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Scot Gov plans to increase incineration seven-fold in the next three years

Wed 14 Nov, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (14 Nov) challenged the Scottish Government over its plans to increase the incineration of waste to over 1 million tonnes per year in the next three years – seven times the amount currently burnt.

Ruskell welcomes inquiry by Holyrood committee into Safer Streets bill

Fri 9 Nov, 2018

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, whose Safer Streets bill aims to reduce injuries and deaths by making 20mph the standard speed limit in built-up areas, today (9 Nov) welcomed the launch of an inquiry by Holyrood's Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee into the proposal. 

SNP Ministers detached from reality by failing to respond to climate warnings

Thu 1 Nov, 2018

SNP Ministers are "detached from reality" by failing to respond to the latest scientific warnings that we only have 12 years left to avert climate catastrophe, according to the Scottish Greens.

New routes for export of live animals must prompt Ministers to rethink stance, says Ruskell

Tue 30 Oct, 2018

New routes for the export of live animals from Scotland for slaughter overseas must prompt Scottish Ministers to rethink their stance and rule out the cruel practice once and for all, according to Mark Ruskell MSP, Food & Farming spokesperson for the Scottish Greens.

Ruskell welcomes SNP climb-down, after Ministers attempted to delay urgent action on climate

Thu 25 Oct, 2018

Scottish Greens climate change spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP today (25 Oct) welcomed the SNP Government’s climb-down, after Scottish Ministers were criticised for attempting to delay urgent action called for by global climate scientists.

Pedestrian deaths & cyclist injuries show need for safer speed limits, says Ruskell

Wed 24 Oct, 2018

Figures showing a rise in pedestrians killed in traffic collisions and the highest level of cyclists seriously hurt for ten years underline the need for safer speed limits in built-up areas, according to Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell.

Greenpeace study of fish quotas shows sector at risk

Thu 11 Oct, 2018

A new study by Greenpeace, revealing how a tiny minority of wealthy families controls huge swathes of Scottish fishing rights, should serve as a warning that the sector's future is at risk, according to the Scottish Greens.

The investigation reveals that five families on the Sunday Times Rich List own or control a third of all Scottish quota, and that four members of one of these families were fined for their role in the 2012 “black fish” scandal.

Momentum toward 20mph growing with new health backing & Wales joining the race

Tue 2 Oct, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (2 Oct) said momentum toward 20mph speed limits in built-up streets is growing as a new group of health experts backs Green MSP Mark Ruskell's Safer Streets Bill, and as Wales joins the race to implement a safer speed limit.

Climate Weak: Scot Gov claim to be world leader is becoming absurd

Mark Ruskell MSP Mon 1 Oct, 2018

This week the Scottish Government is running a five-day "Climate Week", no doubt celebratory in tone, but there are three key areas where their claims of being a “world leader in climate change” are becoming absurd.

Safer streets a step nearer as Ruskell publishes member's bill

Mon 24 Sep, 2018

Safer streets are a step nearer after Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell published his member's bill, which aims to lower the speed limit in built-up areas from 30 to 20mph. 

The proposal, which enjoys strong public support and received over 2,000 responses in a consultation last year, is backed by a range of health experts, safety campaigners and record-breaking Scots cyclist Mark Beaumont. It is also supported by the leaders of Glasgow and Edinburgh city councils.