Category Archives: Climate Change

Comma butterflies in Scotland

The comma butterfly is an orange and brown butterfly with a small white comma-like shape on each wing. It was previously only found in south east England and Wales, but in the last 40 years its population has flourished further … Continue reading

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World Earth Hour

Saturday (25th of March) from 8:30-9:30pm, is World Earth Hour. On this day people from around the world will switch off their lights to show that they are committed to change. An hour may not seem much but it will … Continue reading

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National Walking Strategy – for health and environment

We all know there are significant health and economic gains from getting people to become active, and the easiest and cheapest way for individuals to achieve this is by increasing walking. I am very pleased to discuss how I can … Continue reading

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#ShowTheLove for Nature

This Valentine’s Day RSPB are asking us all to “show the love” for our natural world. Each MSP was given a handmade brooch to remind us to cherish the green spaces, birds, and animals that we love. My green heart … Continue reading

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World Wetlands Day 2017

Each year, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands celebrates February the 2nd as ‘World Wetlands Day’ to raise global awareness of the importance of wetlands Wetlands act as natural safeguards against disasters. They protect communities most at risk and vulnerable to … Continue reading

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Scotland leads UK in reducing “climate impact” of electricity

WWF Scotland has revealed the average ‘climate change impact’ of generating a unit of electricity in Scotland is now half the UK average, and has fallen by almost two-fifths (38%) between 2010 and 2014, the most recent years for which … Continue reading

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Climate Change and the Paris Agreement – Statement in Parliament    

Yesterday the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform made a statement to the Chamber on climate change and the Paris Agreement. On Saturday, the Cabinet Secretary will travel to Marrakech to join the COP22, the global climate … Continue reading

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Tearfund working for climate justice

I was pleased to meet with Tearfund last week, a Christian relief and development agency committed to eradicating poverty.  It’s development programmes focus on the poorest areas of the world, working holistically with local communities to tackle the root causes … Continue reading

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First Ministers Question on UK Climate Change Committee Report

The UK Climate Change report released its fifth report on Scotland’s progress towards meeting emission reduction targets earlier this week. It is a requirement of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, which sets out the targets to reduce emissions of … Continue reading

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VOTE REMAIN – THE ENVIRONMENTAL ARGUMENT

The EU plays a significant role in facilitating Scotland’s leadership on climate change and energy issues. At the Paris Summit the sense of excitement was palpable, and while it is acknowledged that America and China paved the way for the … Continue reading

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