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Our MSPs continue to strengthen emergency EU Continuity Bill to plug gaps in environmental protections

Wed 21 Mar, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs will today (21 Mar) continue to strengthen the Scottish Government's emergency EU Continuity Bill to plug gaps in environmental protections.
Ahead of this afternoon's final debate and vote on the bill, which aims to prepare Scotland for the transfer of EU responsibilities in the event of Brexit, the Scottish Greens are highlighting democratic improvements they have already secured, including:
* Creation of a "sifting process" to ensure major changes to Scots law proposed by government will get the right level of scrutiny

Confirmation that strategy for rail includes our community fund

Mon 19 Mar, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (19 Mar) welcomed confirmation from government agency Transport Scotland that its strategy for investment in rail improvements over the next decade includes a new £2million community rail fund, part of the recent budget deal secured by the Green MSPs.

Our amendments to Continuity Bill will plug gaps in environmental & animal welfare protections

Tue 13 Mar, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs are urging parliament to support their amendments to the Scottish Government's EU Continuity Bill to plug gaps in environmental and animal welfare protections.

Ahead of this afternoon's (13 Mar) Stage Two debate and tonight’s Finance & Constitution Committee votes on amendments to the Bill, the Scottish Greens called on MSPs from other parties to back changes including:

SNP Ministers ducking responsibility for animal welfare with failure to explain opposition to live exports ban

Fri 9 Mar, 2018

SNP Ministers are ducking a key responsibility on animal welfare, according to the Scottish Greens, who have launched a stinging attack on Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing over his failure to explain his opposition to banning live export of animals for food processing.

Mr Ewing appeared to decide the government's policy without consultation in early February, prompting outrage from animal welfare campaigners and questions in parliament.

Ruskell urges action on Low Emissions Zones in light of inquiry into air pollution

Wed 28 Feb, 2018

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (28 Feb) urged action on Low Emissions Zones and investment in safer streets in light of the findings of Holyrood's first inquiry into air pollution.

The Environment Committee's report expresses concern about the Scottish Government's "direction of travel, rate of change and action on the ground".

Finnie & Ruskell urge economic agencies to step up efforts in light of BiFab jobs warning

Tue 13 Feb, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs John Finnie and Mark Ruskell have today (13 Feb) written to the government's economic development agencies urging them to step up efforts to secure new orders in light of warnings that the BiFab marine engineering yards in Fife and on Lewis could close by the end of June.

The Unite union says it expects 260 jobs to go, with redundancies beginning in May, and that it has been told that the decision will only be reversed if new contracts for work are signed.

Green MSP to reveal extent of microfibres pollution problem

Wed 7 Feb, 2018

Scotland has a pollution problem with microfibres and the Scottish Government must act now to fix it, a Green MSP will say in the Scottish Parliament today.

Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ environment spokesperson, will use this afternoon’s “Stemming the Plastic Tide” debate at Holyrood to urge ministers to take action to address the problem of plastics, and other materials, from synthetic clothing entering the water cycle from washing machines.

Ruskell warns ban on exports of salmon is step closer as regulators and industry unable to address seal issue

Tue 6 Feb, 2018

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Feb) warned that a ban on exports of Scottish farmed salmon is a step closer after regulators and the industry were unable to say what steps they have taken to meet US import rules prohibiting the killing of mammals such as seals.

At today's meeting of Holyrood's Environment Committee, the Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation also confirmed that it will begin routinely publishing data on disease, sea lice infestations, and mortalities at their farms following pressure from campaigners.

Scottish Budget: With your help, we did it

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 2 Feb, 2018

The last week felt as if Green MSPs were constantly bumping into Noel Edmonds, with journalists, in true game show style, continually asking “Deal? Or no deal?” on the Scottish Budget.

Ruskell raises concerns with Deputy FM over lack of smoke detectors in schools

Thu 1 Feb, 2018

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell today (1 Feb) raised concerns about safety in schools with Deputy First Minister John Swinney after a freedom of information request revealed that more than one in four schools in Fife have no smoke detectors. 
Mr Ruskell also revealed that not every Fife school is fitted with a fire alarm, and he questioned how appropriate a manual bell or a hand bell is in such an instance.

The Mid Scotland & Fife MSP sought information following the recent fire at Cairneyhill Primary School.