so called ‘public interest intervention’. INEOS and Reach Coal Seam Gas are seeking a judicial review of the…

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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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Air pollution is creating a ‘public health emergency’, says FOE Scotland

SCOTLAND’S environmental ambitions will come under scrutiny at Holyrood today. Politicians will debate the nation’s air pollution problems following a recent report by the Environmental Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. It called into question the timescales proposed to alleviate…

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Friends of the Earth Scotland hold Spring Activist Gathering this Saturday

FRIENDS of the Earth Scotland are holding their Spring Activist Gathering in Glasgow this weekend. The event is aimed at both seasoned campaigners or people new to activism, including members and non members. Director Dr Richard Dixon will deliver the…

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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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DAMNED: New data shows ‘health crisis’ with street air pollution still at illegal levels

FRIENDS of the Earth Scotland have released new data showing how the public are being left at risk by a damning failure by government and local authorities to tackle street air pollution as the campaign group steps up calls for…

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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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Scottish Government poised to ban plastic cotton buds

THE SCOTTISH Government is poised to ban plastic cotton buds. Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said it would be a “clear sign” of their commitment to rid marine life of waste. And she drew praise from environmental groups for the move.

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‘Desperate’ INEOS seek fracking ban review as company on course to lose ‘millions’

FURIOUS campaigners tonight branded multi-national gas firm  INEOS “desperate” as the company set about launching an expected legal challenge over Scotland’s ban on fracking. The firm openly admitted that it would seek a judicial review with partner Reach because the…

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Four experts give their view on what the Scottish Government needs to next on Low Emission Zones

AS the Scottish Government’s consultation over Low Emission Zones comes to a close. four experts from different fields offer their opinions on what needs done to ensure Scotland takes full advantage of them between 2018 and 2020. Glasgow will be…

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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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Scottish National Investment Bank should invest in green projects to ‘transform’ economy and create thousands of jobs say experts

A MAJOR conference in Edinburgh will hear from two leading economists today on how investing in large scale green projects could transform Scotland’s economy and create thousands of green jobs. Lord Adair Turner and Professor Mariana Mazzucato will welcome the…

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