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January

2019

Just Transition

Just Transition central to successful response to climate change, say unions and environmentalists

Ahead of a Scottish Government debate today (15/1/19) on securing a Just Transition to a Carbon-neutral Economy, the Just Transition Partnership, a coalition of trade unions and environmental organisations, highlights why a Just Transition is necessary. The concept of a just transition is central to a successful response to c

19

December

2018

Air Pollution

Responding to the launch of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone

Responding to the launch of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone, Gavin Thomson, Air Pollution Campaigner at Friends of the Earth Scotland commented: “300 premature deaths are caused by air pollution in Glasgow every year.  This ‘No Ambition Zone’ fails to apply any restrictions to 4 out of 5 buses and fails to impact on any

14

December

2018

Civil Society Rises up as Big Polluters block progress at UN Climate Talks

As the UN climate talks enter their final hours in Katowice, Poland, hundreds of people have taken part in a mass sit down protest inside the conference venue to demand that countries act urgently to avoid total climate breakdown. [2] Civil society is protesting the failure so far of COP24 to respond to the landmark Intergove

13

December

2018

Divestment

1,000 organisations end investment in fossil fuel companies

It has been announced today that 1,000 organisations around the world, with a collective wealth of over $7 trillion, have made commitments to divest from fossil fuel companies. The announcement was made at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland. (1) 11 of the total come from Scotland, where universities and ch

10

December

2018

Environmental Rights

Welcome for Environmental Rights Recommendation and Taskforce

The First Minister’s Expert Advisory Group on Human Rights has today recommended that the right to a healthy and safe environment should be enshrined in Scots law or a Scottish Bill of Rights. The First Minister has welcomed the recommendations and will establish a Taskforce to take them forward. Responding, Friends of the

05

December

2018

Climate

Fury at SNP climate hypocrisy

Environmental campaigners are furious that SNP MPs have backed a huge handout to the oil and gas industry as the First Minister attended the UN climate conference. The changes to Transferable Tax History, being made as part of the Finance (No.3) Bill at Westminster, provide new tax relief for North Sea oil and gas companies'

04

December

2018

Divestment

Majority of Scottish MPs call on Parliamentary Pension Fund to drop fossil fuels

A cross-party group of 200 MPs, including the majority of Scottish MPs, are calling on the MP’s Pension Fund to stop investing in fossil fuel companies, such as Shell and BP, following growing concerns about their role in fuelling climate change. The Conservative, SNP, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs and former MPs have sig

27

November

2018

Climate

Climate Minister under pressure to explain why new Bill fails to deliver urgent action needed

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham will give evidence to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee today about the Government’s new Climate Bill.The Bill will set emissions reductions targets for the coming decades and has been widely criticised for

22

November

2018

Environmental Rights

Tackling barriers to strategic court cases in Scotland

Action is needed to tackle barriers to public interest court action in Scotland, according to a new report from a number of leading NGOs. The report Overcoming Barriers to Public Interest Litigation in Scotland published Thursday