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Kelp ban branded a ‘chilling’ message for scientists

Banning the mechanical harvesting of kelp would send a “chilling” message to science companies in Scotland, industry leaders have warned. Tom Shields, chairman of industry body Chemical Sciences Scotland, warned the country risked no longer being seen...

Scotsman, Monday, 21:17
 

Kelp ban ‘could see Scotland lose out on £300m industry’

Scotland could lose out on a £300 million industry if MSPs vote to ban the industrial harvesting of kelp in its waters, company bosses have claimed. Ayr-based Marine Biopolymers (MBL) wants to harvest 30,000 tonnes of kelp off the West Coast before...

Scotsman, Monday, 06:30
 

Co-op launch compostable 5p carrier bags scheme

More than 230 Co-op food stores across Scotland are taking action to ban single-use plastics with the introduction of its compostable carriers this week. The not-for-profit compostable bags cost 5p, the same price as the conventional single-use...

Scotsman, Monday, 06:30
 

Islay’s barnacle geese battle: ‘I can’t shoot enough to make a difference’

The majestic spectacle of barnacle geese flocking to Islay is a nightmare for farmers. Dani Garavelli joins SNH experts on a tally of the protected species and talks to the marksmen paid to cull them. Gaze out across the Bridgend Flats, Islay, in the...

Scotsman, Sunday, 09:17
 

Bottle sand puts Rosslyn Chapel at forefront of green technology

It is famous worldwide for its starring role in Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel turned Hollywood movie The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou. But now 15th century Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin, Midlothian, is taking a starring role in the...

Scotsman, Saturday, 06:42
 

Rosslyn Chapel’s bottle-to-sand machine is votive star turn

It’s famous worldwide for it starring role in Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel turned Hollywood movie The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou. But now 15th century Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin, Midlothian, is taking a starring role in the...

Scotsman, Friday, 18:28
 

Conservation action sees fortunes improve for gorilla and whales

Conservation efforts have helped mountain gorillas take a step back from the brink of extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has said. The subspecies of gorilla, which is found in two areas in the Democratic Republic of...

Scotsman, Thursday, 06:44
 

New salmon hatchery sets out to tackle key fish farming problems

A new £48 million freshwater salmon hatchery is set to open in Argyll, with the aim of raising fish farming standards in Scotland. The state-of-the-art onshore facility, based at Barcaldine near Oban, will supply young salmon, known as smolts, to 40...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 06:40
 

Scots cities world’s safest against climate risks

Glasgow and Edinburgh are among the safest cities in the world when it comes to protection against the effects of global warming, according to new research. The findings come from a new study by global risk analytics company Verisk Maplecroft (VM),...

Scotsman, 14 November 2018
 

Wind turbines generated 98% of Scotland’s electricity demand in October

Wind turbines generated the equivalent of 98% of all Scotland’s electricity demand in October, according to new analysis. WWF Scotland said that National Grid demand for the month was 1,850,512 MWh and that almost all of this could have been provided...

Scotsman, 12 November 2018
 

Wind turbines ‘generating 98% of electricity demand’

Wind turbines generated the equivalent of 98 per cent of all Scotland’s electricity demand in October, according to new analysis. WWF Scotland said that National Grid demand for the month was 1,850,512 MWh and that almost all of this could have been...

Scotsman, 12 November 2018
 

Leaving old oil rigs in North Sea could help wildlife – Jonny Hughes

The North Sea oil-and-gas sector has been a cornerstone of UK industry for 50 years. At its peak in 1999, the UK was producing more than three million barrels of oil a day. Whilst this has gradually declined to around a million barrels, the complex...

Scotsman, 6 November 2018
 

Mayan Grace: Squaring the circle of creating jobs while cutting waste

Does the prospect of a stronger, more resilient economy in Edinburgh sound appealing, offering more opportunities for job creation? Or should we be focused more on reducing the scourge of waste – after all, according to Scottish Government statistics,...

Scotsman, 6 November 2018
 


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