‘What planet are these people on?’

SCOTTISH GREEN MSP Andy Wightman slams forecasts for north sea oil extraction until 2050, his comments in contradiction to SNP which welcomed the new report, reports Ben Wray for Common Space at the end of last month. Wightman has criticised a new report forecasting increased oil & gas extraction from the north sea up until 2050, after …

A report from the Scottish Green Party conference

Ben Wray reports on the Green Party conference last month, which was held on 20-21st October at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. First published online at Common Space. THE Scottish Greens conference began with a call for a socialist transformation to create an economy “that puts people and planet ahead of profit”. Maggie Chapman, …

Bogs are unique records of history – here’s why

First published in the online journal, The Conversation. Peat bogs, which cover 3% of the world’s land surface, are special places. While historically often considered as worthless morasses, today they are recognised as beautiful habitats providing environmental benefits from biodiversity to climate regulation. However, they are threatened by drainage, land reclamation for agriculture and peat …

Climate Week Scotland

Climate Week Scotland is from 1st to 5th October Climate Week is a national initiative designed to raise awareness and inspire action on climate change. There are lots of great ways to get involved and either host or attend an event. Organisations have run fantastic Climate Week events in past years. These include guided bike …

News from Eco Savvy

Eco Savvy’s Energy Challenge This year Arran Eco Savvy has an even larger project ahead of themselves and have hired 3 new employees to add to the team! The overall aim of the project is to reduce the carbon emissions of the island, by providing FREE domestic energy audits and advising locals on the best …

“Albatross” Film Review

Albatross by Sue Weaver COAST and TAP Arran got together to show this stunning film, by Chris Jordan, screened on 23rd June at the Arran High School. The film highlights the lives and deaths of the huge numbers of albatross breeding on Midway Island in the North Pacific. The film maker came to prominence when …

A Report from the Arran Civic Trust

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ON THE ISLE OF ARRAN The Arran Civic Trust has a remit to conserve and promote the built and natural environments on Arran. We note with interest the efforts being made by the Arran Economic Group to develop the island in various ways and strongly support the proposals for more affordable housing with appropriate provision, …

TAP – Arran

An update on TAP Arran, and Albatross film showing Think About Plastics – Arran (TAP) took shape at the Coast screening of A Plastic Voyage in February. A steering group was formed there to help gain Arran Plastic Free Coastline status under Surfers Against Sewage guidelines. This website  gives more information about plastic free status and …

Antimicrobial Resistance

A report from Dr. Sally Campbell “We need to join forces against resistant microbes” – with particular reference to current aquaculture practices The further concern for us all, after microplastics, is the UK rising challenge of antimicrobial resistance, known by AMR, its three-letter abbreviation. It is estimated that over 700,000 people die each year across the …