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June

2018

Environmental Rights Fracking

INEOS Lose Scottish Fracking Ban Challenge

Friends of the Earth Scotland has today welcomed a ruling from the Court of Session which refused INEOS and Reach CSG's challenge against the Scottish Government's 'effective ban' on fracking. Lord Pentland found in favour of the arguments put forward by the Scottish Government that its 'preferred policy position' of no support

16

June

2018

Air Pollution

Pop Up Parks show potential to reclaim the streets

Members of the public will take over 20 car parking spaces in Edinburgh today to create a vibrant, fun ‘Pop Up Park’ ahead of National Clean Air Day. Activities include a yoga class, singing workshop, juggling, hula hooping alongside arts and crafts and a kids area. The pop up park takes place on George Street which lies

14

June

2018

Air Pollution

Glasgow City Council approves plans for ‘No Ambition Zone’

Glasgow City Council’s City Administration Committee has today approved its LEZ plans. The plans have been slammed by environmental campaigners for delivering a “No Ambition Zone”. The Zone, which covers the city centre, will only apply to cars, taxis, vans, lorries by December 2022. The dirtiest buses will be phased ou

13

June

2018

Air Pollution

Glasgow ‘No Ambition Zone’ plans must be rescued, warn campaigners

Glasgow City Council is expected to finalise its Low Emission Zone scheme tomorrow  (Thursday 14 June), as environmental campaigners criticise the plans for failing to go far enough to deliver clean air as soon as possible. Nine health and environmental campaign groups and over 350 members of the public have signed an open lett

08

June

2018

Air Pollution

Welcome for Edinburgh City Street Closures for National Clean Air Day

Responding to the news that Edinburgh City Council will be closing off the Mound and part of George Street to mark National Clean Air Day, Air Pollution campaigner for Friends of the Earth Scotland Emilia Hanna said: “Well done to Edinburgh City Council for showing leadership and a willingness to highlight the link between

30

May

2018

Climate Just Transition

Scottish Government support for risky oil and gas subsea centre

The First Minister today announced that Scottish Enterprise will provide £4.9 million grant support towards a £31 million subsea oil and gas campus in Montrose. This centre will develop equipment to enable oil and gas extraction in some of the most dangerous and hard to access resources. Friends of the Earth Scotland Head o

30

May

2018

Waste

Scottish Government offices to ban disposable cups

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government is banning single use coffee cups in its main buildings from June, Friends of the Earth Scotland's Head of Campaigns Mary Church said: “We welcome the Scottish Government taking this important symbolic step in banning disposable cups from their offices. Like the proposed b

28

May

2018

Air Pollution

Dangerous Air Pollution Episode Expected to Hit Scotland

Levels of toxic ground level ozone are expected to break World Health Organisation and Scottish regulatory safety standards across most of Scotland this week (Monday 28 May - Friday 1 June) according to Scotland’s official air quality forecasting service. Air masses from Northern continental Europe are expected to bring inc

24

May

2018

Climate

Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill ‘hugely disappointing’

STOP CLIMATE CHAOS SCOTLAND PRESS RELEASE Responding to the Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Bill placed before the Scottish Parliament today Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said: “It’s hugely disappointing that the Scottish Government has failed to live up to its own rhetoric on global