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To avoid another lost decade for Scotland’s nature, we need legally binding targets for nature’s recovery – Anne McCall

Mass extinctionWe are living through a mass extinction. Since 1970, we’ve seen a drop of almost 70 per cent in average populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish, and over a quarter of assessed species are now threatened by extinction. It’s undeniable that developing countries in sub-Sahara Africa and South Asia have suffered first …

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New Age Assessment Rules for Asylum Seeking Young People – Aaron Gates-Lincoln

New UK government proposals surrounding reforms to age assessments of asylum-seeking individuals are putting children at serious risk of mistakenly being deemed to be adults. Invasive tests will be performed on children arriving in the UK as part of the plans, and may result in many of them being exposed to safeguarding risks and becoming …

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Where is the information about why we have the statues we do? – Keir Bloomer

After the toppling of the Colston statue in Bristol, the monument to Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville, in St. Andrews Square in Edinburgh became the subject of criticism.  The city council decided to place an explanatory plaque at the monument, providing information about Dundas’s life.  This was a good decision.  The temporary notice now in place …

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Scotland’s feminist foreign policy can lead the way – Caron E. Gentry

In April, much vaunted headlines circulated amongst my policy-oriented and feminist friends: states with leaders who are women, such as New Zealand, Germany, Iceland, and Finland, are faring better with Covid.  These leaders were swifter and more decisive in their actions (attributes often more associated with leaders who are men; see this interesting Forbes article).  Given Scotland’s …

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