GALLERY: COP26 front pages

A collection of front pages from Scottish, UK, and World media to chart what coverage or otherwise was given to the UN Climate Change Summit. The interest from some peaked and waned. A few emerged more focused and engaged than others. Judge for yourself. Click on the gallery to scroll and view bigger images. COP26 MEDIA: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021 COP26 MEDIA: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, … Continue reading GALLERY: COP26 front pages

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WATCH: Paris Mayor’s vision to turn Champs-Élysées into €250 million eco garden

Perhaps not before time, but finally Anna Hidalgo the Mayor of Paris has given her assent to turn the city of Paris into one of the most beautiful tree lines gardens in the world. She has given the go-ahead for plans to be progressed that would see the 1.9km (1.2m) champs-élysées become a green space to be proud of. Pedestrians would be greeted by tunnels … Continue reading WATCH: Paris Mayor’s vision to turn Champs-Élysées into €250 million eco garden

Dramatic images show wildfire damage amid new calls for public to follow warnings

Forestry and Land Scotland have released a series of dramatic images showing the extent of damage caused by wildfires after 10 of its own properties were among those hit over the past fortnight.

It also led to renewed calls for members of the public to do more to prevent sparking fires as emergency services find themselves stretched trying to control the devastation.

One incident in the north east of Scotland burned ground vegetation over an area equal to ten times the size of a football pitch and required the deployment of nine SFRS vehicles and over 60 fire fighters for approximately six hours. Continue reading “Dramatic images show wildfire damage amid new calls for public to follow warnings”

Royal Scottish Geographical Society unveil Climate Solutions study plan

MSPs, business leaders and newly enrolled university students may be asked to take mandatory climate change studies if plans currently under consideration are adopted. The module and workshop-based studies would help arm them with facts and knowledge to make urgent changes to society as it emerges from COVID-19 lockdown. The Scottish Government has already committed to enrolling at least 100 senior officials to the Climate … Continue reading Royal Scottish Geographical Society unveil Climate Solutions study plan

How many empty offices have left their lights on … and why do it anyway?

I’ve discovered a TV series, shot in Belgium. It’s called Unite 42, and is one of those dramas that you can just lose yourself in. A single focus story for each episode, with a number of core sub-plots being teased out along the way. I was drawn to it because I’m trying to learn French and immersing myself in films, TV and podcasts as much … Continue reading How many empty offices have left their lights on … and why do it anyway?

Watch: Arbikie Nàdar team explain world’s first carbon neutral gin

Perched by the scenic views of Lunan Bay in Angus, all ingredients for Arbikie distillery’s distinctive spirits are planted, sown, grown and harvested in the surrounding 2,000 acres that make up the estate.

But it has taken five years of painstaking research developed through Master Distiller Kirsty Black’s PhD studentship with Abertay University and The James Hutton Institute brought the team to this point.

The production of Nàdar – the world’s first to be carbon neutral gin. Continue reading “Watch: Arbikie Nàdar team explain world’s first carbon neutral gin”

COP26 will change the world – it has to

The leader of Scottish Renewables says that this year’s Cop26 summit in Glasgow must prove pivotal in preserving the planet – insisting nation’s cannot simply “buy our way out” of the climate crisis.

Claire Mack, CEO of the organisation, insists those involved in the renewables industry have a “deep conviction” of wanting to help change the world.

But she said Scotland had to not just play host to the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties this November, but lead the world in action. Continue reading “COP26 will change the world – it has to”

WEATHER CRISIS: ‘Heatwaves like these threaten to kill thousands every year’

SCOTLAND is enduring its warmest summer on record, according to climate change campaigners.

They say the unprecedented upsurge in readings, allied to the crisis in mainland Europe and beyond, indicates that the killer heatwave’s death toll across the continent and beyond will only rise further.

According to data released by Friends of the Earth Scotland – Europe is facing a “wake up call” to face the crisis. Continue reading “WEATHER CRISIS: ‘Heatwaves like these threaten to kill thousands every year’”

New renewables generation steps up to inspire at awards ceremony

AMID the swish of the kilts, the twirl of the gowns and awkwardness of nerves there was something else stirring at the Scottish Renewables gathering in Glasgow. Something, special. 

A couple of hundred people assembled in all their finery for the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2018. And as impressive as that was, there was something even more stand out.

The realisation that every one of them could have a role in helping to save the planet.  Continue reading “New renewables generation steps up to inspire at awards ceremony”

Scottish Water chief highlights changes in environment as key to future planning

IT had a closing group balance last year approaching £430bn, supplies vital services to 2.5m homes and 156,000 businesses, and tackles controversy over everything from burst pipes, road works to what it adds in our taps.

But now Scottish Water – the organisational giant that supplies 1.35 billion litres of our fresh water every day – is looking in the mirror, taking stock of the future, and inviting help from the public and Scottish business.

Here, chief executive Douglas Millican, sets out his concerns over the environment, technology and the changing face of Scotland, and explains how their customers can help shape their future planning. Continue reading “Scottish Water chief highlights changes in environment as key to future planning”

Streets for People and Woodside Mini-Holland active travel projects among pioneering schemes to share £22.5m funding

INVERNESS, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh are to share in £22.5million of funding to pay for five so-called ‘active travel’ plans for everyday journeys. The projects were awarded the cash from final judging of Community Links PLUS (CLPLUS) – a design competition hosted by Sustrans Scotland and the Scottish Government. They will pioneer cycling and walking initiatives geared towards greener living. Sustrans Scotland – a registered … Continue reading Streets for People and Woodside Mini-Holland active travel projects among pioneering schemes to share £22.5m funding