World leaders sign up to climate deal

Over 150 nations are today expected to formally sign the Paris climate deal that was agreed in December 2015. World leaders and state representatives will attend the official ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York that will take place on Earth Day.
Today’s ceremony is an historic moment with a record number of national governments signing an international agreement on climate change. It will then need to be ratified into law in national parliaments around the world.

Scotland must maintain high ambition to meet climate targets

Responding to the publication today of a new report by the UK Committee on Climate Change (UK CCC) [1] Jim Densham from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said:
“We welcome the UK Climate Change Committee’s clear advice that Scotland must reduce its carbon emissions by 61 per cent by 2030.  However, the Committee’s report spells out that if we are to hit these new targets we will need to see strong action and new policies from the Scottish Government.

Scottish Government must reduce carbon emissions from air travel

Responding to the launch today of a consultation on plans to halve air passenger duty (APD) on flights from Scottish airports [1], Mike Robinson, a Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) board member who sits on the Scottish Government APD stakeholder forum, said: 
"This is about fairness. This is one of the highest polluting yet least taxed global industries.  This cut will further incentivise people to use the least sustainable transport option.

Divestment - does it work?

Universities, religious institutions, pension funds and many other organisations invest large amounts of money in stocks as a way of generating income. There have been calls for these organisations to remove the capital they have invested in fossil fuel companies to make a stand against the carbon emissions that they are responsible for.
Is divestment a powerful tool to direct the funding of oil companies towards more sustainable means or is it a meaningless gesture?

Global Challenges, Local Solutions Conference

UN House Scotland presents an opportunity to explore the impact of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference which ushered in the first ever universal climate agreement.
In the wake of this significant event, what dyanmics are most pertinent and is the world’s future brighter? Join us on Earth Day 2016 (March 19th) to discuss these issues and more from a national and international perspective.
The afternoon will consist of a two panels discussing International issues and the Scottish response. 
Panelists are:

Hand-Built Wind Turbine Course

With V3 Power Co-op
21st and 22nd May 2016
On the course we collectively build a 1.8m diameter Hugh Piggott wind turbine. All the participants spend time working on each of the three main parts of the build (wood, metal, and electronics) rotating through the different bases on the first day. On the second day we then come together as a group to assemble the machine.

Can we address Fuel Poverty and respond to Climate Change?

A Church of Scotland Perspective
Are the UK and Scottish Governments’ actions to address fuel poverty and implement climate change targets compatible? The Church of Scotland will be reporting on this issue at the General Assembly in May.
Join experts in fuel poverty and the energy industry to explore the various issues around community energy, fuel poverty and the practicalities of implementing the science of energy efficiency.


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