The Scottish Lib Dems have made a bid to strengthen Scotland’s climate change targets after mass strikes around the world. Thousands of young people in Scotland joined millions of others as part of a global climate strike on Friday with marches held in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. It is the latest action inspired by activist Greta Thunberg after a series of school strikes last year in a call to tackle climate change. Currently the Climate Change Bill states Scotland’s emissions should be cut by 70% by 2030 as progress towards net-zero emissions. However the amendment advanced and co-signed by the party would see this increased to 75%. Energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP said: “The transition to a net zero country needs to be quicker. Early action to cut emissions is critical to stopping irreversible damage to our environment.
Scotsman 22nd Sept 2019 read more »
Scotsman 23rd Sept 2019 read more »
GEORGE KEREVAN: Climate change it’s time we took REAL action here in Scotland. The International Energy Agency (IEA) is predicting world energy demand will grow by a quarter by 2040, creating a 10% rise in carbon dioxide emissions. That figure assumes a giant increase in the use of solar and renewables to generate electricity, and the switch to electric vehicles. How do we get off this merry-go-round to hell? First up, we need to realise this is a planetary life-or-death struggle and there is no room for hubris from our politicians. I am endlessly proud of the humane social democracy that our SNP government has promoted – against the odds – since 2007. I am impressed by Nicola Sturgeon’s commitment to making Scotland carbon neutral by 2045, which puts Holyrood five years ahead of Westminster. But nobody should imagine for one second that this target is anything but a modest down-payment on what is actually required. Look at it this way. Compare greenhouse gas emissions to filling a bath with water. All the Scottish Government has committed itself to is ceasing to pump extra water into the bath 26 years from now. But the global bath has already started to overflow. The UK Met Office, which has a good record of forecasting CO2 levels, predicts the average rise this year will be 2.75 parts per million (ppm). That would be among the highest annual rises in the 62 years since official records began. Worse, natural carbon sinks, such as the Amazon rain forest, are fast disappearing – the equivalent of someone sealing the bath overflow outlet.
The National 23rd Sept 2019 read more »