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September

2019

Air Pollution Transport

Edinburgh transport transformation plan shows much still to do on airpollution

Environmental campaigners have welcomed the City Centre Transformation Plan approved today (Thurs 12th September) by City of Edinburgh Council, but have said it shows the Council need to do more to tackle toxic air pollution. Friends of the Earth Scotland has previously criticised the Council’s proposed Low Emission Zone, and

12

September

2019

Climate

Scottish organisations to join Global Climate Strike

A range of Scottish businesses, charities and other organisations have announced they will be participating in the Global Climate Strikes on Friday 20 September. Organisations involved include ScottishPower, National Union of Students Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Children 1st and others. These protests could be the l

10

September

2019

Climate

UN climate negotiations confirmed for Glasgow in 2020

It was expected to be confirmed today that Turkey has dropped out of the race to host the 2020 UN climate negotiations, leaving the UK and Italy as joint hosts, with the event to be hosted at the SEC in Glasgow in November 2020. Commenting on the news, Friends of the Earth Scotland Climate Campaigner Caroline Rance said: "

04

September

2019

Climate Just Transition

Criticism of oil and gas industry ‘blueprint for net zero’

Responding to today’s announcement from Oil and Gas UK, Friends of the Earth Scotland Climate Campaigner Caroline Rance commented, “Today’s announcement by Oil and Gas UK is nothing less than a disgraceful, desperate attempt at greenwash. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so dangerous. “Fossil fuel companies are

03

September

2019

Air Pollution Climate Divestment

Climate Emergency Programme for Government fails to make the grade

Environmental campaigners have welcomed a range of commitments in today’s Programme for Government but emphasised that is does not go nearly far enough to truly tackle the climate crisis. Friends of the Earth Scotland Director, Dr Richard Dixon, said: “This package includes some very welcome commitments but is not near

02

September

2019

Divestment

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP backs campaign for fossil free investment

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock & Inverclyde has become the 20th MSP to back a campaign calling for an end to investment in fossil fuel companies, as a response to the climate emergency. The SNP MSP joins a cross-party group of MSPs and former MSPs pledging support for the Divest Scotland Campaign that includes a former

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September

2019

Climate Just Transition Transport

Campaigners call for radical climate programme from Scottish Government

Friends of the Earth Scotland today (1/9/19) called on Nicola Sturgeon to back up her commitment to tackling the Climate Emergency by implementing a radical Programme for Government that will significantly reduce harmful climate emissions within the next decade. The environmental group has produced a suite of policy ideas that w

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August

2019

Waste

Green groups call for radical change on single use plastics

A group of Scottish NGOs today urged all five parties at Holyrood to adopt a five point plan on waste and litter, including phasing out the use of single-use coffee cups entirely over the next five years. This call follows the publication last month of the Scottish Government's expert panel report on the subject [1], which made

29

August

2019

Air Pollution

Clean Air Strategy Review Reaction

Responding to the Cleaner Air for Scotland independent review into air pollution, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland Dr Richard Dixon, who sat on the review, commented, “Air pollution is a massive problem but implementing this strong review could accelerate vital action on transport, industry, homes and agriculture.