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April

2018

Air Pollution

Scottish Parliament to debate air pollution crisis

The Scottish Parliament will today debate Scotland’s air pollution crisis in response to a recent Inquiry by the Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. The Committee’s report: questioned the lack of urgency of action toward delivering the Scottish Government’s target of meeting EU air quality st

04

April

2018

Climate

Shell faces historic legal action in The Netherlands for failure to act on climate change

Friends of the Earth Netherlands announced this morning that it will take oil giant Shell to court if it does not act on demands to stop destroying the climate. Shell, which produces oil and gas from more than 50 interests in the North Sea, is among the ten biggest climate polluters in history. The company has continued to ex

29

March

2018

Air Pollution

New funding for Low Emission Zone should drive higher ambition

Commenting on the confirmation that the Scottish Government will fund nearly £8m of bus upgrades for Glasgow, Friends of the Earth Scotland's Director Dr Richard Dixon said: "This is good news for the people of Glasgow. We have been seeking clarification for months over funding for the Low Emission Zone in Glasgow. Aberdeen

28

March

2018

Divestment

Report finds RBS reducing support for worst fossil fuels

An environmental report released today found that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has significantly reduced its lending to the worst fossil fuel projects, financing no coal, tar sands or arctic drilling projects during the past year. The report "Banking on Climate Change" is in its 9th year and shows a general decline in RBS' le

25

March

2018

Air Pollution

Scottish Environment LINK Resigns from Government Clean Air Group

Scottish Environment LINK have resigned from the Cleaner Air for Scotland Governance Group (CAFSGG), citing their disappointment in and frustration around the Group's lack of progress in tackling unsafe levels of air pollution, and poor input into Glasgow’s draft Low Emission Zone plans as key reasons. The CAFSGG oversees t

21

March

2018

Environmental Rights

UN Committee gives green light to scrutinise environmental justice in the UK

Friends of the Earth Scotland, RSPB and law firm Leigh Day submitted a Communication to the UNECE (United Nations Economic Committee for Europe) Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee in December 2017 arguing the UK is failing in its obligation to provide the public with a right to effectively challenge decisions which could dam

20

March

2018

Air Pollution

Glasgow Councillors endorse weak air pollution plans

Glasgow Councillors today progressed plans for a Low Emission Zone with an amendment despite objections from environmental campaigners and criticism that their proposals would condemn the city to illegal pollution levels for years to come. Protesters concerned about public health impacts of toxic traffic fumes staged a ‘die-in

16

March

2018

Air Pollution

Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone would be a ‘No Ambition Zone’

Low Emission Zone proposals for Glasgow, published today, have been slammed by Friends of the Earth Scotland for failing to deliver the clean air that is legally required in the city and failing to deliver on SNP national and local manifesto commitments. Glasgow City Council’s LEZ proposals would only apply to 20%

04

March

2018

Divestment

Public back fossil-free Holyrood pensions

Commenting on a new poll from the Scottish Green Party that shows that 72% of the public think the Scottish Parliament’s pension scheme should not invest in fossil fuels, Friends of the Earth Scotland's Director Dr Richard Dixon said: "The Scottish Parliament has shown strong leadership on climate change in the past and sho