Global Ocean Treaty may block deep sea mining

Philip Pearson Greener Jobs Alliance

On 5 March 2023, the UN finally agreed an historic ocean protection treaty. Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace International, Louisa Casson, says it’s ‘a monumental win for ocean protection, an important sign that multilateralism still works in an increasingly divided world. The agreement of this Global Ocean Treaty sends a powerful signal that the tide is turning and that governments can put protection, not exploitation, at the heart of our approach to the global oceans.’

This momentum will almost inevitably spill-over into the highly controversial deep sea mining negotiations led by the International Seabed Authority (ISA), which opens in Jamaica this month.

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Hydrogen – a view from Scotland

Alex Lee
Climate Campaigner Friends of the Earth Scotland

Did you know that almost all the manufactured Hydrogen in the world is produced from fossil fuels? Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoI Scotland) has seen that how oil and gas companies are the biggest lobbyists pushing the Scottish Government to adopt hydrogen as a way to tackle climate change.

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Profit forecast up at SSE

Barry White

The multinational energy company SSE plc (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy plc) based in Perth, Scotland, has increased its full-year profit forecast after its gas-fired plants and storage sites benefited from higher gas prices reports the Financial Times Weekend (21/22 January) . The energy company reported that adjusted earnings were expected to rise to more than 150p a share in the 2022/23 financial year, up from its earlier figure of at least 120p.

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Record heatwaves, deceit and doubts on reaching net zero

Barry White

Monthly temperature records  in 12 European countries were recorded last year according to an analysis undertaken by The Guardian see:,for%20at%20least%20one%20month. In each case, the anomalies were more than 1.9C above the average temperature recorded between 1991 and 2020 for at least one month.

On average, global temperatures were 1.2C above the 1850-1900 average in 2022. While cooler than 2021, it marked another warm year meaning that the years 2015 to 2022 were the eight warmest on record.

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