New proposals to mine peat at a site in South Lanarkshire are “not consistent” with the Scottish Government’s targets to cut carbon pollution, a leading climate scientist has warned. A planning application submitted by fertiliser multinational, ICL, would extend peat extraction at Sandilands, near Lanark, for a decade from 2024, when it was due to finish. Pete Smith, a biology professor at the University of Aberdeen who served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has submitted an objection to the plans. “The proposed extension of peat extraction at the site is clearly unnecessary and counter to the government’s environmental targets,” he argued.
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