Richard Hepburn: Don’t get that sinking feeling – subsidence is a big issue for home owners

When it comes to checking for coal mining and subsidence risk, gone are the days of a top line search to see whether an address has an old coal mine underneath it.

A seal grabs a fish in the River Tyne.

Fish farms kill more seals as industry tries to save salmon

Fish farms in Scotland have killed more seals so far this year than they did in the same period last year, fuelling criticism that the controversial industry prefers “cheap bullets” to more humane ways of protecting its lucrative stocks.

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Brown: visit to the US. Picture: John Devlin

US firm to get £300,000 for North Sea seismic surveys

A US technology firm is to receive almost £300,000 in funding to develop seismic surveys of the North Sea.

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A state-of-the-art recycling centre opened in Aberdeen can process 20 tonnes in a single hour.

Scotland’s “most-advanced” recycling centre opens in Aberdeen

A £27 million recycling and resource facility in Aberdeen has been described as Scotland’s “most advanced” by council chiefs.

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Fears for Leith amid ‘asset-stripping’ and house price concerns

It has been named one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Europe thanks to its fashionable cafés, bars, restaurants and events.

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The One Planet Picnic is a Keep Scotland Beautiful initiative aimed at schools to encourage  pupils and staff to think about eating more sustainable, locally-sourced and ethically-produced foods. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Catherine Gee: What sort of world are we making for our kids? It’s time we thought about it

Most of us have goals that we seek to achieve, either set by ourselves, by who we work for, or both. ­Common, shared goals are important in delivering real change and none more so, in my opinion, than the global ones for sustainable development set by the United Nations in 2015.

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The final turbine being put into place at the wind farm

World’s first floating wind farm powers up in Scotland

The world’s first floating wind farm is being opened today in waters off the northeast coast of Scotland.

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Scotland is set to have a deposite system for empty drink containers. Picture: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

James Mackenzie: Deposit system welcome – but we must go further

A deposit system would help clean up our streets but it wouldn’t solve our waste issue, says James Mackenzie

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Nicola Sturgeon makes her keynote address to SNP party conference in Glasgow.

Dr Katherine Trebeck: Fair play to the SNP – their ideas could cut gap between have and have-nots

This Friday, political leaders from various corners of the world will meet in Glasgow for a conference hosted by the Scottish Government on ­inclusive growth.

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Immediate action is needed to tackle plastic pollution in the world's seas, Sir David has said ahead of a major new TV wildlife series. Picture: David Parry/PA Wire

Fast action on plastic pollution required Sir David Attenborough

Immediate action is needed to tackle plastic pollution in the world’s seas, Sir David Attenborough has said ahead of a major new TV wildlife series.

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Madeleine Berg of Fidra, with jars of nurdles collected at the nature reserve. Photograph: 
Bryce Powrie

Plastic pellets threaten to bury Scotland’s sandy beaches

Some of Scotland’s most popular beaches could soon be made up of as many grains of plastic as sand, according to new research. An estimated half a million tiny plastic pellets, known as nurdles, were collected in a single day recently from a small stretch of coastline in the Firth of Forth. The findings are just a minute fraction of the amount littering the estuary and other shores around Scotland.

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Loft insulation is an effective way of reducing heat loss in homes. Picture: Getty Images

Energy-efficient homes ‘should get £500 off tax bill’

A £500 council tax rebate should be introduced for householders who install energy efficiency measures into their homes, Citizens Advice Scotland is to tell the Scottish Government.

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Madeleine Berg of Fidra, with jars of nurdles collected at Kinneil nature reserve in Boness. Picture: Catherine Gemmell

Leader: Everyone can help turn the tide of beach pollution

The problem of plastic pollution on our beaches is in danger of making an oil spill look relatively manageable.

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Children from Ulva take the boat to school on Mull in July 1992. Picture: Donald Macleod/TSPL

Islanders to launch worldwide appeal to buy Ulva

Islanders will launch a worldwide appeal to help buy the Hebridean island of Ulva after ministers approved a public buyout.

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Sam Whitten, founder of Hemp Eyewear, produces eyewear frames made from hemp - a sustainable and biodegradable and lighter alternative to plastic. Picture: Contributed

Hemp eyewear designer joins accelerator programme at ECCI

It’s the sustainable material that’s been in use for more than 10,000 years.

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Newquay Tretherras Academy Outward Bound Winter Skills Course Loch Eil

Martin Davidson: Get the kids to go outside and they will learn more about themselves

The advantages to young people of outdoor adventure and education have become widely acknowledged in recent years, as evidence has mounted about the positive advantages high quality experiences can bring.

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Video: Who are Scotland’s biggest landowners?

One half of Scottish private land belongs to group of just 432 owners. Do Eigg and Ulva hold the keys to community ownership?

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Scotland’s weather: Hurricane Ophelia to blast coastal areas

Hurricane Ophelia is crossing the Atlantic Ocean and could bring warm weather, gusts of up to 70mph and heavy rain to Scotland.

Lynne Paterson, Director of Tearfund Scotland

Lynne Paterson: Throwing away so much food means the poorest around the world are going hungry

For the first time in more than a decade, the number of hungry people in the world is on the rise.

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Environmentalists have slammed plans by a US golf mogul to create an 18-hole championship golf course at Coul Links in Sutherland, which could generate �60m for the local economy over ten years

Call to block Donald Trump rival’s plan for Highland dunes

Conservationists are calling for Scots to oppose proposals from Donald Trump’s key golfing business rival to create a new championship course in one of the most picturesque and environmentally sensitive sites in the Highlands.

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