National climate change vulnerability and risk assessments in Europe

A report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) is the first review of how the 33 EEA member countries (including the 28 European Union Member States) have assessed the risks from climate change, and how they used this information in developing adaptation policies to address these risks. 

Local Air Quality Management Policy Guidance published

The Local Air Quality Management Policy Guidance for Scotland’s local authorities has been updated. The guidance has been revised to take account of changes to industrial emissions legislation and requirements.

The guidance is intended to help local authorities with their local air quality management duties under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995. It sets out:

Norovirus and Hepatitis E Scottish surveillance reports published

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) Gastrointestinal and Zoonoses team have published two surveillance reports for Norovirus and Hepatitis E. 

In 2017, HPS received 866 laboratory reports of norovirus (NV), a rate of 16.3 per 100,000. This was a decrease of 683 (44.1%) on the 1549 reports received in 2016 and was the lowest number of reports over the past 10 years. The average number of reports per year in the previous nine years had been 2013 reports, with a range of 1306 to 3109 reports. 

New environmental law to deliver a green Brexit

The UK government has confirmed a new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill will ensure environmental protections will not be weakened as Britain leaves the EU.

A consultation started on 10th May on the contents of the Environmental Principles and Governance Bill, which will establish a world-leading body to hold government to account for environmental outcomes.

The body will support the UK government’s commitment to ensure this generation is the first to leave the environment in a better state than that in which it was inherited.

Aberdeenshire Council secures prosecution after man crushed to death

An Aberdeenshire based gunsmith and clay pigeon shooting company was fined £6,000 on Friday 11 May, after the death of a 55-year-old man in Findon, Aberdeenshire.

Aberdeen Sherriff Court heard that in November 2014 David Sinclair Paterson was working within an agricultural type storage shed at Seals Cove Shooting Ground, Earnsheugh Bay, Findon, when he was crushed to death by an armoury door that he was helping to reposition within the storage shed.

Scotland aims to halve childhood obesity by 2030

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled plans to halve childhood obesity in Scotland by 2030 as she met celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

The Scottish Government will set the target in its Healthy Weight and Diet plan, due to be published this summer.

The First Minister announced the move as she met the celebrity chef, who has previously campaigned to make school dinners healthier, to discuss the problems of childhood obesity and healthy eating.

Scotland leads the way in tackling alcohol- related harm

Scotland has become the first country in the world to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

New legislation brought into force on 1st May sets a minimum 50 pence per unit price to tackle the damage caused by cheap, high strength alcohol.

Research shows that the move is expected to save 392 lives in the first five years of implementation.

This pioneering experiment is being closely watched both in the rest of the UK and abroad and minimum pricing is becoming a widely accepted idea.

Operation Opson- European wide action against fraudulent practices in the tuna fish industry

During OPSON VII, an EU coordinated action was run with the support of the EU Food Fraud Network across 11 European countries in order to detect fraudulent practices pertaining to tuna fish. This was the first time that such an action was carried out on a specific product.

Glasgow takeaways encouraged to improve nutritional quality of menu

Food businesses in Glasgow are being encouraged to improve the overall nutritional quality of food on sale by signing up to the Glasgow Food Pledge

Participation in the Glasgow Food Pledge, which is operated by Glasgow City Council Environmental Health, asks that food businesses make three changes to their practices such as:

Alcohol outlet availability and harm in Scotland

Alcohol Focus Scotland has worked with the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, to provide further evidence of the links between alcohol availability and harm in Scotland. 

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