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Ending coal use blighted Scottish communities – a just transition to a green economy must support workers

By Ewan Gibbs, Lecturer in Global Inequalities, University of Glasgow
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While walking on Glasgow Green in 1765, James Watt had a eureka moment that led to the development of a more efficient steam engine, making coal-powered industry and transport possible. In November, a city with a claim to the dubious mantle of having invented the modern carbon economy will host the most pressing UN climate change conference yet – COP26.

Neither Scotland nor the UK have the strongest record when it comes to transitioning fairly away from fossil fuels. The country’s…

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