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Big fanfare, few meaningful actions

This week The Student reported that the University of Edinburgh has failed to truly end fossil fuel investments. Despite announcing to great fanfare that “the University has divested from fossil fuels,” as permitted by the wording of the announcement, they continue to hold £39.1 million in BlackRock who have refused to divest from extractive industries. In the […]

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Why nuclear-powered energy is currently the truly green option

Nuclear power is being phased out globally. This is an ecological disaster. In 1993, 17 per cent of global electricity was generated by nuclear power. Today it is just 11 per cent, despite becoming safer and more efficient. Germany is the latest to turn against nuclear energy. In 2011, Germany decided to shut down all […]

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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 […]