Air pollution in Scotland met legal limits for the first time ever – Air Quality News

Scotland has met legal limits for air pollution for the first time since legal limits came into force in 2010, according to new analysis conducted by Friends of the Earth Scotland. The researchers analysed air pollution data from 2020 and found that due to a decline in traffic caused by the pandemic, air pollution levels across the country dramatically improved.

Scotland’s climate plan ‘may not be enough for adequate emissions cuts’

Friends of the Earth Scotland accused ministers of “flawed thinking” and “unjustified optimism” over the proposals, which are meant to help Scotland cut carbon emissions as part of plans to achieve net-zero by 2045. The updated climate change plan, published in December, sets out what the Scottish Government insists are “bold actions” aimed at helping meet emissions reduction targets in the period to 2032.

‘Unforgiveable waste’: CalMac under fire for running a full service of empty ferries a day after green credentials ‘boast’

SCOTLAND’S biggest ferry operator CalMac has come under fire for wasting fuel and damaging the environment running a full service of empty ferries during the Covid-19 pandemic – a day after promoting its green credentials. On Thursday the publicly funded and Scottish Government owned ferry firm announced it had exceeded targets to reduce its carbon footprint on the waters and islands of Scotland’s west coast.

Scotlands Climate Change plan ‘doesn’t add up’ warn experts – Environment Journal

Experts and campaigners concerned that the Scottish Government’s Climate Change plan ‘doesn’t add up.’ Experts and campaigners have questioned the modelling used by Government officials to predict future changes in emissions. They have also challenged the government’s over-relaiance on technolig

Farmers ‘left in the dark’ as ministers let report ‘gather dust in a drawer’ | Press and Journal

Farmers have been “left in the dark” about their future after the Scottish Government failed to publish a key report, say opposition MSPs. Scottish Conservative rural economy spokesman Jamie Halcro Johnston questioned the lack of “actual action and concrete policies” from the Holyrood government.

Wild lynx could be reintroduced into Scottish Highlands

A consortium of conservationists that hopes to release wild lynx into the Scottish Highlands has launched a year-long study to see whether the public supports their reintroduction. The study, part-funded by two billionaire Danish estate owners in the Highlands, Anders Povlsen and Lisbet Rausing, will test whether farmers, landowners and rural communities will agree to a pilot project in a remote area of Scotland.

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