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Watchdog slams Falkirk Council over toxic waste dump

A local authority has come under fire over a series of planning bungles that allowed thousands of tonnes of potentially hazardous construction debris to be dumped on the site of an abandoned open-cast mine. Falkirk Council gave the go-ahead for waste...

Scotsman, today, 06:49

Going green is good for business as well as the environment, says SEPA

Comment: Scottish businesses need to face up to the scale of the environmental challenges facing society, says Terry A’Hearn, chief executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency The scale of environmental challenge facing humanity is...

Scotsman, Friday, 16:31

Scottish salmon 'a worldwide success story'

Julie Hesketh-Laird, the new head of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation hopes to help the industry increase production to 300,000 tonnes a year by 2030. In most new jobs there’s a bit of a “bedding in” period. A chance to get the feet under...

Scotsman, Friday, 15:00

Tiny island of Ulva officially transferred to community ownership

A tiny island off the coast of Mull has officially transferred from private to community ownership following months of fundraising and legal negotiations. Ulva, which was once home to more than 800 people, witnessed steep population decline in the...

Scotsman, Friday, 14:17

Green Scots leading the way in cutting plastic use

Scotland’s efforts to keep resources in use longer are recognised across the world, says Zero Waste Scotland Concern for the environment has never been greater and the way we use our natural resources is firmly in the public spotlight. The concept of...

Scotsman, Friday, 12:38

Wind farm ‘could wipe out a third of wildcats’

Scottish wildcats are facing extinction after it emerged that 30 per cent of the species could be wiped out by a wind farm expansion. Swedish energy giant Vattenfall hopes to expand a wind farm at the publicly-owned Clashindarroch Forest in...

Scotsman, Thursday, 09:25

Decline in sightings of frogs and toads in Scottish gardens

Sightings of frogs and toads in gardens have declined as ponds vanish, survey results from tens of thousands of households suggest. READ MORE - Scots urged to turn to tap to arrest plastic bottle scourge The RSPB said information gathered from its...

Scotsman, Thursday, 09:25

Scots urged to turn to tap to arrest plastic bottle scourge

Scots have been urged to arrest the scourge of plastic waste by carrying reusable bottles to top up on tap water. With around 15,000 tonnes of plastic bottles sent to landfill each year, a new campaign by Scottish Water is hoping to change how people...

Scotsman, Thursday, 07:42

Controversial Highland dunes golf course gets green light

Plans to build a championship golf course on unique sand dunes on Scotland’s north-east coast are set to go ahead after planning permission was granted by Highland Council. Environmentalists have criticised the decision, which they say could lead to...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 16:33

Fracking has not been banned - despite Scottish Government claims, says court

Fracking has not been banned in Scotland despite “mistaken” statements from Nicola Sturgeon and her government suggesting it had been, the Court of Session has said. A judge ruled that unconventional oil and gas extraction has not been outlawed in...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 17:35

Ineos loses its legal challenge to Scottish Government fracking “ban”

Petrochemical giant Ineos has lost its legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s “ban” on fracking at the Court of Session, Scotland’s highest civil court. Ineos and Aberdeen firm ReachCSG took Scottish ministers to court over their decision to...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 12:40

Wrong wind turbines create traffic chaos in the north

Major tailbacks were experienced by motorists in the north of Scotland after giant wind turbine parts had to be sent back - because they were the wrong size. Motorists using the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road had already experienced weeks of delays as...

Scotsman, Monday, 20:40

Wildcat kittens born at Edinburgh Zoo could provide ‘lifeline’ for the species

Two rare Scottish wildcats born at Edinburgh Zoo may help provide a lifeline for the species. The kittens will join a conservation breeding programme which it is hoped will save the species from extinction in the wild through future reintroductions...

Scotsman, Monday, 12:35

More than £2M to boost energy efficiency in homes and businesses

More than £2 million is being put forward to help Scottish households and businesses boost energy efficiency Money has been given to 15 councils to help projects as part of the new Energy Efficient Scotland programme. The Scottish Government funding...

Scotsman, Sunday, 17:50

Lindsay McQuade: Economic facts alone should blow away doubts about wind power

The first ever Onshore Wind Week in the UK has just come to a close, with events held across the country over the past seven days The renewable energy industry joined forces with workers, families and even frozen food retailers, to make the case for...

Scotsman, Sunday, 16:07

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