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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Scottish Government failing to meet its environmental targets

A new report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy says that the Scottish Government is failing to meet its targets on reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment. The report was commissioned by the RSPB, WWF Scotland, and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. It looks …

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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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Local Groups Weekend and Activists’ Assembly

This year the Local Groups Weekend organised by FoE Scotland will be taking place in Dundee, on 26-27 October.  This is partly a recognition of the high levels of activity and exposure that FoE Tayside has achieved through the campaigns to stop the big biomass power station, and to reverse the …

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Blue-green algae and the ethics of “synthetic biology”

At our regular group meeting in September we will hear a presentation on an interdisciplinary student project which is investigating the development and use of a genetically modified material to neutralise the toxins in blue-green algae. It's part of an international competition which the students …

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