This is a really easy interactive website to explore SIMD indicators (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) by locality and domain.
This annual publication is an accessible reference document which covers a wide range of enivronmental topics including: public attitudes and behaviours, global atmosphere, air quality, water quality, green space, waste and recycling; and is a helpful starting point for more detailed local research on the environmental impacts of energy, housing and transport policies.
Kirsten Robb, our lead candidate for the Central Scotland Holyrood list 2016, was in the Daily Record calling for South Lanarkshire Council to address the unacceptable air pollution levels at the Whirlies roundabout in East Kilbride.
Land rights campaigner Andy Wightman will be speaking on the Common Good assets of former Burghs such as Biggar, how and how to find out what these are and ensure that they are used to benefit local communities. SLC says Biggar has no Common Good Assets we believe that it does as the Public Park and the Burnbraes as well as some other sites would seem to meet the criteria.
Clydesdale Green activist, Janet Moxley has launched a new blog to put a Green perspective on real life situations.
Commenting on the blog Janet said " I plan to blog about interesting bits of happenstance which have made me think about how they interact with Green ideas. I'm not planning a full blown political blog, rather a blog about fairly everyday things with a twist of Greenery! "
Poor air quality in Rutherglen has been highlighted in a Scottish Government report which names it as one of the 26 worst sites in Scotland.
The Rutherglen site at the crossroads between the A730 and the B768 exceeded the limit for the average concentration of tiny PM10 particles during 2012, with an average concentration on 18.5 microgrammes per metre3 compared to a limit of 18 microgrammes per metre3 which was been set to protect human health.
Plans for extraction of methane gas from the coal bed at Airth near Falkirk have been submitted to Falkirk and Stirling Councils.
There are now a number of air pollution hot spots in Lanarkshire, one of them just down the road at the Whirlies roundabout close to where people live. These are areas where pollutants, mostly from cars, breach health limits. Action by the local authority seems to be very slow but they are not alone. So 'Healthy Air' are launching a Campaign film, which you can watch at www.healthyair.org.uk.