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Forth Bridge lights before Earth Hour

Johann Lamont: Our actions now will define the next generation

If the flooding this winter has taught us anything, it’s that the power of our environment is all encompassing and its impact can overwhelm communities and devastate people’s lives. There can be little doubt that humanity has contributed to the change in our natural world in recent decades. Increased industrialisation and the sheer volume of […]

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Time for Scotland to invest in warmer homes and healthier transport

This Thursday, MSPs will spend their final hours of the 2013 parliamentary calendar debating the draft Scottish Budget for 2014-15 before Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP presents it to the Parliament in the New Year. The Parliament’s Finance committee, charged with scrutinising the Draft Budget, noted that a “renewed effort is required by the Scottish […]

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Aeroplane in flight

There is no business case for airport expansion

UK newspapers are full of speculation about what Sir Howard Davies and the Airports Commission are going to reveal as their short list for airport expansion, when they publish their interim report on 17 December. According to newspaper reports, Sir Howard is going to be recommending Heathrow as his favoured site for expansion. The debate […]

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Atlantic mackerel on processing line at the Shetland Catch fish factory

The times they are a changin’ – next steps for UK fisheries

The last couple of weeks have been busy ones as is always the case in the world of fisheries during September.  Holidays are over, fisheries negotiations are underway and the countdown to the year end has begun.  Looming large in people’s minds is the question of how we are going to implement the new Common Fisheries Policy […]

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David Cameron in the Arctic

Six years on – where are David Cameron’s climate change promises?

Many people remember David Cameron’s iconic trip to Svalbard in the Arctic in 2006. The image of Mr Cameron hugging a husky became the defining moment for the modern Conservative party and its new leader. At the time, I was lucky enough to lead WWF’s work in the Arctic, a beautiful and fragile place that […]

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