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July

2021

Air Pollution Transport

Scotland’s buses deemed ‘masterclass in how not to run a public service’

Philip Alston, former UN Human Rights rapporteur, has delivered an excoriating critique of the privatisation of bus services in Scotland and across the UK in a new report.  The report, which was launched on Wednesday (21st July 2021), concluded bus servic

21

July

2021

Climate Energy

Scottish Government must break silence on Cambo oil field

Environmental campaigners have demanded the Scottish Government declare their opposition to the controversial new Cambo oil field off Shetland. With just over 100 days until the crucial UN talks begin in Glasgow, climate activists are highlighting the hypocrisy of a new oil field being approved in Scottish waters. The huge Ca

13

July

2021

Climate

Leading climate scientist and green groups demand UK government reject plans for new oil field

UPLIFT & FRIENDS OF THE EARTH SCOTLAND PRESS RELEASE Dr James Hansen, one of the world’s foremost experts on climate change, alongside groups representing young people, parents and activists across the UK, is calling on the government to “resolutely reject” proposals by Shell to develop a significant new oil fiel

07

July

2021

Environmental Rights

Scottish legal system failing environment due to high costs

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH SCOTLAND & ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS CENTRE FOR SCOTLAND PRESS RELEASE Draft findings from a UN body published today show that Scotland’s legal system is in breach of international environmental and human rights law, due to the extremely high costs of legal action. Campaigners are calling for urgen

23

June

2021

Climate Just Transition

Proposed new Shetland oil field a climate ‘obscenity’ ahead of UN talks In Glasgow

Environmental campaigners have reacted with fury to plans to open a large new oil field containing 800 million barrels of oil. Siccar Point Energy and oil giant Shell are seeking permission from the UK Government to develop the Cambo oil field, West of Shetland, despite the damage fossil fuels are doing to our climate. UK min

23

June

2021

Divestment

Climate campaigners demand Strathclyde Pension Fund ‘kicks out’ fossil fuel investments

DIVEST STRATHCLYDE PRESS RELEASE Climate justice activists are taking part in online and physically-distanced protests in Glasgow today to coincide with the Strathclyde Pension Fund AGM demanding an end to its £508 million investments in coal, oil and gas companies in order to tackle the worsening climate crisis. Earlier

22

June

2021

Climate Just Transition

Training Chaos Blocks Scottish Oil Workers Moving To Renewables: Government Must Meet Workers’ Demands To Remove Hurdles

GREENPEACE, FRIENDS OF THE EARTH SCOTLAND & PLATFORM PRESS RELEASE Survey of Scottish offshore workers reveals annual training costs averaging over £1,600. Years of UK and Scottish Government inaction is blocking a just transition for offshore workers.

17

June

2021

Air Pollution

New clean air announcements insufficient for public health

This Clean Air Day (17 June 2021), environmental campaigners have warned that the  opportunity for cleaner air is disappearing quickly as councils fail to take action. After a delay due to Covid-19, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee councils are all about to launch their Low Emission Zones

15

June

2021

Air Pollution

Dundee clean air plans to be introduced at last

Campaigners have welcomed Dundee City Council’s plans to begin establishing a Low Emission Zone for the city which has been promised for a number of years.  The consultation, launched yesterday by the council, plans for the zone to restrict the most pol