The Critical Path to Global Ocean Protection

“The Critical Path to Global Ocean Protection” Greenpeace’s strategy for Protecting 30% of our oceans by 2030 A report from Sally Campbell With all the focus on the sustainability of salmon fish farming off Arran’s spectacular coastline and questioning over its environmental impacts there is some encouraging news about our seas. After decades of industrial …

Tipping waste into our marine environment

Tipping waste into our marine environment – a report from Lamlash resident and marine scientist Sally Campbell The Isle of Arran Distillers was granted a licence to discharge up to 60,000 litres per day of mixed untreated distillery effluent over 2 x 3 hour periods each day into Kilbrannan Sound, transported to the outfall head …

Update on Friends of the Firth of Clyde campaign to stop oil rig decommissioning in the Clyde

The Friends of the Firth of Clyde are currently fighting a proposal by Peel Port to develop an oil rig decommissioning plant at Hunterston. They are waiting on an imminent decision by Scottish Enterprise as to whether SE will grant Peel Port £10 million of extra funding to enable the plan to go ahead. Here Friends of …

20 Polluters that will have to radically change if Scotland is going to meet its climate goals

By Mike Small, originally writing for the DeSmog UK website For the first time, Scotland has a carbon budget under the international climate agreement made in Paris in 2015. A new report by experts from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester and Uppsala University in Sweden concludes that for …

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 …

Greenpeace Research on Microplastics in Scottish Seas Published

Scientific microplastic survey of Scottish coastal waters confirms contamination The results from Greenpeace’s 2017 ship tour of Scotland have been published at the beginning of March. The scientists on the Greenpeace ship the Beluga utilised a number of different methodologies to gather more data on plastic pollution in Scottish waters than any previously published survey. …