Is it the end of coal in Scotland?

STV News

Coal mining is to be effectively banned in Scotland under new rules governing the creation of future extraction points. Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said Holyrood will take a position of “no support” should any plans for the country’s first mine in 20 years be brought forward. Speaking at the party’s Autumn conference, Slater said the “era of coal [was] over,” adding it was time to “draw a line” under the industry and look for greener alternatives.

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That fracking ban is back

Barry White

In a reversal of policy announced by former prime minister Truss (which itself was a reversal of policy) fracking will in effect remain banned under Rishi Sunak’s government, his spokesperson confirmed this yesterday, saying the new prime minister was committed to the policy in the 2019 manifesto. Earlier at prime minister’s question time Rishi Sunak told the Commons that he stood by the manifesto, which put a moratorium on shale gas extraction.

The Conservative Party’s 2019 manifesto commitment said the ban would be in place until there was new scientific evidence about the safety of fracking. It reads: “We placed a moratorium on fracking in England with immediate effect. Having listened to local communities, we have ruled out changes to the planning system. We will not support fracking unless the science shows categorically that it can be done safely.”

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Campaigning for divestment in fossil fuels

Barry White

Divest UK is a grassroots movement working to take back power from the world’s most destructive and profiteering industry by ending investments in fossil fuels. They campaign for public and private institutions to divest from fossil fuels and take action to secure a safe and healthy planet for future generations.

From 23-25 September, Divest UK welcomed grass roots activists from all across the UK to Ingestre Hall, Staffordshire for a weekend of discussions, exchanging experiences and learning from each other. The following link: takes you to a blog giving an account of the weekend’s events.

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Green washing accusations against PR firm organising COP27

Barry White

COP27 opens on 7 November in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt and marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. However, openDemocracy reveals that the US public relations firm helping Egypt organise COP27 also works for major oil companies and has been accused of green washing on their behalf.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies, which has worked for ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and Saudi Aramco, is managing communications for Egypt’s presidency of the UN climate conference.

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