Stiglitz (and Robert Kennedy) on Alternatives to GDP

Nobel prize winning economist Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz co-chaired a committee of enquiry for former French President Sarkozy, looking into alternative measures for society's progress and well-being.  He will now give evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, on …

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Environmental “Green” Techology – what is it and why is it important?

At a time when there’s talk of a “triple dip recession”, it’s encouraging to see the growth in the environmental technology sector. It is now at the heart of the British economy, providing around 8% of GDP and 940,000 jobs, and improving the performance of every other sector. But what is it, and why …

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Energy and Climate Change

Climate change brought on by human industrial activity is the most serious threat to the survival of the biosphere as we know it.  The biosphere is the home we share with all the animal and plant life on Earth, which has just the right conditions of temperature, moisture and chemicals to sustain the …

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Inefficient big biomass to get Government subsidies

Regrettably the Scottish Government has confirmed it is ready to support inefficient biomass power stations with up to £5 billion (yes, billion) of public money over the next 25 years, provided they meet a very low threshold of 35% efficiency in producing electricity with a small amount of heat.  …

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Rural issues

With many of our members based in Dundee, there is a tendency to concentrate more on issues in the city than in the rural areas and smaller communities that make up most of Tayside.  This is something we would like to change. …

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Waste, recycling, resources, and litter

These topics are all connected through our attitudes and behaviours to the use and disposal of resources, and our sense of responsibility for the environment.  Friends of the Earth Tayside is involved in campaigning and local activity to promote better use of resources and tackle the problem of …

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Four Dundee streets among the most polluted in Scotland

Friends of the Earth Scotland has highlighted findings from  the Scottish Government's regular monitoring of air quality, which show that Dundee has several streets which are in the top 15 of the most polluted in Scotland.  More details are provided in this report in the Courier on 4 February, and …

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Input to Local Development Plans

In December 2012 we submitted further comments on the Dundee Local Development Plan, focusing on issues such as energy efficiency in homes, promoting sustainable transport, and the need to take account of rising sea levels and storms resulting from climate change.  …

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Lord Stern says he underestimated the risks from climate change

The author of the influential report published by the UK Treasury in 2006 on the economic impacts of climate change, now says he underestimated the risks which it posed.  He was speaking at the World Economic Forum at Davos in January 2013. Rather than the two degrees of global warming …

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Sustainable travel and transport

Encouraging people to get out of their cars, and walk or cycle more or use the bus, is one of the main campaign themes for FoE Tayside.  Dundee city centre has some of the worst air pollution in Scotland (see this News item), and we can help to reduce this by encouraging people to travel more …

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