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Publications

A number of publications are produced relating to our climate change work. The most recent online publications can be found by clicking on the links below.

The Energy of Scotland: Heating, moving and powering our lives from now to 2030

The Energy of Scotland: Heating, moving and powering our lives from now to 2030

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The Energy of Scotland: Heating, moving and powering our lives from now to 2030 – a joint report by RSPB Scotland, WWF Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland. Published in October 2016

Date: 15 November 2016

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The nature of climate change

The nature of climate change

1.63Mb, PDF

This report presents the evidence that wildlife in the UK and beyond is already facing a more challenging time due to the climate change that has occurred; and that things are, for the most part, only likely to get worse.

Date: 16 November 2015

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The nature of climate change - summary report

The nature of climate change - summary report

990Kb, PDF

This report presents the evidence that wildlife in the UK and beyond is already facing a more challenging time due to the climate change that has occurred; and that things are, for the most part, only likely to get worse.

Date: 16 November 2015

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The nature of climate change: Europe's wildlife at risk

The nature of climate change: Europe's wildlife at risk

3.34Mb, PDF

A new report showing that some of Europe's best-loved wildlife, from birds to bees, is already at risk from a changing climate and this will increase over coming decades.

Date: 16 November 2015

Authors: Carroll, M.J., Williams, M.A., Bradbury, R.B. (2015)

Published in: Research Report 55. RSPB Centre for Conservation Science

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Solar Power

Solar Power

493Kb, PDF

The RSPB supports the use of renewable energy to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. This briefing summarises our position on all forms of solar energy, but focuses on the impacts of large photovoltaic arrays. It suggests ways to avoid, mitigate and enhance potential impacts on birds and other wildlife.

Date: 12 January 2015

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Written submission to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on implementation of RPP2 and delivery of Scotland’s climate change targets

Written submission to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on implementation of RPP2 and delivery of Scotland’s climate change targets

27Kb, PDF

In order to achieve Climate Change Act targets, RPP2 proposals must be made into policies and implemented. We want to see peatland restoration activity happening in 2014 and 2015 to ensure existing commitments are met and promised funding is spent. Government must work to introduce compulsory nitrogen efficiency measures to all farmers at the earliest opportunity. Meeting the 2020 100% renewable electricity target must be done in harmony with the environment.

Date: 25 September 2014

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Aviation, climate change and sharing the load

Aviation, climate change and sharing the load

99Kb, PDF

Aviation will become an increasingly significant source of carbon dioxide as the sector expands and our need to curb emissions increases. Any decision to expand the UK’s capacity to fly must be taken in the context of our climate change obligations under the Climate Change Act 2008.

Date: 11 July 2014

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RSPB Scotland response to DECC CFD consultation (tech groupings) June 2014

RSPB Scotland response to DECC CFD consultation (tech groupings) June 2014

108Kb, PDF

RSPB Scotland are very concerned about DECC’s plans to award converted biomass power stations long-term subsidies.

Date: 11 June 2014

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RSPB Scotland Response to Draft Heat Generation Policy Statement

RSPB Scotland Response to Draft Heat Generation Policy Statement

209Kb, PDF

Climate change is a significant threat to wildlife, and therefore we strongly support action to reduce emissions associated with heat, which is estimated to account for 47 per cent of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Date: 11 June 2014

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RSPB Scotland: Parliamentary Briefing on Open Cast Coal Consultation

RSPB Scotland: Parliamentary Briefing on Open Cast Coal Consultation

87Kb, PDF

Recommendations in order to ensure future open cast coal extraction takes place at minimal risk to Scotland’s wildlife, communities and climate targets.

Date: 26 February 2014

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The Water Bill and shale gas

The Water Bill and shale gas

290Kb, PDF

Briefing note by the RSPB, the Angling Trust, the Salmon and Trout Association and the WWT on the Water Bill and shale gas exploitation

Date: 26 November 2013

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MPA Consultation Briefing

MPA Consultation Briefing

142Kb, PDF

The Scottish Government has proposed 33 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) which will only protect one of Scotland’s 24 breeding seabird species. This is the RSPB Scotland response to this proposal.

Date: 29 October 2013

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IEEP Report - Assessing Scotland’s Progress on the Environmental Agenda

IEEP Report - Assessing Scotland’s Progress on the Environmental Agenda

2.22Mb, PDF

A Report Commissioned by RSPB Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and WWF Scotland

Date: 9 October 2013

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RSPB Scotland - Consultation on Scotland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

RSPB Scotland - Consultation on Scotland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

480Kb, PDF

Our recommendations on what the Scottish government must deliver with the Rural Development Programme

Date: 31 July 2013

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Helping Nature to Help Us

Helping Nature to Help Us

2.39Mb, PDF

This report outlines how nature can provide natural solutions to living in a changing climate and includes case studies from Scotland.

Date: 12 June 2013

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Pre-Consultation seeking views on the need for a Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill

Pre-Consultation seeking views on the need for a Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill

432Kb, PDF

RSPB Northern Ireland (NI) is pleased to be able to give our views on this import issue and look forward to working with the Executive and other stakeholders in bringing about an ambitious Climate Change Bill for NI

Date: 30 May 2013

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RSPB Scotland response to Scottish Water’s strategic projections for the investment period 2015-2025

RSPB Scotland response to Scottish Water’s strategic projections for the investment period 2015-2025

564Kb, PDF

Water industry needs to improve water efficiency and take a sustainable land management approach in drinking water catchments.

Date: 22 March 2013

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