Scottish politicians spend more time on environment issues

Environmental issues have moved up the political agenda in Scotland since devolution, according to a voluntary-sector coalition.

Scottish Environment Link, whose members include Friends of the Earth Scotland, National Trust Scotland and WWF Scotland, praised the work of the Scottish Parliament during its first term in an independent report.

The link will present the report to MSPs and the media at a reception in Edinburgh this evening.

"Overall the Scottish Parliament has dealt with a huge quantity of environmental issues and legislation in its first four years," said George Baxter, spokesperson for WWF and the Scottish Environment Link. "If we had been relying on Westminster, we would have been lucky to see 2 per cent of these issues discussed."

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