Author Archives: Mary Church

People Power bans Underground Coal Gasification

In a huge victory for people power, the Scottish Government has banned Underground Coal Gasification today. Almost a year ago to the day, the Government announced a moratorium on UCG following a groundswell of opposition to reckless proposals to set … Continue reading

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Happy (B)anniversary: One year on from the fracking moratorium

One year ago today, the Scottish Government took the plunge and announced a moratorium on shale gas fracking and coalbed methane. Although at the time there was a huge amount of evidence about the detrimental impacts on health, water pollution, … Continue reading

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People Power in Paris: We are making another world possible

After 4 days of false starts, or rather false endings – the final Paris Agreement text was eventually produced at 1:30CET, and gavelled though after a last minute fight over ‘should’ or ‘shall’ at 19:20 today. Its only saving grace … Continue reading

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Halfway through, far from halfway there

At the halfway point of the Paris climate talks very little progress has been made on any of the key issues up for negotiation; that is, issues fundamental to the survival of the human race. Parties to the UN Climate … Continue reading

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A Paris Deal: on whose terms?

The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change officially opened this morning, with about the amount of pomp you might expect for the 150 world leaders – and Prince Charles – in Paris … Continue reading

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Setting the stage for the greatest escape ever

How rich countries are evading responsibility for the climate crisis World leaders meet in Paris in only six weeks time to agree a global deal to curb climate emissions. Yet, as the final negotiating session ahead of the Paris talks … Continue reading

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Time to get Aarhus in order: access to justice in environmental matters in Scotland

This blog was first published in Scottish Justice Matters Volume 3:1 March 2015 Ten years on from the ratification of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, the UK remains in breach … Continue reading

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Lima: seeds of resistance

You probably noticed a range of different perspectives on the outcome of the Lima climate talks in the media in the last week or so. From Lima as a failure that did nothing to avert catastrophic climate change to Lima … Continue reading

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Climate crisis (still) in overtime

Tension increased on Friday as talks were suspended in early evening pending a new draft text. The tired negotiators eventually got the new text at 2:30am only to be asked by the co-chairs to accept it there and then so … Continue reading

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Climate crisis in overtime

‘We are here to implement the Convention, not to re-write it’. The words of India’s Environment Minister neatly sum up the position of global South countries as the UN climate negotiations in Lima near their scheduled end. Photo – Mural … Continue reading

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