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University of Edinburgh show support for students in Ukraine

After one week since the Russian government began its invasion of Ukraine, there have been significant and growing casualties of soldiers and civilians on both Ukrainian and Russian fronts.  The United Nations have reported that over 600 Ukrainian civilians have died as a result of Russian aggression in Ukraine. Russian troops have shelled military targets […]

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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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International Women’s Day moved online as expected

Monday 8 March marks International Women’s Day, with this year’s theme being ‘Choose to Challenge’. The day has existed across the world in some form for over a hundred years, with every year since 1996 having a different theme. Its main aims, according to the official website, are “to celebrate achievements; raise awareness about women’s […]

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This Week in History: The foundation of the United Nations 24 October 1945

On 24 October 1945 the United Nations was established, replacing the League of Nations as the central organisation aiming for international cooperation.  The League of Nations had declined following failures through the 1930s, and officially closed down after World War Two broke out.  During the war international organisation grew as President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, […]

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Reviving an oasis

Can Afghanistan and Iran work together to reverse an ecological catastrophe, and re-engineer a dead oasis? The Hamon oasis sits on the Iran-Afghanistan border in the Sistan region, near the Helmand river. The region was previously a roughly 2000-square-kilometer wetland, surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of dry, arid desert – a true oasis. For thousands […]

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Commitee of MSPs publish new proposal to address climate change concerns in Scotland

A new proposal to address climate change concerns in Scotland has been released. Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, has published a draft Climate Change Plan (CCP) which, when implemented, will maintain Scotland’s status as a leader in climate action. In 1990 Scotland committed to reducing carbon emissions 42 per […]

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Claims of ‘anti-Israel bias’ are unfounded

It may come as little surprise to hear US Secretary of State John Kerry defending the actions of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, a feature which has become a mainstay in Kerry’s foreign policy. However, even for his aggressively Zionist stance, Kerry’s latest assertion, accusing the UN of holding an “anti-Israel bias”, is both nonsensical and abhorrent […]