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The University announces carbon sequestration plans

The University of Edinburgh has recently announced plans to capture and store over one million tonnes of unavoidable CO2 emissions. This process, known as carbon sequestration, may entail the university’s direct ownership and expansion of forests, peatlands, wind farms and solar facilities, or the creation of active partnerships on these.  This commitment will play a […]

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COP26: All eyes on Scotland after years of anticipation

In the coming weeks, Glasgow will play host to world leaders as they meet to agree further steps to be taken to combat the climate crisis. The Conference of Parties (COP) is a decision-making body associated with the United Nations’ efforts to slow climate change, with this year’s summit (COP26) taking place between 31 October […]

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All universities should follow Edinburgh’s example of divestment

On 5 February 2018 the University of Edinburgh became the UK university with the largest endowment fund – a massive £6.3 mil. – to pull out of all investments in coal, oil and gas. This divestment, achieved after a long student-run campaign headed by People & Planet Edinburgh, is something we should all be proud of: […]

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The University must make a greater effort to divest

Divestment is eminently achievable, economically viable, and environmentally meaningful; by listening to its students and fully divesting from fossil fuels the University of Edinburgh could take a powerful stance on climate change. Protests and occupations can seem drastic and radical, but they are a frustrated last resort, born of the fact that the University’s senior […]

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Professor Charlie Jeffery: The University is leading on climate change

Climate change is unquestionably one of the world’s most pressing problems. So what are we doing about it? For both individuals and institutions, such as universities like our own, the answer is that we have to change. The University of Edinburgh takes its impact on the environment seriously. We have been on a journey for […]

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Divestment Occupation: University should not let protestors get their way

Let us put views about fossil fuel divestment aside and first consider the events that brought us to where we are today. In October 2014, the University’s Central Management Group agreed to a request from EUSA to consider divestment from fossil fuels and armaments companies, and formed the Fossil Fuels Review Group to consider the […]

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Nobel laureate to join pro-divestment occupation, spend night with protesters

Dr Graciela Chichilnisky, the Nobel Prize winning economist who worked extensively on the Kyoto Protocol, has announced that she intends to spend tomorrow evening with the protesters at the pro-divestment occupation at the University of Edinburgh. Speaking to The Student about the occupation at the Charles Stewart Building, the economist, whose work created a carbon […]

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Edinburgh’s decision not to divest fully is only a backward step

Edinburgh University had the opportunity to make a massive statement yesterday. Had they decided to fully divest from fossil fuels, the news would have circled the globe fast as the carrier pigeons could carry it. Followers of Edinburgh and the UK’s divestment campaign – newspapers outside of the NewsCorp solar system – would commend them. […]