johnfitzgerald

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In the news: global climate strikes

20th September 2019

You may have seen in the news today that a day of action is taking place across the world to raise awareness of the global climate emergency.  Scotland is a world leader in tackling climate change. We have already almost halved greenhouse gas emissions since 1990 while growing the economy, increasing employment and productivity. Now…

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What are ‘heat networks’?

3rd September 2019

Every day more than 800 heat networks are supplying warmth and hot water to over 23,000 households in Scotland. This innovative and environmentally friendly way of supplying heat involves a distribution system of insulated pipes that carry hot water or steam from a central source and deliver it to homes and businesses. Networks can vary…

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Listening to and acting on the scientific evidence

1st May 2019

By Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham The Scottish Government has declared a climate emergency. In recent weeks, the next generation has expressed, in growing numbers and with eloquence, sincerity and passion, their heartfelt concern for the planet they will inherit. Just last week, teenage activist Greta Thunberg accused the UK Government of not listening to…

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This week: 12/04/19

12th April 2019

LFASS payments Hill farmers and crofters operating in some of our most remote and marginalised areas will benefit from the commencement of LFASS payments worth more than £24 million. Around 11,000 eligible farmers and crofters will receive payment in coming weeks, with many having already taken the opportunity to receive up to 90% of their…

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Informing our climate change adaptation plans

19th March 2019

By Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham You may well have seen in the news that severe flooding in the south of Malawi – followed by the arrival of Cyclone Idai, which has also caused devastation across Mozambique and Zimbabwe – has affected over a million people, sadly resulting in loss of life and many tens…

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In the news: climate change strikes

15th March 2019

You may have seen in the news today that young people from around the world are taking part in climate change strikes to raise awareness of the threat of climate change, and urge world leaders to take action. Later this month, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will meet with a group of young people from across…

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In the news: Rest of UK consults on DRS

19th February 2019

You may have seen in the news that a consultation has been launched on proposals for a Deposit Return Scheme across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Scottish Government has already consultated on a Deposit Return scheme. The consultation closed closed in September and the analysis is due imminently.  A Scottish Government Spokesperson said: “We…

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Environmental Strategy analysis published

16th February 2019

By Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham In the Programme for Government, we committed to developing an Environment Strategy to help protect and enhance Scotland’s natural environment and continue our leading role in tackling global environmental challenges. I set out our plans for developing the Strategy in a discussion paper, published last summer. Thisoutlined a draft vision and…

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In the news: Japanese market opens for British beef and lamb

10th January 2019

You may have seen in the news today that Japan has signed an agreement to lift its ban on imports of British beef and lamb. The ban, which has been in place since 1996, has been removed with immediate effect. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Japan opening its domestic market to Scottish beef and…

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In the news: tackling livestock attacks

8th January 2019

You might have seen in the news today that a five-month, multi-agency campaign to highlight the reality of livestock attacks and distress caused primarily by dogs was launched by the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC). The aim of the campaign – “Your Dog – Your Responsibility” is to ensure dog owners understand the distressing…

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