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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.

Holyrood Backs Green Call For Ethical Trade Deals 

Tue 16 Jan, 2018

Scotland should aim for a race to the top rather than the bottom when it comes to any future post-Brexit trade deals, according to Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens.

Fracking ban challenge is predictable and desperate say Greens

Tue 9 Jan, 2018

Ineos’s decision to challenge Scotland’s fracking ban has been called predictable and desperate by a Green MSP.

Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ climate and energy spokesperson, also says the multinational chemicals company should accept they “lost the democratic debate” instead of throwing their toys of the pram.

Ruskell said:

“This is a predictable and desperate attempt by an industry sinking under public protest in England to try and salvage the last drop of commercial benefit in Scotland.

Pressure mounting on Scottish Ministers to set target of zero carbon emissions by 2040

Wed 27 Dec, 2017

Pressure is mounting on Scottish Ministers to set a target of zero carbon emissions by 2040, as a leading expert in the field lends his weight to analysis from the Scottish Greens.

The Scottish Government's proposal for the forthcoming Climate Change Bill is a 90 per cent reduction by 2050, which represents a slowing down in the current rate of action. 

Green MSPs have warned this risks stalling progress on low-carbon infrastructure such as energy efficient housing, greener buses and new rail lines.

Ruskell says Safer Streets are a step nearer with support from 25 MSPs from four parties

Thu 21 Dec, 2017

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell today (21 Dec) said safer streets are a step nearer after his proposal to lower the default speed limit in built up areas from 30 to 20mph received support from 25 MSPs from four parties. (See list below.)

The deadline for MSPs to formally endorse Mark's proposal has now passed, with supporters including the SNP's Clare Adamson, who convenes Holyrood's cross-party group on Accident Prevention, Labour's David Stewart, winner of the Scottish Road Safety Parliamentarian Award, Labour leader Richard Leonard and the Libdems' Alex Cole-Hamilton.

Green MSP points to oversight in Energy Strategy

Wed 20 Dec, 2017

There is a glaring omission in Scotland’s Energy Strategy says a Green MSP, who questioned ministers at Holyrood today as to why waste incineration does not feature in the document.

Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ energy spokesperson will write to ministers asking why waste incineration, which has the potential to increase airborne emissions, was not included in the strategy.