Category Archives: Transport

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

Posted in Activism, Air Pollution, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Fossil Free, Fracking, Green Economy, Low Carbon Power, Oil, Politics & Parliament, Renewables, Trade, Transport | Leave a comment

Who will really benefit from the new Air Departure Tax?

This afternoon, MSPs will approve the Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill, giving the Scottish ministers the power to set air travel tax for the first time. But while devolving the tax from Westminster control to Holyrood is fairly uncontroversial, what the Scottish Government plan to do with that power is a different matter. Continue reading

Posted in Air Pollution, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Fossil Free, Politics & Parliament, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Climate Change, Climate Justice, Divest / Reinvest, Fossil Free, Green Economy, Low Carbon Power, Nuclear, Politics & Parliament, Renewables, Transport, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Air Pollution, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Fossil Free, Politics & Parliament, Transport | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Air Pollution, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Fossil Free, Politics & Parliament, Transport | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Air Pollution, Arctic, Biomass, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Coalbed methane, Divest / Reinvest, Fossil Free, Fracking, Low Carbon Power, Nuclear, Oil, Politics & Parliament, Renewables, Shale gas, Transport, Uncategorized, Unconventional gas | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Activism, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Fossil Free, Nuclear, Politics & Parliament, Renewables, Transport, Unconventional gas | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Access to Environmental Justice, Air Pollution, Climate Change, Climate Justice, European Trading Scheme, Fossil Free, Fracking, Green Economy, Politics & Parliament, Renewables, Shale gas, Transport | Tagged , | Leave a comment

5 ideas to help Scotland leave the car behind

Our air pollution problem is mainly caused by traffic and our unhealthy relationship with the car, a relationship which the Scottish Government has fostered by spending millions every year on building new trunk roads and motorways, is creating a culture … Continue reading

Posted in Air Pollution, Climate Change, Health, Politics & Parliament, Transport | Leave a comment

Why we need to get active on air pollution

On Sunday we released our list of the most polluted streets in Scotland with St John’s Road in Edinburgh and Hope Street in Glasgow changing places at the top of this roll of shame. In our analysis we looked at … Continue reading

Posted in Air Pollution, Health, Transport | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment