Category Archives: Green Economy

Discussion about creating a low-carbon economy in Scotland including financial reform and how we can bring about a just transition.

The environment dimension of Brexit

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. Throughout … Continue reading

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Scotland needs to build on climate success

Last week brought the good news that Scotland had met its latest climate target, with real emissions of greenhouse gases 3% lower than the year before.   This is great progress and shows that we are firmly on track to meet … 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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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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RBS ends investment in tar sands!

A Guardian investigation revealed on Sunday that the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the world’s largest banks, has hugely reduced its investments in fossil fuels, including all finance for the deeply damaging tar sands in Canada.

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Offsetting mega-mining: nature for sale in Madagascar

Previously on the Friends of the Earth Scotland blog we have looked at a company called Rio Tinto – a global mining giant and major coal producer – as an example of the kind of unsustainable company that we shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Reinventing Scotland’s economy: bright spots in a overcast sky

Some events on a weekend in March and a couple of recent reports have spread a bit of light in the otherwise dull landscape of debate about the economy in Scotland. Matthew Crighton, Climate Jobs Campaigner, discusses the Glasgow Economics … 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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How the Scottish Parliament can remake banking for the common good

Following the release of a new report, Friends of the Earth Scotland finance campaigner Ric Lander explores how Scotland’s banking system could be transformed. Scottish banking is virtually useless. It’s not providing current accounts to people who need them. It’s … Continue reading

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Adair Turner On Debt, Banks and Dangers in the Economy at The David Hume Institute

Adair Turner was at the David Hume Institute last night (13 January 2016) to talk about his new book ‘Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance’. He said he’d summarise it in 40 minutes. Taking that a step … Continue reading

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