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2017: what we achieved

Looking past Trump and Brexit, 2017 was a fantastic year for progress in protecting Scotland’s environment.

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The greenest ever Programme for Government?

Scotland's new Programme for Government contains a number of very significant steps forward on climate change and the environment.

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The environmental dimension of Brexit

The European Union is far from perfect but it has been the source of almost all environmental legislation and standards in Scotland. 

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Scotland needs to build on climate success

We need much tougher climate targets if we are to meet our promises under the Paris Agreement.

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Car obsessed transport policy has to change

Scottish Government’s draft climate change plan is supposed to show how each sector of the economy is going to help cut overall emissions by 66% by 2030. Traffic predictions suggest transport isn't planning on doing its fair share.

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Transport needs to go back to the drawing board on climate change

Transport is the largest sector of climate emissions for Scotland. Unfortunately, the Government department responsible don't seem to have any innovative thinking on how to head off demand or encourage walking, cycling or public transport.

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Let’s be climate leaders in 2017

Many people would rather forget 2016 and its catalogue of mistakes, disasters and deaths. The election of Trump poses a real threat to environmental progress and climate action. Richard looks ahead to a busy 2017 for climate campaigning and getting Scotland on the path to a fossil free future.

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Marrakech blog – still waiting for action on climate change

For a while this meeting looked like it might be that rarest of things, a UN climate conference that actually finished on time rather than running into Saturday or even Sunday. But, true to UN form, talks broke down last night.

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Marrakech blog – Paris Agreement gets going but much to resolve

Ministers and heads of state came to the COP today. Finance has been a big issue with rich nations shirking responsibilities and scepticism that more money or action will emerge.

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