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More than 2000 back campaign to halt closure of Botanics art gallery

MORE than 2100 people have backed a campaign calling for a long-running Edinburgh art gallery to be saved from closure in less than 24 hours. Bosses at the Royal Botanic Garden are under mounting pressure to reverse a surprise decision to pull the plug o

Scotsman, Thursday, 19:09

Aldi under investigation by advertising watchdog over salmon claims

Budget retailer Aldi is being investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority following a complaint by a Scottish environmental campaigner over an advert which showed Scottish salmon swimming in the wild - when the store actually sells farmed fish. J

Scotsman, Thursday, 16:26

Scotland’s rarest fish thriving after introduction to remote loch

Scotland’s rarest fish has been brought back from the verge of extinction and the species is now “flourishing” following its introduction to a loch. The vendace, a small freshwater fish, whose habitat had reduced to just two locations in England, is flou

Scotsman, Thursday, 13:14

Scots photographer captures stunning image of stag and moon

These stunning images show the silhouette of a majestic stag in front of a rising moon on the Queen’s Scottish estate. Amateur photographer Andy Leonard, 59, captured the fascinating scene during an outing with the local RSPB beside Loch Muick, Aberdeens

Scotsman, Thursday, 11:37
Challenging the delusion of cheap, safe shale gas extraction

Challenging the delusion of cheap, safe shale gas extraction

There are distinct similarities between the 1848-1855 gold rush and the recent US frenzied rush to tear apart its shallow shale beds regardless of cost to people and the environment. Greed drives the free world to the strangest activities which are then

The Ecologist, Thursday, 11:04
Fracking industry advances with phase one exploratory applications in South Africa

Fracking industry advances with phase one exploratory applications in South Africa

Proposals to get fracking started in South Africa first surfaced in 2008 when three multinational oil and gas companies asked for permission to prospect in the Karoo. They were refused and to date, fracking has not commenced either in the Karoo or elsewh

The Ecologist, Wednesday, 13:43

Stunning photos of first snow of Scottish winter

The first snow of winter was spotted in parts of the Highlands yesterday, marking an early start to the season. Amateur photographer and mountain guide Gary Hodgson was out on Cairn Gorm with his camera yesterday and took these wintry photos.

Scotsman, Wednesday, 13:29

Over-hunting pushing hundreds of mammal species near extinction

Hundreds of wild mammal species are being “consumed to extinction” by humans using them for meat, ornaments, medicinal products and the pet trade, scientists have said. Hunting and trapping is said to be driving a global crisis that threatens the future

Scotsman, Tuesday, 22:46

Western Isles energy project lighting up the future

A SCHEME aimed at making a Western Isles district the first LED community in the UK has dealt with referrals from around 140 homes for the free lighting upgrade. Tighean Innse Gall is working with community windfarm charity Point and Sandwick Trust on a

Scotsman, Tuesday, 11:52

Platform; Loss of seagrass meadows is a carbon time bomb

More than 140 scientists have signed a statement ahead of this week’s International Seagrass Biology Workshop urging the world’s media to publicise the plight of seagrass meadows. You may never have heard of these underwater gardens, but scientists estim

Scotsman, Tuesday, 06:05
This is my cry of alarm, please listen to me!

This is my cry of alarm, please listen to me!

To whom it may concern, I am Almir Narayamoga Surui, Chief of the Paiter Surui indigenous people. Our population lives on the "Sete de Setembro indigenous territory" in the state of Rondônia, Brazil. This is my cry of alarm, please listen to...

The Ecologist, Monday, 12:03

Rare white squirrel family spotted in Barnton

A GREY squirrel scampering around the garden is a familiar sight for many Scots, but now some householders have been given an extremely rare treat after the arrival of not just one, but an entire family, of pure white squirrels. According to wildlife exp

Scotsman, Monday, 11:00

Pure white squirrels delight householders

A grey squirrel – or even a red – scampering around the garden is an familiar sight for many Scots. But now some householders have been given an extremely rare treat after the arrival of not just one but an entire family of pure white squirrels. Accordin

Scotsman, 17 October 2016

Consortium of farmers pay £100k for lamb at auction

A lamb has been sold for an eye-watering £100,000 to a consortium of five farmers. The annual Blackface sheep sale at Dalmally Auction Mart, south of Oban, saw more than 1,000 animals go under the hammer on Saturday, with many lambs, which to the layman

Scotsman, 16 October 2016

£40m canal flood plan to help Glasgow expand

A pioneering scheme will combine cutting-edge technology with an 18th-century engineering feat to combat flooding and allow regeneration in one of the most rundown parts of Scotland’s biggest city. The project will see the 250-year-old Forth and Clyde Ca

Scotsman, 15 October 2016

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