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Dr Peter Wilkie: Botanic Garden fighting to save the rainforest from the scorched earth of human activity

Recognised as a major provider of biodiversity expertise, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has been invited this month to join a workshop in Indonesia hosted by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The task: to develop a programme...

Scotsman, yesterday, 06:44

Nathan Berrie: In this Year of Young People let’s them into the great outdoors

Recent years have supported the appreciation of Scottish nature, culture, health, food and adventure – but this year is our year! The Scottish Government’s Year of Young People is a great opportunity for people to come together across the generations...

Scotsman, yesterday, 06:44

Islanders’ bid to buy home of World Stone Skimming Championship

A group of islanders who host the World Stone Skimming Championships are embarking on one of the most unusual community buyout bids in Scottish Land Fund history. Organisers of the competition will ask for grant assistance to buy a small, unused...

Scotsman, Thursday, 22:27

Row erupts over “suspicious” disappearance of golden eagle Fred

A row has broken out between gamekeepers and conservationists over the fate of a young golden eagle that went missing near a sporting estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Members of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) have hit out, claiming...

Scotsman, Thursday, 17:24

Male monkeys with big noses get the girls, proving size matters

Male monkeys with large noses have more females in their harems - proving that size does matter, according to a team of scientists. Researchers studying proboscis monkeys in Malaysia found that males with exaggerated masculine traits, such as big...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 20:59

New green energy deal to help ease fuel poverty

An Edinburgh-based ethical energy firm is launching a new green power deal that allows customers to help the four million households across the UK facing the stark choice of whether to heat their home or eat. The new UK-wide tariff, on offer from...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 16:41

How can Scotland’s growing red deer population be managed?

The UK’s red deer population has doubled in the last 50 years with at least half of the estimated 1.5m animals in Scotland, prompting a growing debate on how best to manage them. Conservationists, landowners, and politicians agree that growing numbers...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 13:14

21,000 salmon escape from Skye fish farm

More than 21,000 salmon have escaped from a fish farm near the Isle of Skye, owners have reported. Grieg Seafoods, which operates the facility in Loch Snizort, a sea loch to the north-west of the island, said damage to one its pens was discovered by a...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 11:16

Ilona Amos: Every time you do the laundry you damage the environment

That spandex cycling gear or go-fast jogging kit you can’t leave home without may be a great help in the battle to keep your body at the peak of fitness and physical perfection. However, they’re not so good for the health of the planet. The problem is...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 06:05

Roddy Smith: Bidding to be best – how businesses improve the city centre experience

Edinburgh’s city centre Business Improvement District, or BID, is one of the largest outside London – and we like to think it’s also one of the most successful. But the most common questions we’re asked are: What is a BID?, What does it do? and Do we...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 06:05

Scotland best place to see whales and dolphins, study suggests

Scotland is a hotspot for those wanting to catch a glimpse of marine mammals such as whales and dolphins, according to a new survey. The survey, conducted every summer by volunteers for the Sea Watch Foundation, records the number of whale and dolphin...

Scotsman, Monday, 21:25

Major rescue after skier falls 200m in Nevis range

An injured skier has been taken to hospital after a marathon rescue mission in extreme conditions on one of the country’s highest mountains. The man, aged in his 30s, was found and taken to safety in a 12-hour operation after falling 200m through an...

Scotsman, Monday, 16:09

CO2 ‘pulses’ threat to Scottish marine ecosystems

Scotland’s marine ecosystems may be more sensitive to carbon dioxide than previously thought, and could be damaged irreparably by the CO2 ‘pulses’ created by industrial activities, land run off or natural tidal processes. Until now, scientists had...

Scotsman, Monday, 06:52

Parts of UK shaken by 4.4 magnitude earthquake

Large parts of the UK have been shaken by the country’s biggest earthquake in 10 years. The British Geographical Survey (BGS) said the epicentre was 20km (12 miles) north of Swansea, measuring between 4.4 and 4.9 on the Richter scale - at a depth of...

Scotsman, Saturday, 16:49

Half Scotland’s upland birds suffer ‘significant long-term decline’

More than half of Scotland’s upland birds, including the curlew and lapwing, have suffered a “significant long-term decline”, according to official statistics published yesterday. Scottish Natural Heritage’s latest Index of Abundance for Scottish...

Scotsman, 15 February 2018

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