Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of hypocrisy after cutting funding for new projects to fight global warming, despite having declared a “climate emergency”. Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Green leader, said reduction of the Climate Challenge Fund was a “serious mistake” and called on the first minister to reverse the cuts. The fund was launched in 2008 to support projects that encourage people to fight climate change by actions such as reducing waste and using greener transport. Mr Harvie cited research published on The Ferret website, which said that funding for new projects had been cut from £5 million in 2018-19 to just over £2 million in 2019-20. The number of new projects slipped from 65 to 22. In the latest financial year 43 projects were turned down due to lack of funds.
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