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Carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise. Photo: Pixabay

THE SCOTTISH Government has been criticised for missing its climate targets 
for a third year in a row.

The Liberal Democrats’ energy spokesperson Liam McArthur said: “Once again, we’re nowhere near where we need to be in terms of reducing Scotland’s emissions. The Scottish Government’s warm words will make for an even warmer planet.”

The Scottish Greens’ Mark Russell added: “These latest stats show that Scotland is not
cutting emissions fast enough to meet our international obligations.
 “While we have seen some progress in renewable energy, emissions from transport
 have seen no reduction at all, while emissions from land use has actually gone up.”

POTENTIALLY hundreds of thousands of EU citizens could be left in legal
limbo across the UK on 1 July following the end of the EU Settled Status scheme,
the UK in a Changing Europe think tank has said.

The finding of the organisation’s report The EU Settlement Scheme come after isles 
MP Alistair Carmichael and SIC convener Malcolm Bell have been urging anyone
who may still be unsure about the process to check their status.

Help for EU citizens living in Shetland is available from the local Citizen Advice 
Bureau on 01595 694696.

HIGHER than usual air pollution levels reported recently in Shetland were down
to an error with equipment, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural
 Affairs (DEFRA) says.

Figures from DEFRA in early June appeared to show that Lerwick had one of the
highest rates of air pollution in the UK. “We have identified a monitoring station in Lerwick which appears to have a fault
with the monitoring instrument, causing higher than expected readings,” a
 spokesperson said.

THE organisers of the knitting tuition project hosted in primary schools,
 Shetland Peerie Makkers, have said they hope that bairns will be able to resume 
classes in early September after they had to be paused due to the Covid 

In December last year money to carry on the project was secured from the Crown 
Estate Fund.

A final decision on whether the classes can resume will depend on the outcome of a
re view of each school, to be held in August.

A NEW release of archive film and video footage celebrating RNLI communities across Scotland will premiere at Mareel in Lerwick Sunday (20 June) at 2pm.

Directed, researched and edited by Shona Thomson in a co-production with Screen 
Argyll, the film has been two years in the making with “unprecedented” access to the 
RNLI’s own archives.

Footage of both the Lerwick and Aith RNLI crews feature in the film alongside 
appearances from 30 other lifeboat crews.

VOLUNTARY Action Shetland said they have secured funding to support
 volunteer-run community buildings, such as local halls, boating clubs and
heritage buildings, to confidently and safely reopen to the public.

They are able to offer a cleaning pack including cleaning materials and hand sanitiser.
They are also able to assist with any screening requirements.

To access this resource please contact Amanda Sinclair 01595 743912 or email

SERCO NorthLink Ferries has achieved “investors in diversity” status – becoming the first ferry operator in the UK to receive the accreditation.

The award, granted by the National Centre for Diversity (NCD), reflects the
dedication and effort NorthLink has made to create an inclusive workplace.

It also shows the company’s commitment to fairness, respect, equality, diversity, 
inclusion and engagement.

PROMOTE Shetland has launched a welcome pack for people making the move
 to Shetland.

Topics covered include finding work, housing, healthcare, education, travel and local
 services and amenities.

The welcome pack is available as a downloadable PDF to those who sign up to the
new Making Shetland Home email newsletter.

THE Shetland Distillery Company is amongst the first businesses to sign up to
 The Academy, a new and unique training initiative to help food and drink
businesses targeting growth, after the industry was one of the hardest hit by 
Covid-19 and Brexit.

The three training programmes – seeding growth, accelerating growth and commercial 
excellence – have been designed to support companies at various stages in their 
development, and are the first major investment from the Scotland Food & Drink 
Partnership’s £5m recovery plan.