Category: Environment


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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Scots student to research micro plastic pollution in the Arctic

A  PhD student from University of Strathclyde is part of a team that will examine the extent of micro-plastic pollution in the Arctic. Steve Allen, from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering working under the guidance of Professor Vernon Phoenix, and a…

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Scottish Government hits climate change quota but urged to speed up target zero

THE Scottish Government has met its annual statutory climate change targets for the third year running. But environmental groups say it is proof they should step up efforts to aim for zero emissions sooner rather than later. It comes as…

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Scottish Government’s draft climate Bill slated by environmentalists as ‘timid’

DISAPPOINTING. Timid. Just some of the words used to express the complete and utter frustration sweeping through the environmental lobby today as the Scottish Government stood accused of choking over its draft Climate Bill. Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham announced it…

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Hilton bans plastic bottles and straws with pledge to cut water consumption

HOTEL giants Hilton have announced it will remove plastic straws from its 650 strong portfolio of properties by the end of this year. It claims it will also cuts its global impact on the environment in half by 2030 by…

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Mountain of rubbish cleared from Handa Island Wildlife Reserve

IT’S a rare beauty spot, worth the effort to get to. Most go to enjoy the wildlife and breath in the clear air. But volunteers have had to clear a mountain of rubbish from Handa Island Wildlife Reserve in Sutherland….

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Monsanto Bayer mega merger opposition from Soil Association campaigners

THE Soil Association has stepped up its opposition against the so-called ‘Baysanto’ mega-merger between agri giants Monsanto and Bayer. It comes after the £45billion deal was given the nod by the US department of justice. It will still need ratified…

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SEPA launches consultation over whisky, landfill and metals sectors

THE Scottish Environment Protection Agency has launched a major consultation to drive how it shapes new environmental regulations. It’s CEO Terry A’Hearn said SEPA was challenging itself to “step up to the mark” and ensure it cracks down on those…

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South Ayrshire Council in pledge to ban single use plastics by 2022

SOUTH Ayrshire Council says it wants to ban single use plastics in its area within four years – with plastic straws first on their hit list. They will also look at a pledge to but sustainable items instead as part…

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Hebridean Celtic Festival celebrates its environmental connections with award

IT’S the first Celtic Connections weekend of the year in Glasgow, a time for the dear green place to bask in the glow of music, carousing and friendships. Yet it’s the event’s Western Isles cousins, Heb Celt, that might well…

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May fails to follow Scotland’s lead in fight against plastics as Greenpeace hit out

IT WAS supposed to be a bold signal of change – a pledge for the UK to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042. Instead the Prime Minister Theresa May and her Tory government have been accused of squandering a “missed…

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Two thirds of kerbside rubbish could be recycled shock new report reveals

TWO-thirds of waste thrown into landfill bins by Scottish households could be recycled, damning new figures show. A new Zero Waste Scotland report – The Composition of Household Waste at the Kerbside – shows that, on average, 60% of what goes in…

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Manuel Pulgar Vidal challenges Scotland to lead the world in fight against climate change

“Act for our future, not just defining a clear target for a carbon neutral economy, but also means for its implementation.”

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Scotland’s Environment data rich web resource launches with mobile first strategy and deep search functions

A NEW look website has just been launched to draw together resources dedicated to Scotland’s environmental information under one banner. Called Scotland’s Environment it is managed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on behalf of a network of stakeholders. It…

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Roseanna Cunningham warns need to tackle climate change growing ‘ever more urgent’ as she awards £8.5 million recycling boost

SCOTLAND’S Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham today warned the nation’s battle against climate change is growing “ever more urgent”. She said while progress was being made in key areas the “pace” has to be lifted on things like recycling and re-use…

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