EVENT: Protect the Oceans – Photo Exhibition in the Highlands

Greenpeace Inverness are hosting Protect the Oceans photo exhibition and event this Saturday. Read on to find out more: What is happening? Do you think protecting the oceans is important? Do you want to do something to help? Well you can! Come along to our Protect the Oceans event. You can learn more about what actions are being taken and what you can do as … Continue reading EVENT: Protect the Oceans – Photo Exhibition in the Highlands

OPINION: What role has Shell played in moving to a lower-carbon future?

They were headline grabbing images and video, undoubtably grabbing attention. But away from the publicity, why did Extinction Rebellion Scotland target oil firm Shell? XRS activist Lauren Waterman explains.

On Thursday, the 16th of January, Extinction Rebellion Scotland activists blocked all of the entrances to Shell HQ with the aim of shutting down the building and disrupting business as usual.

This action was the culmination of Rig Rebellion 2.0 – a ten day long campaign that began when three women occupied a gas rig in Dundee harbour. The rig is leased by Shell and was due to depart to drill two gas wells in the North Sea. Continue reading “OPINION: What role has Shell played in moving to a lower-carbon future?”

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”

Rig Rebellion: XR Scotland blockade oil giants Shell’s HQ in Aberdeen

The Scottish arm of climate activists Extinction Rebellion have stepped up their protest by laying siege to the corporate headquarters of world oil giants Shell.

In a dawn raid starting at 6:30am, they formed blockades to all entrances of the firm’s site on Altens Farm Road in Aberdeen.

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The location is significant given the city is viewed as Europe’s oil capital. It also comes a week after three women activists scaled a rig leased to the firm in Dundee harbour. Continue reading “Rig Rebellion: XR Scotland blockade oil giants Shell’s HQ in Aberdeen”

WATCH: David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet – Official Trailer

Netflix and WWF have released the first look at Sir David Attenborough’s new movie length documentary. In their official promo material, WWF said; “In his 93 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. “Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining … Continue reading WATCH: David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet – Official Trailer

Engineers’ report warns of clothes fibres from wash entering food chain

Experts are warning the way people wash their clothes needs to change to prevent plastic getting into the food chain.

A report issued by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers suggests as many as 700,000 microscopic fibres may their way into the ocean every time a garment is washed.

That, they say, risks seeing them swallowed by sea life which can then end up as food. Continue reading “Engineers’ report warns of clothes fibres from wash entering food chain”

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’”

Can Edinburgh really deliver a breath of fresh air for its citizens? This says yes ..

THE first hint of something big to come emerged in June. Just a throwaway line, and an otherwise seemingly innocuous survey.

But it raised the question – could Edinburgh city centre be destined for a car free future?

And while the city’s Transport Convener Lesley Macinnes stopped short of being explicit about the future intent then, it looks as if all that could be about to change. Continue reading “Can Edinburgh really deliver a breath of fresh air for its citizens? This says yes ..”

Plastic Free Communities and free water stations proposed for cleaner Capital

COUNCIL chiefs in Edinburgh want to create so called Plastic Free Communities in its drive against waste pollution. 

They would sit within a range of measures including the development of a new litter prevention action plan.

Moves towards upping the number of free water filling points are also to be reviewed. Continue reading “Plastic Free Communities and free water stations proposed for cleaner Capital”

Humpbacks and Minke among whale species spotted as survey enters final weekend

SEA Watch Foundation are calling for help for the final weekend of their latest National Whale and Dolphin Watch which concludes this weekend. The event – which began on July 28 – records sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises the length and breadth of the UK. The scheme, now in its 17th year, is one of the oldest and longest running citizen science projects in … Continue reading Humpbacks and Minke among whale species spotted as survey enters final weekend

Extreme weather events to be captured by new Scots linked satellite network

SCIENTISTS in Edinburgh are part of a team behind a new satellite based system they say will help improve monitoring and forecasting of extreme weather events and natural disasters anywhere in the world.

The newly formed International Center for Earth Data will gather, process and deliver weather information from public and commercial sources for researchers, governments and commercial enterprises around the world.

The work involves involving small satellite technology provider Orbital Micro Systems (OMS) and the University of Edinburgh. It would gather information every 15 minutes. Continue reading “Extreme weather events to be captured by new Scots linked satellite network”

Forest Enterprise Scotland orders emergency tree felling over killer disease

AN outbreak of a deadly tree killing disease will see part of one of Scotland’s best loved forests closed next month as experts try to contain its spread.

Dog walkers, tourists and trekkers are also being urged to take preventative measures to help control the outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum.

The discovery in the Argyll Forest Park is so severe, that workers are being drafted in to fell affected timbers.  Continue reading “Forest Enterprise Scotland orders emergency tree felling over killer disease”

The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards 2018 shortlist revealed

FORTY Scots businesses judged to be tackling environmental issues and challenges have been shortlisted for this year’s VIBES awards. 

The VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards will take place on November 14 at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow.

The finalists for the 19th edition include: Wood, Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Devro (Scotland) Ltd, Edinburgh Trams and the Royal Zoological Society Scotland. Continue reading “The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards 2018 shortlist revealed”

Tory government faces pressure over onshore wind farms after new poll

THE UK government is under increasing pressure to include onshore wind farms in its evolving energy strategy.

It comes after a new poll – including 69% of those who identified themselves as being traditionally Conservative voters – said they supported their building to pull away from reliance on dirty fuels.

However current government policy doesn’t support their introduction to the national grid – despite its claim to be pushing a green energy agenda.  Continue reading “Tory government faces pressure over onshore wind farms after new poll”

INEOS fracking license for central belt is extended

ENVIRONMENT campaigners have hit out after it emerged a fracking license for central Scotland has been renewed for a year.

It comes as the Scottish Government draws up long term strategies for the practice, after effectively tying them up applications in planning red tape.

Ministers have voiced their opposition to fracking, but the move was greeted by dismay today. Continue reading “INEOS fracking license for central belt is extended”

Operation Noah says ‘unethical’ for churches to profit from fossil fuel investments

THE CHURCH of England has voted to divest from fossil fuels as those religious groups who don’t were accused of profiting from “unethical” funds.

The remark, from campaigners Operation Noah, come just two months after the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly refused to back a similar motion.

The Church of Ireland and a range of Catholic organisations including SCIAF have also committed to divesting, leaving the Kirk looking more and more isolated in its environmental policies.  Continue reading “Operation Noah says ‘unethical’ for churches to profit from fossil fuel investments”

International Bog Day celebration to be held at The Red Moss in Balerno

THE Scottish Wildlife Trust will be holding events to celebrate International Bog Day later this month. 

SWT”s Lothians Group is hosting an open day at Red Moss of Balerno reserve on the edge of the Pentland Hills in Edinburgh.

It will take place from 12 noon to 5pm on International Bog Day, Sunday 22 July. Continue reading “International Bog Day celebration to be held at The Red Moss in Balerno”

Organic Ayrshire milk farmer shows bottle with plastic free crowdfunding bid

AN Ayrshire farmer who wants to turn his organic dairy plastic free has launched a crowdfunding appeal to try and make it happen.

And Bryce Cunningham is already a quarter if the way towards his £10,000 target.

He hopes it can make the Mauchline-based enterprise the first plastic free organic dairy in the UK. Continue reading “Organic Ayrshire milk farmer shows bottle with plastic free crowdfunding bid”