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Forgive us for blowing our own co-operative trumpet (it can be quite difficult to play), but we think that one of the reasons you subscribe to The Ferret is because we do impactful journalism.

In late July we revealed that Baillie Gifford, the lead sponsor of this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, had billions of pounds invested in firms that profit from oil, gas or coal.

Headlining said festival was climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Due to The Ferret's revelation, Thunberg has now pulled out of the festival.

This impact was thanks to the hard-work of a Ferret journalist, but also thanks to the support we receive from members, who help to pay for us to keep digging.

Thanks as always for your continued support.
Story of the week
An in-depth look at a Ferret investigation
Greta Thunberg has pulled out of an event at this year’s Edinburgh book festival after Ferret revelations about its sponsor’s investments in firms who profit from fossil fuels.

Last week we revealed that Baillie Gifford, the lead sponsor of this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, had billions of pounds invested in firms that profit from oil, gas or coal.

According to its own climate report, on 31 December 2022, two per cent of Baillie Gifford’s total investments were in companies which make at least five per cent of their money from the oil or gas industries, while 0.3 per cent were in firms which profit from the mining and sale of coal.
What did we dig up this week?
A round up of our investigations in the last seven days
‘Pioneering’ CO2 storage projects could have leaked
Two  carbon capture projects used by the Scottish Government to justify its support of the controversial technology could have caused carbon dioxide to leak.
‘It’s like getting in a time machine’: homeless agencies warn of rise in rough sleeping
Rough sleeping in Scotland’s largest city has escalated dramatically in recent weeks following a decision to cut homeless accommodation to reduce spending.
Trafficking survivors: meet the Polish activists supporting Ukrainian women fleeing war horrors
Women have faced coercion, trafficking and abuse as they attempt to find safety away from the war in Ukraine.
Second Scots NHS board considers prescribing heroin as drug treatment
Tayside NHS health board is considering offering heroin on prescription to drug users following an evaluation of a “successfully implemented” Glasgow-based pilot.
For Fact's Sake
Our misinformation and fact-checking podcast

How will the climate crisis affect our future?

After our fact-checking series, Scotland and the Climate Crisis, came to an end, Ali and Paul spoke to climate systems expert Professor Gabi Hegerl from the University of Edinburgh.

She explained how the climate is already being impacted by human-caused climate change, and how we can tell that the current impacts on the world are directly attributable to greenhouse gases pumped out by human activity.

Question of the Week
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Best of the rest
Investigations we've enjoyed from around the world
PSNI: Major data breach identifies thousands of officers and civilian staff
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has apologised for mistakenly revealing details of all its 10,000 staff. (BBC News)
A small-town paper lands a very big story
In Southeast Oklahoma, a father-son reporting duo’s series on the county sheriff led to an explosive revelation. (New Yorker)
Richard Hanania, rising right-wing star, wrote for white supremacist sites under pseudonym
A prominent conservative writer, lionized by Silicon Valley billionaires, used a pen name for years to write for white supremacist publications. (HuffPost)
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