Author Archives: Richard Dixon

Car obsessed transport policy has to change

Last week the Scottish Parliament debated the Scottish Government’s draft climate change plan. The plan is supposed to show how each sector of the economy from transport to farming, from buildings to big industry, is going to help reduce Scotland … Continue reading

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Transport needs to go back to the drawing board on climate change

Today the Scottish Parliament will discuss Scotland’s draft climate plan.  Four committees of MSPs have grilled witnesses, sifted facts and produced hundreds of pages of detailed and insightful analysis of the Scottish Government’s plan to reduce climate emissions by two-thirds by … Continue reading

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Let’s be climate leaders in 2017

Many people would rather forget 2016 and its catalogue of mistakes, disasters and deaths. On the environment, we saw US President-Elect Trump start a witch hunt of climate scientists and propose putting climate sceptics and oil executives in charge of … Continue reading

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Marrakech blog – still waiting for action on climate change

For a while this meeting looked like it might be that rarest of things, a UN climate conference that actually finished on time rather than running into Saturday or even Sunday. But, true to UN form, talks broke down last … Continue reading

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Marrakech blog – Paris Agreement gets going but much to resolve

Yesterday saw the first formal meeting under the Paris Agreement, complete with a red carpet for minister, heads of state and royalty.  There was an overnight rumour from Washington that President-Elect Trump would use this occasion to announce that he … Continue reading

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Marrakech blog – urgent action needed and still possible despite Trump

Yesterday at the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech a broad coalition of development, union, faith and environment groups laid out their analysis of where the world is heading and the urgent action that is needed to meet the targets agreed … Continue reading

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Fight Fracking for a Fossil Free Future

As I write this I’m about to head for the UN climate conference in Marrakech, where countries are supposed to be agreeing on the actions that will deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement, signed last December. A key … Continue reading

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EU departure means a tough fight to protect our environment

In 1993 the Norwegian Environment Minister called John Gummer, the UK Environment Secretary, a drittsekk – a shitbag– because of the massive impact on Scandinavian lakes and forest of acid rain caused by emissions from British power stations. In the … Continue reading

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Closure of Longannet signals the end of fossil fuels

When the steam turbines at Longannet power station cease to turn some time tomorrow there will be no coal being burnt for electricity production anywhere in Scotland for the first time in at least 115 years. For a country which virtually invented … Continue reading

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Nuclear – if only they would listen …

EDF today announced that they would extend the life of the nuclear reactors at Torness until 2030.  This announcement is hardly a surprise, everyone who knows anything about energy has been expecting this announcement for a decade.  The only surprise … Continue reading

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