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Summary

  1. The Environment and Climate Change Committee takes evidence on air quality in Scotland
  2. Topical questions features a question on decreasing farm incomes
  3. The Environment and Land Reform Committee leads a debate on deer management in Scotland
  4. The Rural Economy Committee leads a debate on crofting law reform
  5. Green MSP John Finnie leads this evening's member's debate on ship-to-ship oil transfers on the Cromarty and Moray Firths

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. Wood burning stoves should be a concern

    Mr Dey asks if there is evidence that there should be concern about wood burning stoves.

    Dr Ramsay says there is evidence and it should be a concern. 

  2. Witness says there is a changing dynamic in the sources of pollution.

    Dr Colin Ramsay,

    Committee convener Graeme Dey asks how sources of air pollution can be controlled.

    Dr Colin Ramsay, consultant epidemiologist, Health Protection Scotland says the picture is changing and sometimes efforts to use more sustainable sources of energy has unforseen impacts, referreing to wood burning stoves.

    Dr Ramsay says there is a changing dynamic in the sources of pollution.

  3. Industry and transport the main contributors to air pollution in Scotland

    Janice Milne from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency

    Committee conveenr Graeme Day asks what the main sources of air pollution are in Scotland.

    Janice Milne from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) says industry is a major contributor, particularly combustion from power plants. 

    Ms Milne says transport is increasingly a contributor. 

    She says operators are ask to monitor their emissions. 

  4. Background: FoE Scotland view

    FoE Scotland campaigner Emilia Hanna said it was particularly harmful for small children, pregnant women and people living in poverty.

    "For people living in an official pollution zone or near traffic-choked streets, breathing in toxic air is an inescapable fact of life," she said.

    "It should not be this way, we have the right to breathe clean air just as we have the right to drink clean water.

    Creiff High Street failed the Scottish air quality objective
    Image caption: Creiff High Street failed the Scottish air quality objective

    "The Scottish government and local authorities are not tackling this public health crisis with the seriousness and urgency required."

    She called on the government to provide "significant funding" to councils to support low emission zones and she urged them to introduce measures to cut traffic levels.

    The government's "zeal for road building" was worsening the problem, she added.

    "Other cities have shown that pollution can be tackled. In Seville, pollution levels were cut in half via the introduction of 80km (50 miles) of segregated cycle routes," she said.

    "In London, the mayor has promised to introduce an ultra low emission zone a year ahead of schedule as well as taxing polluting cars via a T-charge. In Paris, the mayor has just announced plans to cut the number of polluting cars in half."

  5. And we're off....

    Committee convener Graeme Dey gets us underway introducing: 

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    Read submissions to the committee here.

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     This first evidence session focuses on:  

    • the environmental and health impacts of air pollution
    • the main sources of air pollution
    • hotspots and trends
    • impacts of pollution on the environment and health
    • and how Scottish government policies take account of the health and environmental impacts of poor air quality.  
  6. Background: Nine most polluted street for nitrogen dioxide in 2016 Hope Street, Glasgow - 65

    Hope Street in Glasgow tops the list of the most polluted streets in Scotland
    Image caption: Hope Street in Glasgow tops the list of the most polluted streets in Scotland
    • Hope Street, Glasgow - 65
    • St John's Road, Edinburgh - 49
    • Wellington Road, Aberdeen - 46
    • Seagate, Dundee - 46
    • Main Street, Cambuslang - 45
    • Union Street Roadside, Aberdeen - 43
    • Queensferry Road, Edinburgh - 42
    • Dumbarton Road, Glasgow - 42
    • Atholl Street, Perth - 40

    Figures in microgrammes per cubic metre. The European Ambient Air Quality directive limits nitrogen dioxide to 40 microgrammes per cubic metre.

    (Source: Friends of the Earth Scotland)

  7. Background: Hope Street Scotland's most polluted street

    The new data from FoE Scotland found that Scotland's most polluted street was Hope Street in Glasgow, with a number of busy roads in some of the country's largest cities also having high levels of pollution.

    One of the most surprising entries on the list is Crieff High Street where levels for particulate matter are above the Scottish target.

    Friends of the Earth Scotland's map shows the country's pollution zones
    Image caption: Friends of the Earth Scotland's map shows the country's pollution zones

    Edinburgh's Salamander Street is one of five new pollution zones - or air quality management areas - that were identified in 2016.

    The others were in Johnstone and Renfrew in Renfrewshire, and in Linlithgow and Newton in West Lothian.

    FoE Scotland claim air pollution causes more than 2,500 early deaths in Scotland each year and the issue should be treated with more urgency by government and councils.

  8. Background: Number of pollution zones in Scotland rises to 38

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    The number of pollution zones in Scotland has risen, according to figures from Friends of the Earth (FoE) Scotland, published in January.

    The group found that there are now 38 zones where safety standards for air quality are regularly broken - five more than last year.

    The environmental campaigners warned the pollution levels were a "public health crisis".

    The Scottish government said it was determined to improve air quality.

    A spokeswoman said the government was working to ensure Scotland's first low emission zone was in place next year

  9. The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee begins shortly

    The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee evidence sessions on air quality begin shortly.

    The first evidence session hears from: 

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  10. Good morning and welcome to Holyrood Live

    Good morning and welcome to Holyrood Live's coverage of the Scottish Parliament on 2 May 2017.

    The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee will take evidence from a raft of witness on air quality in Scotland.

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    After topical questions, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee will lead a debate on deer management in Scotland. 

    Then it’s the turn of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to lead a debate on the priorities for crofting law reform.

    Green MSP John Finnie will then lead a member’s debate condemning ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Cromarty and Moray Firths.