LAST week, MSPs were delivered a hard-hitting report by a climate change expert. It said what we are doing now, and what is planned by the Climate Change Bill going through Parliament doesn’t go far enough in making our fair contribution to global emissions reductions. We need, says its author, Professor Kevin Anderson, deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, is to cut harder and faster. We also need to acknowledge that this is an equality issue – and that much of the cuts in emissions should be borne by those who are now the highest emitters. What Anderson recommends is an urgent strategy for Scotland, a Marshall Plan-like project for widespread, industrial-level change, which would involve phasing out North Sea oil and gas, changing the way we build and power homes, reforestation, electrification and accelerated development of renewables.
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