“It takes more than a headline to change a country. The policies must match up too. And this is where the government all too easily slips back into old language, old rhetoric and old ideas of the old ‘normal’ of the pre-pandemic world.”

Analysis: Scottish Budget 2021-22


According to research from the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds, global ice loss is speeding up. There has been a 65% increase in the rate of ice loss over the 23-year survey, with the ice loss over the study period estimated to have raised sea levels by 35 millimetres.

Global ice loss reaching worst-case scenarios



The US election result looks like being a nail-biter, and there is little value in speculating, so we will come back to that in tomorrow morning’s Source Direct. If the pandemic had not intervened, the UN Climate Summit would be just about to get underway in Glasgow. As it is, COP26 has been pushed back […]

With COP26 one year away, why are we letting a serious crisis go to waste?



With the beginning of the pandemic bringing lowered emissions and claims of ‘nature healing itself’, where are we left 7 months on in our fight against the climate emergency?

Covid-19 and Climate Change



First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will announce a “national mission” to “create new, green jobs across Scotland with fair pay and good conditions” when she sets out her Programme for Government today. The proposals will include a “youth guarantee” scheme as proposed by her economic advisory group report, a programme to re-train people to work in low-carbon industries, […]

‘New, green jobs’? Here’s what to keep an eye out for in the Programme for Govt