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August

2018

Air Pollution Transport

Edinburgh transport plans could bring clean air for all

Edinburgh City Councillors will today (Thursday 09/08/2018) discuss proposals which could see the city centre become largely traffic-free, and which could see a bold low emission zone rolled out across the city to tackle the city’s illegal and dangerous air pollution levels. Friends of the Earth Scotland's Air Pollution Cam

06

August

2018

Climate Energy

Warmest summer months ever show need for tough climate targets

Friends of the Earth Scotland today released new figures which show that May, June and July this year were the hottest and sunniest May-July period ever recorded in Scotland. The average monthly temperature for May, June and July 2018 was 12.9ºC, nearly half a degree above the previous hottest records for the same

31

July

2018

Divestment

GPs say no to fossil fuel companies

Friends of the Earth Scotland welcomes the announcement that the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is removing its investments from all fossil fuel companies in response to climate change.(1) The organisation is the professional body for general practitioners in the United Kingdom. Commenting on their divestmen

24

July

2018

Climate

Devastating weather events demonstrate reality of climate change

Simultaneous climate disasters are taking place around the world, as this summer's heatwave continues: Wildfires in Greece killed at least 60 people

13

July

2018

Climate Energy Miscellaneous

Trump’s politics of hate not the answer to Planetary Crisis

Commenting ahead of Trump's visit to Scotland, Young Friends of the Earth Scotland Co-ordinator Kate Whitaker said: "We are protesting Trump's visit to Scotland to show that we stand against the the things he represents - hate, fear and climate denial. Tru

09

July

2018

Fracking

Scottish Government extends Central Belt fracking licence

Commenting on the news that the Scottish Government has extended the initial term of PEDL162, a license owed by INEOS and Reach CSG and earmarked for fracking covering 400km2 in the central belt, for 1 year, Friends of the Earth Scotland's Head of Campaigns Mary Church said: "Extending this license risks adding to the confusi

25

June

2018

Climate

Heathrow expansion vote a disaster for the climate

The SNP’s MPs abstained on the vote to expand Heathrow airport, helping hand a victory to the Government and Labour rebels. Friends of the Earth Scotland Director Dr Richard Dixon commented, “It is extremely disappointing to see Heathrow expansion approved despite the enormous climate emissions it will produce and the

25

June

2018

Divestment

Councillors from across Lothians call for fossil free pensions

A cross-party group of Councillors are calling for the Lothian Pension Fund, run by the City of Edinburgh Council, to divest from fossil fuels. 13 Councillors from the SNP, Labour and Green parties have signed a pledge saying: “I call on the Lothian Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels”. The Edinburgh Evening News,

19

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