Special wildlife cops ‘a complete disaster’

Tue 10 Dec, 2019

The SSPCA should be given more powers, after a pilot which saw special police officers patrol the Cairngorms national park for wildlife crime was branded “a complete disaster”.

Speaking at the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, Raptor Ecologist Dr Ruth Tingay pointed to the fact that the special officers failed to report a single wildlife crime, despite the fact white-tailed eagles and hen harriers have disappeared in the area during the period.

“The special constables have been a complete disaster,” she said.

Sea rise report shows devastating impact on Scotland

Tue 10 Dec, 2019

A new scientific report has revealed vital parts of Scotland could be flooded by rising sea levels within just 30 years.

The global report from Climate Central uses new methodology to reveal coastal flood threats around the world, revealing the global vulnerability to sea level rise is far worse than previously thought. 

Bombs factory funded by Scottish Government

Fri 6 Dec, 2019

A factory to make munitions has been partly funded by the Scottish Government through its agency Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Greens have revealed. This is despite the First Minister’s repeated insistence that the Scottish Government ‘does not fund the manufacture of munitions’.

FOIs by the Scottish Greens revealed that in 2009, Chemring Energetics successfully applied for Scottish Enterprise funding to invest in site expansion to, in their own words, “take advantage of market moves that have resulted in gaps in the manufacture of explosives".

Nicola Sturgeon challenged over just transition claims

Fri 6 Dec, 2019

The Scottish Greens have challenged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over claims she made that the just transition from oil and gas is underway.

Sturgeon has made the claims during TV debates in the general election campaign [1], and this was raised by Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie at First Minister’s Questions.

Scottish Greens pledge to defend diversity

Fri 6 Dec, 2019

Equalities legislation is under threat from Brexit and rising intolerance, the Scottish Greens have warned.

As well as surging hate crime in the UK following the Brexit vote, there have been calls to repeal the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act of 1998 from right wing groups across the UK.

The Scottish Greens are the only party to have all candidates pledge to protect LGBTI equality and human rights [1], and the party’s Women’s Network has launched a pledge of solidarity [2].

New research shows need for transport transformation

Wed 4 Dec, 2019

New research by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), published today, shows a staggering increase in the cost of public transport in the last 20 years, while the cost of motoring has plummeted by a quarter in the same time period.  

The research shows that while the cost of motoring has fallen by 24%, rail fares have increased by 38%, and bus fares have rocketed by 80%. The proportion of distance travelled by bike in the period is unchanged, but that the proportion of journeys made by foot it down. 

Greens respond to Calmac legal action

Wed 4 Dec, 2019

Responding to reports that Calmac has raised legal proceedings against the Scottish Government over the awarding of the contract from the Northern Isles Ferry Services, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said:

UCU strike reveals SNP poor record on industrial relations

Wed 27 Nov, 2019

The Scottish Government’s response to the UCU strike has revealed its poor record at industrial relations, the Scottish Greens have said.

Scottish Green education spokesperson Ross Greer today called on universities minister Richard Lochhead to respond to the strikes, who described them as “unwelcome”.

Scottish Greens call for new rail lines

Wed 27 Nov, 2019

The Scottish Greens have called for the reopening of a rail link between Dunfermline and Alloa, which would connect Scotland’s ancient capital to Glasgow and the west for the first time since the 1950s.

Following the recent announcement of the reopening of the Levenmouth rail link, the party is pushing for other lines and stations across Scotland to be reopened, to boost low carbon choices for passengers and freight.