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February

2018

Climate

Business 2020 Climate Group to wind up

Reacting to news that the 2020 Climate Group is going to wind up, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland Dr Richard Dixon said: “The 2020 Climate Group was a good idea when it was first set up in 2009 but has lost its way. Scotland certainly needs progressive businesses to be urging the government to do more on climate c

06

February

2018

Divestment

Edinburgh University divests from fossil fuels

Environmentalists have welcomed the decision by the University of Edinburgh to commit to divesting from all fossil fuel companies by 2021. The decision has been taken by the University Court in response to years of campaigning by students, staff and alumni, led by People & Planet Edinburgh. According to the University the

21

January

2018

Air Pollution

Scotland’s Most Polluted Streets for 2017 Revealed

A new study by Friends of the Earth Scotland ranking the country’s most polluted streets confirms that air pollution remains a public health crisis plaguing Scotland. The environmental group analysed official 2017 air pollution data for two toxic pollut

21

January

2018

Waste

Welcome for Scottish Plastics Ban

Reacting to news that the Scottish Government will be part of the EU phase out of single use plastic by 2030, Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “This is excellent news, the Scottish Government is making great strides with this strong signal of intent to stop plastic waste at source. The plas

18

January

2018

Climate

2017 is warmest year without El Niño on record

Reacting to Met Office figures showing that globally 2017 was the hottest year ever recorded without the extra warming El Niño effect and overall the third hottest year on record, after 2016 and 2015, Friends of the Earth Scotland Climate Campaigner Caroline Rance, said: “We’re now seeing global temperature records smash

11

January

2018

Climate

Welcome for cotton bud ban

Reacting to news that the Scottish Government will ban the sale of plastic cotton buds in Scotland, Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “This decisive action is great news for the environment and for wildlife. Cotton buds are a very visible sign of our hugely wasteful habits, turning up on bea

09

January

2018

Fracking

Ineos legal challenge to Scottish fracking ban reeks of desperation

Responding to the news that INEOS has launched a legal challenge against the Scottish Government's decision to ban fracking, Friends of the Earth Scotland Head of Campaigns Mary Church said: "INEOS's legal challenge against the Scottish Government's ban on fracking reeks of desperation from an industry that is failing to get

18

December

2017

Climate

Huge majority of respondents call for zero emissions target

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Press Statement  The Scottish Government has today published its analysis of over 19,000 responses received to its consultation on the new Scottish Climate Change Bill. Gail Wilson, Campaigns Manager of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), said: “Over 19,000 people, as well

14

December

2017

Budget Reaction: Welcome for National Investment Bank Capital Commitment and Call for Budget Alignment with Climate Plans

Reacting to today’s draft budget (1), Friends of the Earth Scotland welcomed the commitment to capitalise the National Investment Bank and called for future budgets to align with climate plans and deliver a just transition to a zero carbon economy. The b