Category Archives: Climate Change

Ministerial Statement – Greenhouse Gas

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment Climate Change and Land Reform recently gave a report to the parliament on Scotland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. Meeting our 2015 greenhouse gas emissions target was welcome progress towards a zero-carbon Scotland, but if we … Continue reading

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COP23 – on the way to a positive outcome?

Over the last fortnight, leaders from around the globe have gathered in Bonn, Germany, to negotiate the next steps for global climate action. In 2015, the 21st of these meetings – the UN Conference of Parties called COP21 – was … Continue reading

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SNP delay Air Departure Cut

Today the Scottish Government gave a statement on Air Departure Tax. Scottish Labour has consistently opposed this cut, as it is wrong to introduce a tax cut which predominantly benefits the well-off in our society at a time of financial constraint. … Continue reading

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Scottish Government announcement on fracking – not far enough

Responding to today’s announcement on fracking, Scottish Labour environment spokesperson Claudia Beamish said: “This is a victory for Labour, environmental groups and communities across Scotland. “Labour has long argued that the climate change science is clear – we do not … Continue reading

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First Minister’s Questions – on climate change

This week I asked a supplementary question to the First Minister. The Climate Change (Scotland) 2009 Act requires the UK Committee on Climate Change is report on Scotland’s progress in meeting our climate change reduction targets every year. The most recent report, that … Continue reading

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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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