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October

2021

Divestment

Pension funds invest £2000 in fossil fuels for every person in the UK

UK pension funds have an estimated £128 billion invested in fossil fuels, equivalent to nearly £2,000 for every person in the UK, according to new research by Friends of the Earth released

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October

2021

Environmental Rights

UN body to declare Scottish legal system breaking international environmental and human rights law

A UN body will confirm today that Scotland’s legal system is breaking international environmental and human rights law, due to the extremely high costs of legal action. Campaigners are calling for urgent reforms which will allow individuals, communities, and charities to go to court to protect the environment, including the

06

October

2021

Divestment

Lothian Pension Fund has increased fossil fuel investments

New research by Friends of the Earth Scotland has revealed the scale of Lothian Pension Fund’s investments in fossil fuels at £229 million - an increase of almost 40% from last year. Climate activists from campaign group

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October

2021

Waste

Incineration review without moratorium is burners’ charter

Friends of the Earth Scotland say the announcement that the Scottish Government’s incineration review does not include a moratorium while it is conducted, which will lead to a rush of applications before any new rules come in. Incinerators contribute to

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September

2021

Climate Energy Just Transition

UK has increased oil reserves since declaring climate emergency, say new report

Since declaring a climate emergency in 2019, the UK’s developed oil and gas reserves have increased by 800 million barrels of oil and gas. UK law and Scottish Government policy requires every last drop to be drilled from the North Sea, which would triple UK emissions from oil and gas. A mana

14

September

2021

Air Pollution

Outrage as free transport announced for COP delegates but nothing for Glasgow residents

Environmental campaigners have reacted angrily to the news that delegates to the UN climate talks in Glasgow will receive free public transport while they’re in the city, while no such offer will be available to any Glasgow residents.  COP26, the UN cli

10

September

2021

Divestment

Campaigners urge Highland Council to move faster in reducing investments causing climate crisis

Highland Council has endorsed a plan that it claims will reduce the investments of its pension fund that are contributing to climate change, but campaigners are urging it to move faster. The motion agreed to bring i

08

September

2021

Divestment

Glasgow pension committee approves plan to keep investing hundreds of millions in polluters

The Strathclyde Pension Fund has approved a new investment policy which campaigners and trade unionists say risks investment in climate polluters continuing indefinitely. (1) The Strathclyde Pension Fund Committee met for the last time before COP26 today (8 September 2021). The fund, which is run by Glasgow City Council, was

07

September

2021

Climate Just Transition Transport

Programme for Government reaction

Commenting on the Scottish Programme for Government, Friends of the Earth Scotland's Director, Dr Richard Dixon, said: "This year’s Programme for Government confirms the promises from the SNP election manifesto and the co-operation agreement with the Scottish Green Party, but gives disappointingly little further detail on t