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16

May

2019

Air Pollution

Edinburgh Council offers renewed hope in Low Emission Zone consultation

Environmental campaigners expressed renewed hope for City of Edinburgh Council’s Low Emission Zone plans, following a last-minute decision to broaden the scope of the public consultation. The Council’s Transport and Environment Committee approved a motion from a Scottish Green Party Councillor for the consultation to conside

16

May

2019

Air Pollution

Campaigner set to tell Edinburgh Council pollution plans are ineffective

Environmental campaigners are expected to criticise City of Edinburgh Council’s Low Emission Zone plans later today. The Council’s Transport and Environment Committee are debating the LEZ plans, which has two zones. The outer zone will not restrict cars, and campaigners caution that the inner zone is so small it will only se

15

May

2019

Climate Just Transition

Scottish Government support for UK oil and gas drilling incompatible with responding to climate emergency, report says

The UK’s oil and gas drilling plans, and Scottish Government's support for them, are incompatible with responding to the climate emergency, according to ‘Sea Change,’ a new report by Platform, Oil Change International, and Friends of the Earth Scotland, published today. Just two weeks after the Climate Change Committee'

10

May

2019

Air Pollution Transport

Reaction to Edinburgh’s ‘half-hearted’ low emission zone plans

Environmental campaigners have criticised the new Low Emission Zone plans from City of Edinburgh Council. They highlighted that Low Emission Zone that covers the whole city fails to address pollution from cars, and cautioned that the inner small zone would serve only to displace air pollution. The plans have been revealed in pap

08

May

2019

Climate Transport

Scottish Government abandons plans to cut Air Departure Tax

Climate campaigners have welcomed news that the Scottish Government has abandoned its plans to scrap Air Departure Tax on flights in Scotland. It comes one week after the First Minister declared a 'climate emergency' at the SNP conference. Friends of the Earth Scotland Director Dr Richard Dixon commented, “This change of

01

May

2019

Air Pollution Transport

Open Streets ‘show us what we are missing’ in car-dominated Edinburgh

Environmentalists have welcomed the start of the Edinburgh Council Open Streets initiative on Sunday 5th May. A number of streets will be closed to cars and other vehicles from 12 noon to 5pm. The move was backed in a public consultation and will cut harmful air pollution from vehicles in the city. A series of events have bee

29

April

2019

Climate

Scotland’s ‘climate emergency’ demands urgent action

Environmental campaigners have reacted to First Minister’s declaration of a ‘climate emergency’ at the SNP Conference. Friends of the Earth Scotland welcomed the declaration but made clear that it must be backed by urgent action to cut climate pollution immediately. Friends of the Earth Scotland Director Dr Richard Dixo

27

April

2019

Fracking

Protest at SNP conference demands fracking ban law

Anti-fracking groups, community councillors and concerned citizens are protesting outside the SNP conference in Edinburgh today (Saturday 27 April) to demand the Scottish Government bans fracking in Scotland once and for all. The protest comes after Minist

25

April

2019

Divestment

Climate protesters call on Royal Bank Of Scotland to lead the way out of fossil fuel finance

Climate protesters will today (25/4/19) gather outside the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Annual General Meeting (AGM) holding banners and chanting their message: “Fossil Banks, No Thanks!”. They want the Bank to end its financing of the fossil fuel projects driving climate change. The global campaign launched last year cal