Scottish company convinced The Queen to embrace solar power

With clients ranging from The Queen to the Scottish Parliament, a small company in Forres has been playing a leading role in Scotland’s renewables revolution for more than three decades.

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Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham meets pupils studying climate change at Currie Community High School in Edinburgh.

Scots emissions to be cut by 66% in 15 years under latest plan

Greenhouse gas emissions will be slashed by two thirds from 1990 levels in the next 15 years under the Scottish Government’s new action plan to tackle global warming.

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Whitelee Windfarm, 20 minutes from central Glasgow, is the UK's largest windfarm

Leader comment: We should all aim for more sustainable energy

Often the size of Scotand and the country’s ambition are used as weapons in the wrangle over our consstitutional future, but in tackling the causes of climate change, our small nation can genuinely claim to be in the vanguard.

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14th Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival will feature some of Scotland's top adrenalin-junkies.

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival to showcase extreme sports

THERE are no prizes for a new climbing route, a first ski descent or for surfing a remote cold-water wave in Iceland.

The Signal Box in the Cairngorms. Picture: Sykes

7 unusual and idyllic cottages in Scotland

THERE are some amazing worldwide holidays on offer for families, but why not try a break at one of the more unusual destination on Scotland’s doorstep?

Sun-lovers basked in 24C heat on Ayr beach in 2016, the hottest year on record globally. Picture: SWNS

Calls to cut emissions as 2016 hottest year on year globally

International climate experts are expected to confirm that 2016 was the hottest year since records began more than a century ago.

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Wind turbines produced enough power to meet Scotland's entire electricity needs for a whole day for the first time ever in August last year.  Picture: Getty Images

Calls for Scotland to set tougher green energy targets

Scotland must set tough new energy goals that are in harmony with nature in its forthcoming energy plan, according to environmentalists.

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Jura golf course.

Jura island course creator has designs on golf conference

THE creator of one of Scotland’s newest and most remote golf courses will share the story of its development with some of the sport’s leading international designers at a major conference.

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Air pollution is the leading preventable cause of early death globally, with traffic fumes a major contributory factor.

Ilona Amos: Steps must be taken to slash toxic fumes and save lives

Toxic air pollution has been named as the biggest human killer globally, overtaking heart disease, poor diet and smoking as the leading preventable cause of premature death.

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Chefs such as Bake Off star Flora Sneddon, who created this dish, have been credited with increasing demand for vegetables like courgettes.

Courgette shortage hits British supermarkets

Shoppers have been hit by shortage of courgettes as rocketing demand from January dieters, combined with bad weather in European countries, has affected supply.
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The potatoes are harvested months before traditional crops

Scottish tattie set to be given protected status by European Union

Growers of a Scottish new potato which was created by two farmers 160 years ago, have applied for the product to get Protected Geographical Status - giving it the same status as iconic foodstuffs such as Parma ham and Champagne.

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Salmon fishing season opens on the River Tay. Picture: Lisa Ferguson/TSPL

‘Dry’ Tayside salmon river tributary reopens after 60 years

A MAJOR milestone in salmon conservation has been reavealed as the fishing season on the River Tay opened today.

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Skara Brae in Orkney is a world heritage site. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Hotels plan for heritage sites unveiled

Luxury hotel resorts should be considered for Scotland’s world heritage sites and national parks, according to a blueprint aimed at boosting the value of the industry by more than a billion pounds in the next three years.

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The hand clasp grip used on Casper is exactly the same as for a human patient. Picture: John Devlin

High demand to learn CPR to save animals in emergencies

CPR is a skill people usually learn to help save the life of a fellow human in a medical emergency.

Tech 3
Hope Street in Glasgow is Scotland's most polluted street. Picture: John Devlin

Air pollution on Scots streets ‘causing public health crisis’

Air pollution is causing a public health crisis in Scotland, environmental campaigners have said with five new “pollutions zones” declared over the last year.

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Haunting Scottish documentary wins acclaim in Serbia

A haunting and evocative photo documentary examining the legacy left by the Highland Clearances is attracting international attention.

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Maggie Chapman will both speak on the issue at the Scottish Independence Convention

Indyref2 movement should start work now, say Scottish Greens

Pro-independence campaigners should start work now ahead of a possible second vote on Scotland’s future in the UK, the Greens have said.

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Rare white deer captured on camera in Newton Stewart. Picture: Graham Forsyth/SNH

Rare white deer spotted in Newton Stewart

A RARE white deer has been caught on camera in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Holyrood will hear public evidence while examining plans to cut APD in Scotland. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Holyrood committee to examine plans to cut air passenger duty

A Holyrood committee has issued a call for evidence on new legislation to bring in a Scottish version of air passenger duty.

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Loch Lomond on the John Muir Way. Picture: Contributed

John Muir Way awarded Scotland’s Great Trail status

THE John Muir Way has officially been recognised as one of Scotland’s Great Trails.

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