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Council rejects plans for new coal-fired power station at Hunterston

NORTH Ayrshire council has rejected controversial proposals for a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston.

National arboretum to protect rare species

A NATIONAL arboretum, intended to help save endangered trees from around the world, is to be established in Scotland.

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Town set for new battle over £100m waste incinerator

PEOPLE in Perth are furious after plans for a £100 million waste incinerator in the heart of the town were revived - seven months after the Scottish Government rejected the scheme.

Richard Dixon: Scotland could have 100 per cent green energy by 2020

THE history of renewable electricity targets in Scotland is instructive in considering how credible the current crop of manifesto promises are.

Background: Strong opinions dominate planning concerns

FEARS over the damaging impact a major windfarm development would have on one of Scotland's leading hotels saw the plans thrown out by councillors only last week.

Green energy target ruining Scotland's landscape, warn experts

OPPOSITION to the Scottish Government's pledge to produce 100 per cent of the country's electricity from renewable sources by 2020 grew last night as environmentalists and energy experts united to condemn the plan.

Give football fans chance to buy clubs, say Greens

Land reform should be extended to give football fans the chance to buy out their clubs, the Scottish Greens have said.

RBS under fire over links to coal-mining companies

ROYAL Bank of Scotland has come under fire after it emerged the bank - a main sponsor of a climate-change initiative - is a major investor in the coal sector.

World's first tidal energy farm to be built off Islay

THE world's first tidal power project is to be built in the Sound of Islay, after approval was given by the Scottish Government.

Experts fear thaw threat to ancient treasures

Climate change is damaging archaeological treasures which have been frozen for thousands of years, according to Scottish scientists.

Turbine factory to get its second wind thanks to joint deal

A RESCUE attempt has been launched to save a closure-threatened wind turbine factory that is at the heart of Alex Salmond's plans to build Scotland's reputation as a world leader in green power.

Young, gifted and green: Scotland's eco heroes

THEY are the unsung heroes of the environmental world - and are all under 25 years old.

Incinerator plan sparks inquiry calls

A CAMPAIGN backed by businessman Mohamed al-Fayed against a planned waste incinerator near his Highland castle is being stepped up.

Islanders fear climate change

THE devastating storms that wreaked havoc in the Western Isles in 2005 could become more frequent due to climate change, a new study has suggested.

Heavy snow = 800 times as many midges

THIS year's midge invasion is set to be 800 times worse than normal following the heavy winter snowfalls.

Iain Gray unveils 'green revolution' plan

THOUSANDS of Scottish homes will be heated by renewable energy if Labour wins power in May's Holyrood election, the party has promised.

Paradise lost - Scotland's vanishing views

THE iconic image of wild Scotland is rugged mountainsides, scenic lochs and sweeping glens with nothing but the odd tree, Highland cow or occasional stag as far as the eye can see.

Call for a tax on garden centre peat products

The government has been urged to bring in a levy on peat products sold in garden centres to encourage consumers to use environmentally friendly alternatives.

It's cheap and efficient and good for the environment, but be aware of the risks if you make your own fuel

MOTORISTS struggling to cope with rising prices at the pumps may be increasingly tempted by the prospect of making their own fuel.

Conservation chief questioned by police after dead sea eagle found on his estate

The Scottish chairman of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust has been questioned by wildlife crime officers following the discovery of a dead sea eagle on his estate.

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