Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Sustainable Scotland - Weekly Newsletter

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From: Sustainable Scotland <webmaster@forward-scotland.org.uk>
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 05:30:08 +0100
Subject: Sustainable Scotland - Weekly Newsletter
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Issue Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Here are the latest items from the Sustainable Scotland website,
moderated by Forward Scotland. You can access the full article by
clicking the Read
More links below.

<b>THIS IS ENGLAND....</b>
The latest National Statistics from the Citizenship Survey produced by
Communities and Local Government were released on Thursday 22
September 2011.
Okay this is information about the views and attitudes of the good
people of Englandshire but it makes interesting reading
none-the-less.The release
includes data covering a range of issues including influencing
decisions, volunteering, community cohesion, fear of crime, racial and
religious
prejudice, discrimination and attitudes toward violent extremism.
* Read more... (
http://www.sustainablescotland.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9252&Itemid=118
)


<b>ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT CORRECTNESS GONE MAD?</b>
This story concerns a Scottish council and a minor policy matter. The
processes described take place across Scotland’s local authorities,
concerning policies major and minor. Some Sustainable Scotland readers
will know all about Strategic Environment Assessment and Equality
Impact
Assessment. Many non-initiates will be surprised, possibly astonished
and, if they’ve got any anger left about the idiocies of
bureaucracy, they
might be annoyed.
* Read more... (
http://www.sustainablescotland.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9251&Itemid=120
)


<b>GULL OR GHOUL â€" AFLOCKALYPSE NOW?</b>
In a recent article on the beautiful, friendly â€" but sadly maligned
â€" herring gull, I alluded to an article in The Sunday Post, a
newspaper
rarely mentioned on Sustainable Scotland. I promised to deliver to our
readers some gullish gobbets from its sensationalist, OTP, and
horribly
lariphobic (gull-hating) text. So, here we go!
* Read more... (
http://www.sustainablescotland.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9250&Itemid=130
)


<b>HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES</b>
The UNECE Statistical Division has launched a new database of the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) indicators. The database contains
official
estimates of over a hundred indicators used to monitor MDGs
nationally and internationally.
* Read more... (
http://www.sustainablescotland.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9249&Itemid=128
)


<b>THERE IS A BRAND NEW DANCE...</b>
An expose on the fashion industry written by the Observer's 'Ethical
Living' columnist, Lucy Seigle examines the inhumane and
environmentally
devastating story behind the clothes we so casually buy and wear.
Coming at a time when the global financial crisis and contracting of
consumer
spending is ushering in a new era for the fashion industry,  it offers
a very plausible vision of how green could really be the new black.
* Read more... (
http://www.sustainablescotland.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9248&Itemid=102
)


<b>SHOW ME....</b>
Few issues over the past two decades have brought with them as many
challenges as that of climate change. From shifting weather patterns
that
threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk
of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in
scope
and unprecedented in scale. The Climate Change Starter's Guidebook,
a collective effort of colleagues from UNEP, UNESCO, WHO, and others,
is
intended to support educators in developing their understanding of
the science of climate change, observed and anticipated impacts, and
different
possible responses.
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* Read more... (
http://www.sustainablescotland.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9247&Itemid=96
)


<b>HERRING GULLS GO LOCO</b>
The herring gull (Larus argentatus) is much in the media. It is
accused of being noisy, messy, destructive, aggressive, downright
dangerous at times.
There are many people and organisations to campaign and take action in
the interests of similarly declining and threatened Scottish species
like the
red squirrel and the hedgehog.  There are few advocates for the
highly-intelligent and rather splendid-looking herring gull.
* Read more... (
http://www.sustainablescotland.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9246&Itemid=102
)


<b>BUMBERSHOOTS IN THE OUTER HEBRIDES</b>
The staff of some Scottish Councils walk that extra mile to prove
their sustainability credentials. Even when it is raining, and it
rains and blows
very much in the far-out islands of the Outer Hebrides. That is where
the Western Isles Council holds sway, a Council that is to be
commended for its
efforts to reduce staff obesity and carbon emissions.
* Read more... (
http://www.sustainablescotland.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9245&Itemid=130
)


Please remember that Sustainable Scotland is open for you to publish
content on any aspect of sustainable development in Scotland, and
which you think
would be useful for others to see. This facility is open to registered
users. If you have not already registered, you can find a link on the
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page, beneath the log in box.

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