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The Fracking Queen’s Speech

By Ed Pybus The Queen’s Speech contained extraordinary new powers to fast-track fracking across the whole of Britain. The controversial Infrastructure Bill will allow fracking companies to drill under homes without owner’s permission.  John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK,… Read More ›

A Big Green Yes

By Maggie Chapman, Scottish Greens co-convenor and European Parliament candidate I’m writing to say thank you to the 108,305 who voted Green last Thursday. Thank you so much for your warm welcome around the country, for your kind words throughout… Read More ›

Independent Renaissances?

Independent Renaissances? Narratives for radical Human Ecology in Scotland The Centre for Human Ecology (CHE) is calling for scholars who would like to explore Scottish issues rooted in radical human ecology in the run-up to the independence referendum in September… Read More ›

Power Sharing

On the day Scottish Southern Energy hikes gas and electricity bills by up to 10% for millions of households Bella explores a different path. The stranglehold of private utilities means only one thing, more fuel poverty whilst Alistair Philips-Davies CEO of… Read More ›

The Wind of Change

By Mike Small I don’t believe the gold of today is under the ground. I believe we are the gold. Toby Shapshak, TED GLobal, Edinburgh The independence campaign is shaped and moulded by discussions about oil but it needs to… Read More ›

The Power of Scotland

By Stan Blackley (@stanblackley ) is Deputy Director of Communities at Yes Scotland (www.yesscotland.net). Earlier this week I took part in a breakfast debate at the Scottish Renewables annual conference on the impact that Scottish independence might have on renewable… Read More ›

Arc of Innovation?

Here’s an unashamed plug for Lesley Riddoch’s Nordic Horizons series with two events coming up ‘The Great Green Danes’ in January and ‘Iceland Bounces Back’ in February. First up, something is renewable in the state of Denmark. Scottish Parliament Committee… Read More ›

Indy Podcast 10

Did you know that home insurance premiums in Scotland are artificially high because Scotland is part of the union? I didn’t. You can find out why and much more by listening to ScotIndyPod episode 10 where I talk with (Dr)… Read More ›

Rio Grand Apathy

By Ross Croall Throw off the shackles of the so-called ‘debate’ on climate change – environmental problems are real, and they are here to stay. Forget about global warming for a second.  By the middle of the current century, human… Read More ›

Who Owns Oil?

This article is relevant for anyone thinking about the longer-term issues about energy and Scotland. By Carmelos Ruiz-Marrero Repsol, a multinational based in Spain, has brought a class action lawsuit in New York courts against the Argentine government for the… Read More ›

Eco Mindshift

This is Natalie Jeremijenko on the art of eco-mindshift, from Pat Kane’s new Radical Animal site. Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist/engineer whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. She is an active member of the net.art… Read More ›

Renewables – Not About the Environment

What do we mean by renewable energy? If you ask the average person on the street, many of them probably associate “renewable” with “green” (or “environmentally-friendly”, as we used to call it). The thing is, we should be associating it with “infinite” and “inexhaustible”.

The End of Nuclear Energy

This week, high profile environmentalists like George Monbiot (‘The Fukushima crisis should not spell the end of nuclear power‘) and Mark Lynas (‘What does the Japanese Quake Crisis Say About Nuclear Power’) wrote in defence of nuclear power putting the… Read More ›

Beyond the Stupid Economy

The real issue is not the relationship between sovereignty and prosperity but between prosperity and growth. Ireland’s real ‘crime’ was not to be independent, or to be part of Europe, it was to be obsessed with growth.

News from Nowhere

Mhairi McGregor writes: Questions of leadership are not confined to the Miliband family. At Go Lassie Go, Joan McAlpine asks how Labour will cope without the Big Lies of Jim Murphy? Elsewhere, Kenneth Roy at the Scottish Review riles against maudling… Read More ›

Bhopal 25 Years On

An important new book for the environmental justice movement has just been produced by independent Edinburgh publisher Word Power Books.  ‘Saving the World: Twenty Five Years of the Bhopal Survivors’ Movement’ edited by Eurig Scandrett is a powerful testimony of… Read More ›