Environment

Environment

Oil platforms could be left in the North Sea

Decommissioning plans which could see the giant legs of three offshore oil platforms left in the North Sea are due to go before a public consultation early next year.

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How the earliest land walking animals looked. Picture: Contributed.

Scotland holds key to earliest land walking life

360 million year old fossils found in Berwickshire could be the earliest examples of animals to have walked on land.

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Officers believed they had found a green mamba snake

SPCA officers killed snake mistaken for green mamba in freezer

POLICE have received a complaint about an animal welfare charity’s handling of what was mistakenly thought to be one of the world’s deadliest snakes.

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There are calls to make failure to recycle a crime. Picture: Michael Gillen

Call to make failure to recycle a criminal offence in Scotland

Holyrood ministers are to be asked for their view on a call to make failing to recycle a crime.

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Indonesian soldiers and a search and rescue team look for survivors amongst the rubble  yesterday in Lueng Putu town, Aceh province. Picture: Getty Images

Major undersea earthquake hits Indonesia’s Aceh region

A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Aceh province early yesterday, killing dozens of people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings.

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The penguin parade at Edinburgh Zoo has been a popular fixture there since 1951.

Edinburgh Zoo penguin parade shelved over bird flu scare

Edinburgh Zoo has been forced to axe its popular penguin parade - over bird flu fears.

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Scotland is set to get a reprieve from the cold snap of recent weeks. Picture: SWNS

Scotland’s weather: Ullapool warmer than Athens

Winter’s grip on Scotland loosened today with a spell of unseasonably warm weather making parts of Scotland hotter than Athens.

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Young film-maker Zeki Basan. Picture: Contributed

16–year-old Scots film-maker captures vision of John Muir

A 16-year-old Scottish filmmaker has followed in the footsteps of John Muir, creating a short film on the wild places found along the John Muir Way.

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Kittiwake pair. Picture: RSPB

St Kilda’s kittiwake population close to brink of collapse

Conservation experts fear the kittiwake population on St Kilda is at risk of collapse after numbers plummeted to their lowest levels.

Environment
Atlantis Resources is led by chief executive Tim Cornelius. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Fresh milestone for MeyGen tidal power project

Tidal power specialist Atlantis Resources said its pioneering MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth has taken a major step forward with the first installed turbine now operating at full power.

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The number of Scots households living in fuel poverty has fallen year-on-year, but the Scottish Government admits there is 'more work to do'. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

‘One in three’ Scots households struggle with heating bills

Almost one in three Scottish households struggled to heat their homes in 2015, despite the overall number of those in fuel poverty falling year-on-year due to lower prices.

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Floods last winter were among the worst in the UK since records began. Picture: Getty Images

Ilona Amos: Restoring our natural world will encourage nature to look after us

Last winter we were introduced to a crew known as Barney, Eva, Frank and their ilk. Despite their friendly-sounding monikers they brought thunder, lightning, torrential downpours and hurricane-force winds and left in their wake a trail of devastation and human misery across the UK. Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes. Roads, railways and bridges were washed away. There were fallen trees, landslides and power cuts. Lochs appeared where once there were fields.

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Energy efficiency policies could create up to 9,000 jobs a year, claim business leaders.

Leader comment: Time to seize chance for energy efficiency

As forecasters predict unseasonably warm temperatures over the coming days, thoughts will inevitably turn to the environment.

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A target for the amount of energy that comes from renewable sources has been called for. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Boosting energy efficiency ‘could help create 9,000 jobs’

Boosting investment in energy efficiency could create up to 9,000 jobs a year, business leaders have told the Scottish Government.

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The authenticity of some of the signatures on the Creag Riabhach petition has been called into question. Pic: John Devlin

Highland wind farm gained ‘local’ support - from Yorkshire

A LOCAL petition for a controversial new wind farm in Sutherland included scores of signatures from people living hundreds of miles away.

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Picture: SWNS

Mystery cairn found on Braemar golf course

A mystery cairn has been discovered during works to improve a golf course.

Environment
New car electric charging stations installed in the car park at Fountain Park in Edinburgh. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Scottish Government ‘should set a date to scrap petrol cars’

Scotland needs a “revolution” in zero-carbon transport on its roads if it is to meet demanding emissions targets, including a deadline for banning all petrol and diesel engines, environmentalists and businesses have said.

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Grass topped cliffs along the north west coast between the settlement of Edinburgh and potato patches, on Tristan da Cunha.  Picture: Geoff Renner/Shutterstock

Tristan da Cunha islander’s nervous visit to dental school

A student from the world’s most remote inhabited island has travelled 6,500 miles to take lessons at a Scottish university.

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Sunshine for the month of November was significantly higher than the 30-year average. Picture: Flickr

Unusually dry and sunny November breaks Scottish records

Scotland enjoyed its sunniest November since records began as most of the UK experienced an uncharacteristically bright autumn.

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Rouken Glen Park was received the award for the UK's best park. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

Rouken Glen wins best park in the UK award

Rouken Glen in East Renfrewshire has been named as the UK’s best park.

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