TTIP Update – 2017

The campaign against TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), in which many of our members were involved, is currently in abeyance; Trump has rejected it and new, different deals will have to be made due to Brexit. However we are still concerned about the consequences of CETA (Canada …

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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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Dundee Cycling Forum gets moving

A meeting was held on Monday 24 October with about 30 people attending, to discuss the role of a Cycling Forum for Dundee, the benefits it could provide for cyclists, and how it should be set up. This was one of the recommendations arising out of the Dundee Cycling Strategy recently approved by the …

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Green Groups Midsummer Picnic & Barbecue

To mark 18 months of successful joint working, a Midsummer picnic and barbecue was held for the Dundee and Tayside Green Groups on 21 July 2015 at Crombie Country Park in Angus.  The weather failed to play its part, but the event was a success nevertheless, thanks in particular to the organisational …

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Thanks to canoeists for the beach cleanup!

An energetic group from Dundee University Canoe Club made a big impact with a cleanup of several Tayside beaches on 18 February 2015 - Grassy Beach and Broughty East (Broughty Ferry) and Easthaven near Arbroath.  Doug McLaren provided the gear and they just got on with it, and apparently had a great …

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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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Friends of the Earth Scotland marks its 35th birthday

On Monday 16 December, Scotland’s leading environmental campaign group marked its 35th anniversary. Ensuring justice for people and the environment has been the main objective of Friends of the Earth Scotland for those three and a half decades. Author and loyal supporter of Friends of the …

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