Divestment / Reinvestment

One of the biggest challenges in moving to a low carbon economy, is to encourage investors to put their money into renewables, and take it out of fossil fuel companies. Initiatives are under way in Scotland as well as many other countries to persuade the investment community to place more trust …

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Does Dundee need a new Energy-From-Waste plant?

FoE Tayside is currently considering whether and how to respond to a planning application for a new waste incinerator at Baldovie in Dundee (described in more detail below).  In this case, the incinerator would supply heat and power, and could therefore be classified as a supplier of renewable …

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Air Pollution & Public Health – summary of seminar in Dundee 30.11.16

(This is the press release issued following the event) Today’s event in Dundee, looking at the health impacts of air pollution in Dundee, and ways in which air quality could be improved, was significant not just for the subject being discussed. It also marked an important step in bringing …

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Climate Change – The Road to Paris

2015 is a critical year for the international effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.  By the time the annual UN Climate Change Conference is held in Paris from 30 November - 11 December, it is hoped that countries from around the world will have decided on the emissions …

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Bye bye big Biomass

Great news for all those who campaigned tirelessly against the ill-conceived plans for a 100MW Biomass Power Station at Dundee Port - the applicants, Forth Energy, have pulled the plug after SSE's strategic review.  SSE was one half of Forth Energy, along with Forth Ports. There's also a big …

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Health impacts of air pollution in Tayside

New research demonstrates that air pollution not only causes respiratory diseases, but also gets into blood circulation where it can affect those suffering from heart problems.  The risks from cancer and strokes are also increased.  See the BBC report here and the BMJ research report here. This …

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Lack of provision for walkers and cyclists in Waterfront development

Stirling Station has a new "cycling hub" - but there seem to be no plans for anything similar in the multi-million pound reconstruction of Dundee Station, and walkers and cyclists get very little attention in the plans for the Waterfront.  Meanwhile Edinburgh Council commits to introducing 20 mph …

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20 mph speed limits in Dundee – Go20 go-slow by Council

Update: July 2017 Following an extensive public consultation in 2016, Dundee City Council decided to trial the 20 mph speed limit in The Glens and Johnston Avenue  for a 12 month period.  See this article from last December's Courier Original Post A new campaign is being mounted to promote …

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Campaign against Fracking

Join the campaign against fracking at the Global Frackdown Day!  Fracking is a process increasingly being used to release gas trapped deep underground in layers of rock (usually shales), by pumping a mixture of water and chemicals in at high pressure to force out the gas.  It's expensive and highly …

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The Black Fish and Marine Conservation

Shanwell Marine Animal Rescue Team took part in our annual Beachwatch at Broughty Ferry on 21 September 2013 (see photo below), and told us about this event. The BLACK FISH are coming to DUNDEE The Black Fish is a European based conservation organisation on a mission to change attitudes …

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