Warming Oceans Are Making the Climate Crisis Significantly Worse

By Harold R. Wanless The climate emergency is bigger than many experts, elected officials, and activists realise. Humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions have overheated the Earth’s atmosphere, unleashing punishing heat waves, hurricanes, and other extreme weather—that much is widely understood. The larger problem is that the overheated atmosphere has in turn overheated the oceans, assuring a catastrophic amount of future sea level rise. As oceans heat … Continue reading Warming Oceans Are Making the Climate Crisis Significantly Worse

Scotland’s renewable energy ambition is within touching distance … but the real journey is only just beginning

Whatever the new hue of the Scottish Parliament looks come next session, it is clear climate ahead of COP26 in November will take centre stage, and renewables will be at the heart of it. Continue reading Scotland’s renewable energy ambition is within touching distance … but the real journey is only just beginning

Scotland has clear potential to be ‘renewable energy powerhouse’ says new industry chair Adam Morrison

He has three years to make his mark it, but new Scottish Renewables chair Adam Morrison is in determined mood as he gets to grip with the new role. In his opening remarks since taking office he highlighted the challenges faced by colleagues in making sure that Scotland lives up to its potential as a change maker for the world. “Scotland’s potential as a renewable … Continue reading Scotland has clear potential to be ‘renewable energy powerhouse’ says new industry chair Adam Morrison

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

Sea Watch Foundation calls for help in annual whale watch count

THE Sea Watch Foundation are calling for help in tracking the UK’s whale population during a nine-day audit.

The charity, which works to to improve the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises in UK and Irish waters. holds the event every year to get a snapshot of populations.

The 16th annual count needs as many eyes on the sea as possible. Continue reading “Sea Watch Foundation calls for help in annual whale watch count”

Whale dies and gannet rescued as wildlife feels effects of human activity

LERWICK Lifeboat went to the rescue of a gannet fighting for its life after becoming trapped in fishing nets.

The crew aboard the Severn class ‘Michael and Jane Vernon’ had been out on exercise when they spotted the stricken bird.

After cutting it free, they posted to their official page: “Unplanned rescue operation during exercise tonight! #savinglivesatsea Continue reading “Whale dies and gannet rescued as wildlife feels effects of human activity”

Defending food stocks one theory over Moray dolphin attack on porpoise

RESEARCHERS at The Sea Watch Foundation say they will investigate the cause of dolphin attacks on porpoises in the Moray Firth.

The rare event was capture by photographers Jamie Muny and Alister Kemp near Chanonry Point.

Now officials will look at whether competition for food stocks or other reasons could be behind the confrontations. Continue reading “Defending food stocks one theory over Moray dolphin attack on porpoise”

Scottish Natural Heritage in running for award over Loch Leven success

ONE of Scotland’s best loved beauty spots is in the running for a major European award.

Loch Leven, through Scottish Natural Heritage and its partners, has been nominated for a prestigious Natura 2000 award.

The accolade is for work benefitting Loch Leven, its visitors, and the local community and is one of four Natura sites nominated in the socio-economic category. Continue reading “Scottish Natural Heritage in running for award over Loch Leven success”

Scottish Government poised to ban plastic cotton buds

THE SCOTTISH Government is poised to ban plastic cotton buds.

Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said it would be a “clear sign” of their commitment to rid marine life of waste.

And she drew praise from environmental groups for the move. Continue reading “Scottish Government poised to ban plastic cotton buds”

Scotland is urged to act now to protect marine environment from disaster

SCOTLAND needs to act quickly to preserve the nation’s marine life, leading experts warned today.

They say precious marine environment is at risk unless urgent measures are taken to fully protect it this year.

WWF Scotland, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) and a leading marine research scientist believe the wait for consultation on Marine Protected Areas (MPA) is over and action is now required to safeguard these delicate ecosystems and habitats.  Continue reading “Scotland is urged to act now to protect marine environment from disaster”

Charge for plastic straws and cups to end Scotland’s litter shame says Marine Conservation Society

THE Marine Conservation Society is calling on the Scottish Government to introduce a new levy on plastic drinking straws after shock new figures revealed a dramatic rise in litter across the nation’s beaches. They are also calling for charges to be introduced on plastic cups, lids, stirrers and cutlery. It comes as evidence shows charging for plastic bags has seen a huge improvement on their … Continue reading Charge for plastic straws and cups to end Scotland’s litter shame says Marine Conservation Society

Pine Island Glacier gives up its secrets as snowmobile mounted science team looks to predict rising sea levels

HIGH-resolution maps of the complex landscape beneath a major West Antarctic glacier could prove valuable for helping forecast global sea level rise, researchers led by Edinburgh University say.

New radar surveys of the land beneath Pine Island Glacier, obtained by teams out using snowmobile, have revealed what they say is a surprisingly diverse, mountainous landscape under the ice.

And the findings could prove hugely significant. Continue reading “Pine Island Glacier gives up its secrets as snowmobile mounted science team looks to predict rising sea levels”

Thurso based research study reveals that huge majority of north Atlantic seabirds may have ingested some form of plastic

NEW research by experts based in the Highlands has revealed that as many as three quarters of all seabirds living in the north Atlantic may have ingested some form of plastics.

Data on 34 species carried out by a team based in Thurso showed that 74 percent of them had plastics in their system.

The joint study – by scientists at North Highland College UHI’s Environmental Research Institute and the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science – focused on birds in the northeastern Atlantic region.

Continue reading “Thurso based research study reveals that huge majority of north Atlantic seabirds may have ingested some form of plastic”

Surfers Against Sewage deposit return scheme petition hails Scotland for showing real bottle

CAMPAIGNERS Surfers Against Sewage have called on the UK government to follow Scotland’s lead and introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles. They presented a 38 Degrees petition a quarter of a million names strong to the Prime Minister Theresa May with the backing of a cross-party delegation of MPs and leading charities. The idea is to help reduce the amount of plastic waste … Continue reading Surfers Against Sewage deposit return scheme petition hails Scotland for showing real bottle