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October

2020

Waste

Tackling single use plastic is good news for the climate

Environmental campaigners have welcomed the news that the Scottish Government is launching a public consultation on the banning of several single-use plastic items such as plastic straws and cutlery and polystyrene food containers. Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Plastic and Circular Economy Campaigner Sarah Moyes said:

08

October

2020

Air Pollution

Aberdeen has a chance for clean air and a better city, say campaigners

The proposals from Aberdeen City Council for a Low Emission Zone have been welcomed by campaigners, who say they have the potential to transform the city’s air pollution problems. The Council is consulting on different options for a Low Emission Zone, which restricts the most polluting vehicles to protect health. Zones are

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September

2020

Just Transition

81% of Offshore Oil and Gas Workers Open to Leaving the Industry

Major survey of offshore oil and gas workers reveals that four in five would consider moving to work in another industry. Workers’ biggest concern for their future career path is job security, with respondents citing low morale and fears that their community will become a ‘wasteland region’.

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September

2020

Waste

Revealed: Scotland to burn an extra one million tonnes of waste a year 

Research by Friends of the Earth Scotland has discovered plans to increase incineration capacity in Scotland to burn at least an extra one million tonnes of waste each year. This huge increase in capacity threatens the Scottish Government’s recycling targets and plans to move to a Circular Economy. Scotland currently has fi

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September

2020

Just Transition

Scotland’s politicians must turn the tide on ‘unjust transition’

The Just Transition Partnership has today (25/9/20) unveiled its demands for political party manifestos ahead of next year's Scottish elections, to protect the existing workforce and deliver on green jobs promises needed to meet climate commitments in the next parliament. The Partnership, a coalition of trade unions and envir

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September

2020

Climate

Scottish Government told that burning trees is not a climate solution

The Scottish Government has been warned that burning trees is not a realistic solution to climate change. Environment and conservation groups have written to Ministers to share their grave concerns about plans to generate energy by burning trees and crops while trying to capture the emissions produced - known as Bioenergy with C

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September

2020

Climate

Climate Strike Anniversary reminds us of public demand for climate action

Today (Sunday 20 September) marks one year since the 2019 Climate Strikes, the largest climate protest in Scottish history. Over 40,000 children and adults took to the streets to demand increased action from Governments to reduce emissions in line with climate science. Businesses and charities declared their support for the stri

17

September

2020

Air Pollution Transport

Welcome for LEZ cash to get polluting vehicles off the road

Environmental campaigners have welcomed the news that the Scottish Government has launched a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Mobility Fund, offering cash incentives and vouchers, to get the most polluting vehicles off Scotland’s roads. Air pollution claims around 2,500 lives in Scotland each year but in August 2020 the Scottish Gov

15

September

2020

Climate Just and Green Recovery

Advisor calls for climate conditions to recovery funding from Government

The Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change today said that Ministers should attach green conditions to loan or grant finance to help companies with the recovery from coronavirus. Chris Stark was giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee this morning abo