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January

2020

Divestment

Welsh Assembly to Divest Pension Fund from fossil fuels

The Welsh Assembly Member Pension Scheme have committed to divesting their from fossil fuels. The Pension Board have agreed to move £6 million to a sustainable return fund and reduce the Scheme’s investments in the oil and gas sector to zero over five years. The move increases pressure on MSPs at Holyrood to bring their

23

January

2020

Air Pollution Transport

Welcome for Glasgow 20mph safety limits

Reacting to the announcement that Glasgow will adopt 20mph safety limits, Friends of the Earth Scotland air pollution campaigner Gavin Thomson commented, “We welcome Glasgow Council’s decision to introduce 20mph safety limits across the city. There are huge air quality and public health gains to be made from 20mph speed

21

January

2020

Divestment Just Transition

Campaigners welcome new public bank to finance action on climate crisis

The Scottish National Investment Bank Bill passed today (21/01/20) formally establishing in law a new public bank for Scotland. MSPs voted for a Government amendment which puts a legal obligation on the Bank to hold a list of minimum ethical standards for its investments, a key demand of environmental campaigners. MSPs als

21

January

2020

Divestment Just Transition

Scotland’s new Public Bank must be an ethical lender

MSPs will today (21/1/20) have a final vote on a bill to create a new public bank, the Scottish National Investment Bank. Following revisions by MSPs backed by environmental campaigners, the draft Bill requires the new Bank to invest in projects that promote social wellbeing and tackle the climate emergency. Today’s vote will

19

January

2020

Air Pollution Transport

Revealed: Scotland’s most polluted streets in 2019

Friends of the Earth Scotland has ranked the country’s most polluted streets for 2019, and the results show Scotland is failing to improve air quality. Many areas across Scotland suffered from higher pollution levels in 2019 than in previous years.  Cam

13

December

2019

Climate

UN Climate Talks Out of Touch with Reality as Rich Countries Seek to Gut Paris Agreement

Prospects for vulnerable communities in 'developing' countries look dire, as wealthy countries refuse to pay up for the climate damage they have caused and Northern governments and corporations push forward carbon trading, says Friends of the Earth Scotland as the UN climate talks in Madrid draw to a deeply disappointing close.

19

November

2019

Divestment Just Transition

Climate focus for new Investment Bank, but no ethical standards yet

Lawmakers in the Scottish Parliament made changes to the Scottish National Investment Bank Bill today that require it to finance climate action and a just transition, which would shift the economy away from fossil fuels. Additionally, environmental and social outcomes have now been prioritised alongside economic growth. (1) H

15

November

2019

Air Pollution Climate Just Transition

Environmental group calls for transformative election manifesto policies to tackle the climate emergency

Friends of the Earth Scotland have called on all parties standing in the UK General Election to deliver transformative policies that will tackle the climate emergency. Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation has urged parties to unveil plans that will drive a transition away from fossil fuels to a fairer econ

11

November

2019

Divestment

Scottish National Portrait Gallery drops BP in response to Climate Emergency

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