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    The letter is of course trying to tread the fine line between real action that would reduce climate emissions and not scaring the electorate. It implicitly allows for the possibility of new oil and gas licences being issued, a process which may start again next year. If you think we might have to cancel or restrict some existing licences because of climate change, it can’t make any sense to issue new licences.

    Even though the FM has only taken tentative steps in the right direction, it was enough to prompt Tory leader Douglas Ross’s “extremist” remark. Meanwhile the Scotland Office Minister David Duguid was so desperate to get off the hook in a radio interview that he said that we could extract the oil but just keep it in barrels rather than using it…

    https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/climate-change-cambo-oil-field-plan-is-iconic-decision-that-will-show-if-boris-johnson-and-nicola-sturgeon-are-serious-about-global-warming-dr-richard-dixon-3359950

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    MacDonald said: “Looking at the bigger picture, the UK still treats burning wood in power stations as if it were carbon neutral, despite recent science demonstrating this is unlikely to be true.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/sep/02/drax-faces-prosecution-over-health-risk-dust-biomass-pellets-allegations-employee-safety-power-plant

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    Twenty livestock companies are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than either Germany, Britain or France – and are receiving billions of dollars in financial backing to do so, according to a new report by environmental campaigners.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/07/20-meat-and-dairy-firms-emit-more-greenhouse-gas-than-germany-britain-or-france

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    The scientific study is the first such assessment and lays bare the huge disconnect between the Paris agreement’s climate goals and the expansion plans of the fossil fuel industry. The researchers described the situation as “absolutely desperate”.

    “But the positive side is that we actually can do it. We know clean electricity technologies can be deployed at scale very quickly, when the policy mechanisms are put in place to do it.”

    The researchers said ensuring a fair transition for the many workers in the fossil fuel industry was vital.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/08/climate-crisis-fossil-fuels-ground

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    Phase two of the climate change debate, in other words, is no longer about governments which deny that climate change is real. It’s rather about governments – and wider societies – which say that they fully accept the science, but who then somehow compartmentalise that recognition, and simply continue with “business as usual”, in many key areas of economic life.

    https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/climate-change-deniers-have-changed-tactics-deploying-warm-words-special-pleading-and-inaction-joyce-mcmillan-3377710

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    It’s estimated that globally, over the next 30 years, we need to invest close to $4 trillion per year in energy transition technologies to secure a livable future.

    Currently, we are investing just over $800 billion per year, leaving a $3 trillion gap annually.

    Closing this investment gap is essential to avoid truly catastrophic damage, and neither philanthropy nor public sector investment alone will be sufficient to address this crisis.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/climate-crisis-ipcc-finance-fund-clean-energy-b1916659.html

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    A transition to green hydrogen, it’s being said, would remove the so-called “growth dilemma” from the climate debate. Currently, many green arguments focus on “doing less” –like reducing aviation. However, that’s a hard sell politically and with much of the public. Green hydrogen, it is claimed, would cause little disruption to the way people live but reduce emissions which threaten human life and the planet’s ecosystems.

    At home there’s concern, however, about the Scottish Government’s commitment and ability in terms of the green transition. The SNP is currently under fire after downgrading plans for a Scottish public energy company –focused on renewables – to a “public energy agency”.

    Market forces, Alverà believes, will always outflank lack of political will. “When Trump was trying to promote coal,” he says, “gas was just cheaper and there’s nothing anyone could do in Washington to stop the decline of coal.”

    The same will become true of hydrogen, Alverà believes.

    The idea of addressing climate change without addressing growth, however, won’t be met with open arms by many in the Green movement who believe the environment cannot be fixed without altering the economic system.

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19574970.neil-mackays-big-read-revolutionary-north-sea-green-energy-boom-will-trigger-goldrush-transform-scotlands-debate-independence/

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    The AA president, Edmund King, said: “This action is not only incredibly dangerous in potentially putting lives at risk but it also backfires in environmental terms by causing more delays and more vehicle emissions.

    “These are some of the busiest sections of the M25 where tens of thousands of drivers will have been affected and has a negative knock-on effect on economic activity.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/13/climate-protesters-arrested-after-blocking-m25-junctions-in-rush-hour

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  20. chrisfl
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    The year is 2021 and protesters have blocked a motorway to protest on.

    *rubs eyes*
    *checks notes*

    Home insulation.

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  21. crowriver
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    "tens of thousands of drivers will have been affected and has a negative knock-on effect on economic activity.”

    Isn't that the point of such a protest? Mr King says it like it's a bad thing.

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  22. chdot
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    It is a bad thing if your main interests are business as usual and more of the same.

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    The global production of food is responsible for a third of all planet-heating gases emitted by human activity, with the use of animals for meat causing twice the pollution of producing plant-based foods, a major new study has found.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/13/meat-greenhouses-gases-food-production-study

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    St Fittick’s Park and Doonie’s Rare Breed Farm provide vital green space and family recreation for the people of Aberdeen. They’re also home to a diverse and beautiful array of plants and wildlife. But they’re under threat after being zoned for development, with public money being made available to help destroy them.

    https://greens.scot/save-st-fitticks

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    “As international trade secretary, climate change and protecting the environment will remain a priority as I negotiate ambitious trade deals around the world.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/16/labour-condemns-anne-marie-trevelyan-trade-secretary-tweets-rejecting-climate-science

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    The company seeking to open the UK’s first new deep coalmine in 30 years is gambling on the UK’s and EU’s failure to address climate change, the public inquiry into the mining plans has heard.

    An expert witness for one of the parties opposed to West Cumbria Mining’s (WCM) plans to dig up 2.7m tonnes of coking coal a year says the firm’s case for the mine rests on the assumption that UK and EU governments will breach their legally binding climate targets by using the coal to supply steelmaking over the coming decades.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/16/cumbria-coalmine-firm-betting-on-uk-breach-of-climate-targets

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    The US and the EU made a joint pledge on Friday to cut global methane emissions by almost a third in the next decade, in what climate experts hailed as one of the most significant steps yet towards fulfilling the Paris climate agreement.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/17/us-and-eu-pledge-30-cut-in-methane-emissions-to-limit-global-heating

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