By A Newsnet Reporter

Glasgow University has become the first in the UK to promise to pull its investments out of industries engaged in using fossil fuel, a major step forward for the green movement.

The decision, subject to ratification that the financial impact on the university is "acceptable", affects university investments in major oil companies such as Shell, BP and Chevron. It was hailed by Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES).

The Scottish Greens are thanking over 3,000 new members who have joined the party since the close of polls on Thursday evening.

This means total membership has just passed the 5,000 mark. The surge is also being seen on social media. The Scottish Greens' twitter account - @scotgp - now has over 18,200 followers compared to Scottish Labour's 13,000.

The wave of democratic engagement resulting from the referendum is continuing, the SNP has said today, as 16,694 new members took the party’s total membership to 42,336 as of 4pm - closing in on the UK-wide membership of the Lib Dems, which is 43,451.

A similar surge in applications to become new members was reported by the Scottish Greens and the SSP, with each reporting thousands of people wanting to join.

  By a Newsnet reporter
A public event to discuss the referendum, arranged by the Scottish Socialist Party, has had to be abandoned after a band of flag waving Unionists showed up outside the venue and berated locals.
Police were called to the event which was being held in the Drumchapel Community Centre after the mob turned up unexpectedly and began to hurl abuse at attendees.

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum, will today (16 Sep) show the widespread support it has from colleagues across the UK and Europe for independence.


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