Why shale gas and coalbed methane are not all they’re fracked up to be.
Shale gas and coalbed methane (CBM) are not the answer to Scotland’s or the UK’s energy challenges. Fracking and drilling for unconventional gas has been linked to water contamination, air pollution, earth tremors, health problems and climate change – and crucially, aren’t likely to bring down energy prices, nor create sustainable jobs.
20mph zones create safer, more attractive and more enjoyable streets. They are a straightforward and logical solution for addressing a range of local concerns including the need for safer and less polluted streets.
Our main point is that 20mph zones will help reduce air pollution, because:
(1) Edinburgh’s air pollution problem is mainly caused by traffic fumes
(2) Vehicles do not pollute more if they are driving at 20mph than if they are driving at 30mph
You’ve probably come across fracking in the news and wondered if the reality is as ugly as the word. Maybe you’ve heard about the new natural gas boom and wondered what shale gas and coalbed methane mean for our energy needs. This short briefing explains why unconventional gas is unsafe, unnecessary and unwanted in Scotland, or anywhere.
Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Environmental Law Centre Scotland Parliamentary breifing ahead of the Stage 3 debate in the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill debate. While broadly we welcome this Bill, its impact on Aarhus compliance is limited, and we are concerned that the introduction of a 3 month time limit for judicial review will seriously hinder access to justice in environmental (and other public interest) cases.
Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Environmental Law Centre Scotland joint response to SEPA and the Scottish Government's consultation on New Enforcement Measures for SEPA and the Relevant Offences Order.
Our Community Power campaign aims to mobilise people to develop their own renewable solutions to their energy needs. It provides investment and public support for renewables projects and encourages people to think about their relationship with energy.
Community-owned projects could transform our energy system. Successful examples from across Europe show the benefits in reducing carbon emissions and energy bills whilst instilling a sense of pride in their collective achievements.
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Local decision-makers, planners, local government associations / networks and energy agencies are invited to participate in this free workshop addressing potential for roll-out of community energy in Scotland. The event will include topics such as how local authorities can invest in community energy, how they can access funding, and how local authorities and community groups can work together in renewable energy. Best practice from across Scotland will also be showcased during the workshop.
DECC proposed to make it easier for shale gas companies to drill under people's homes by taking away their right to object or even be notified. We object and fortunately so do the Scottish Government. See also this press release: www.foe-scotland.org.uk/node/1869
Our new report ‘Smaller, Greener Banking’ considers the dominance of RBS and Bank of Scotland in Scotland, the damaging yet potentially positive role of finance for environmental sustainability, and fresh ideas for a diverse banking sector of small, safe and accountable banks.