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Manish Jethwa: Glasgow can be the UK’s landmark low-emission city

The Scottish Government has unveiled plans to work with councils to introduce low-emission zones (LEZs) in Scotland’s four biggest cities by 2020. The objective is clear: to reduce emissions and improve air quality across Scotland. Glasgow plans to...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 21:12
 

River Clyde becomes “choked” with plastic

A mass clean up of the River Clyde will get underway this weekend as the waterway becomes “choked” with plastic given its close proximity to the city’s population and large scale public gatherings. The build up of litter on the river banks is to be...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 18:45
 

Will Scotland get the sunshine back this week?

Although the weather in recent weeks has been unusually warm, sunny and - in some cases - record-breaking, the past few days have brought with them a decrease in temperatures and cloudy skies. However, the sun is set to make a reappearance this week,...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 18:45
 

Duncan Priddle: Take a trip to see Tolkein-esque beauty and rare wildife

It may not be the Serengeti, but East Lothian is home to a remarkable abundance of rare and important native wildlife, writes Duncan Priddle. Lying less than 30 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, East Lothian is a great place to go to experience some...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 06:55
 

Deadly sharks off UK shores within 30 years, expert warns

Some of the world’s deadliest sharks could soon be found swimming in Scottish seas, experts have warned. New research suggest hammerheads, blacktips and sand tiger sharks are heading towards the UK and could become a familiar sight around the coast in...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 00:54
 

Warm weather toxic algae surge a ‘threat to pets’

The hot summer being experienced across Scotland has led to a surge in toxic algae blooming in rivers and lochs, with scientists warning of a danger to pets and humans. The warm weather has provided good conditions for blue-green algae, which has the...

Scotsman, Monday, 18:53
 

Christine Jardine: The polluted air she breathed killed my mum

Getting rid of air pollution from our towns and cities is a cause that is deeply person for me, writes Christine Jardine. The air we breathe is something we tend to take for granted. We can’t see it but we know it’s there and trust that it’s clean...

Scotsman, Saturday, 06:44
 

Morrisons to trial reverse vending machine in East Kilbride

Supermarket chain Morrisons is trialing vending machines for the return of single-use plastic bottles to reduce their impact on the environment. One of the two reverse vending machines will be in the retailer’s store at Lindsayfield in East Kilbride,...

Scotsman, 12 July 2018
 

Icelandic hunters accused of killing rare blue whale

Icelandic whalers have been accused of killing a rare protected blue whale by mistake. Images documenting the slaughter have been captured and have left international whale experts deeply concerned. Just before midnight on Saturday, the Hvalur hf. fin...

Scotsman, 11 July 2018
 

Major project to count salmon numbers in Scotland takes leap forward

Young salmon populations are to mapped in the first national electrofishing survey, which will provide a statistically robust measure of their numbers in Scottish rivers. Between July and September biologists and volunteers will carry out...

Scotsman, 11 July 2018
 

Invasion of the rat: Edinburgh facing worst plague in 20 years

Edinburgh is facing its worst rat plague in 20 years, according to pest control experts struggling to keep up with calls. A “perfect storm” of the continuing hot weather, overflowing bins and numerous building works has seen the Capital infested with...

Scotsman, 11 July 2018
 

Rare leopard born at Highland Wildlife Park could be released into wild

A critically-endangered leopard cub born in Scotland could be released into the wild in Russia as a world first. News that Amur leopards Freddo and Arina had become parents was confirmed recently at the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie by the cub...

Scotsman, 10 July 2018
 

Schoolboy develops award-winning blowpipe in fight against bagpipe lung

A teenager believes he can end bagpipe lung, a rare but fatal disease caused by a build-up of mould. Robbie MacIsaac, 17, has developed a modified blowpipe that stops the player’s spit from building up inside the instrument. He has won top prize in a...

Scotsman, 10 July 2018
 

Seabirds return to Outer Hebrides after mink eradicated

Seabirds and waders are flocking back to the Outer Hebrides after the success of a scheme to eradicate non-native mink from the islands. Terns, waders, divers and ducks were among wildlife “devastated” on the islands due to the invasive American...

Scotsman, 10 July 2018
 

Surge in sightings leads to whale watching bases on Firth of Forth

Naturalists have set up a whale-watching base on the Firth of Forth to “improve the science” in the wake of a surge of humpback whale sightings in the waters. The Forth Marine Mammal Project will keep a record of marine life in the Firth. The...

Scotsman, 9 July 2018
 
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