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.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.