from Sunday Herald, 25 May 2003
It's just a minor snag, hardly worth mentioning. But where are ministers going to plant the 150 million trees they need to combat traffic pollution?
In the partnership agreement for the next four years of coalition government, Labour and the Liberal Democrats promised to protect the environment by planting trees alongside new roads. The aim is to soak up the carbon dioxide that spews out of vehicle exhausts and wrecks the climate.
But experts have calculated that it will take a forest five or six times the size of Glasgow to counteract the steep rise in carbon pollution that will be caused by the executive's £1 billion road-building programme. Over the next 20 years, ministers would have to plant 150 million trees over an area equivalent to 140,000 football pitches.