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Flood warning scheme expanded as winter approaches

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has extended its flood warning scheme, helping more communities better prepare for extreme weather. A further 19 areas across the Orkney Islands, Aberdeenshire and Angus have been added to the scheme....

Scotsman, today, 11:37

Jonny Hughes: More than just bees face threat from airborne pollution

We’ve heard a lot in the past year about the hazards facing bees from powerful new agricultural chemicals and of the rich diversity of wildlife in the oceans being threatened by plastic pollution. Several types of neonicotinoid pesticide have now been...

Scotsman, today, 06:36

Shortlist revealed for Scotland’s Tree of the Year

The only tree on a windswept Hebridean island, an ancient elm that travelled the world and a willow from Napoleon Bonaparte’s grave are among the contenders to be named Scotland’s Tree of the Year. Following public nominations earlier in the year, a...

Scotsman, yesterday, 00:28

Uk residents ‘ten times more likely die due to cold home than a traffic accident’

Poor planning and a lack of national resources meant people in the UK were almost ten times more likely to die from a cold home than a road traffic accident during the cold snap last winter, a new report claims. Energy charities National Energy Action...

Scotsman, yesterday, 00:28

Mechanical dredging for kelp would be environmental vandalism, MSPs told

A Holyrood committee could vote to ban the mechanical harvesting of kelp, after more than 10,000 people backed a petition against the practice. Ailsa McLellan, an oyster farmer from Ullapool, started the petition after the first application for...

Scotsman, yesterday, 00:28

Anger at plan for huge fish farm on wild side of Jura

More than 1,000 people have signed a protest against plans to build an industrial-sized fish farm off the unspoilt west coast of Jura. The proposal is for a 14-pen scheme off the island’s uninhabited western shores, an area prized by locals and...

Scotsman, yesterday, 00:28

Insight: Sea change ahead in global war on waste plastic

Pollution of the oceans by plastic waste is now a serious threat to people, wildlife and the planet. The scale of the problem is shocking, and although climate change is often described as the biggest menace faced by mankind, the United Nations has...

Scotsman, Saturday, 23:51

£8000 to give Fife town seagull-proof bins

St Andrews Community Council are to get more than £8000 in funding for “seagull proof” bins. At the North East Fife area committee, councillors agreed a request for £8500 to upgrade the public bins in the town centre. The project will supply and fit...

Scotsman, Saturday, 18:23

Video: Incredible Hurricane Florence weather report goes viral

It is probably the most terrifyingly accurate weather report you’re ever likely to see. A forecast by the Weather Channel, presented by meteorologist Erika Navarro, has gone viral after its impressive use of 3D graphics showed just how deadly the...

Scotsman, Friday, 15:53

Former West Lothian coal mine to become wind farm

A NEW era of eco-friendly energy production launches in West Lothian this weekend – when a former coal mine becomes a wind farm. Lothian Alison Johnstone will officially open the new three wind turbine facility near Blackridge on Saturday. Families...

Scotsman, Friday, 10:49

St Andrews drains ‘on a diet’ to tackle fatberg problem

Action to combat giant fatbergs that block sewers, causing pollution and flooding, is being stepped up in Scotland. Scottish Water is trialling a new strategy to tackle the problem, which occurs when fats are poured down drains then combine with other...

Scotsman, Thursday, 13:30

New electric battery storage facility opens in West Lothian

An innovative new battery storage facility has been opened in West Lothian to help balance the amount of electricity being fed into the National Grid. The largest and fastest of its type in Scotland, the development will charge up during periods of...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 20:47

Gorilla tactics – young children use ape lingo to get message across

Young children who have not yet learned to talk use the same gestures to communicate as their wild ape cousins, new research has revealed. Studies, led by the University of St Andrews, show human children aged one to two years old, on the cusp of...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 06:22

Scientists baffled by number of whale deaths on the coasts of Scotland and Ireland

Scientists are baffled by a wave of whale deaths - which saw more carcasses wash up on the coasts of Scotland and Ireland in the past month than in the previous decade. In Scotland alone, 37 carcasses of Cuvier’s beaked whales have been discovered -...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 16:33

Jim Jeffrey: Bees – and wasps – are in trouble but here’s how to help

Bees. Wasps. Hoverflies. Butterflies. Moths. These are just some of the pollinating insects that are common sights in our gardens, parks, and countryside. For many of us, the soundtrack to the warmer months is underpinned by the buzz of busy...

Scotsman, 11 September 2018

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