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Hunting dog crimes in Scotland more than double

The number of crimes involving hunting with dogs has more than doubled in Scotland in the last year, prompting calls for the introduction of a tougher ban on fox hunting.

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Transport minister Humza Yousaf says the government will improve air quality. Picture: contributed

Humza Yousaf asked to clarify his plans for low emission zone

Transport minister Humza Yousaf has come under fire for failing to answer “basic” and “straightforward” questions about government plans to introduce low emission zones (LEZs) in Scotland’s largest cities.

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The Geminids are one of the bright meteor showers in the celestial calendar, due to their rocky composition. Picture: Getty

The Geminids: how to see the best meteor shower of the year

DECEMBER has already provided those looking skyward with a spectacular ‘Cold Moon‘.

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Heavy snow and 75mph winds forecast for Scotland

Scotland faces heavy snowfall and 75mph winds which forecasters expect to strike the UK tomorrow.

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The world is too crowded already. (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Leader comment: Planet Earth is not ready for 200-year-old humans

Science can do wonderful things: send humans into space, cure a whole range of cancers and unravel the mysteries of the universe. But just because it is possible to do something, does not mean we should.

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The Watson family from Netherlee, Glasgow have fun throwing leaves in Rouken Glen Park

Scotland’s best park of 2017 revealed after public vote

A green space in East Renfrewshire has been named Scotland’s best park for 2017.

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The Scottish crossbill is not faring well whilst other species thrive in the warmer, wetter climate brought on by global warming. Picture: Paul Hobson/FLPA/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock (5318672a)

Rare breeding birds in Scotland vulnerable due to climate change

A number of declining rare breeding birds are becoming increasingly vulnerable to extinction in the UK as a result of climate change, according to a new report.

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Tree-planting in Glen Affric has helped bring back a range of native wildlife.  (Picture: Getty)

Alan McDonnell: Why Scotland’s beavers are like Yellowstone’s wolves

Dig a hole, plant a tree, let it grow. You’ve now taken three (only slightly simplified) steps to providing a home for wildlife.

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Torness in East Lothian is one of two remaining operational nuclear power stations in Scotland. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Nuclear power ‘contributed £1bn’ to Scottish economy in 2016

The nuclear power industry contributed £1 billion to Scotland’s economy last year and supports more than 12,000 jobs, according to a new report.

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Building special segregated cyclie lanes will save lives, a report has claimed. Picture: TSPL

Segregated cycle lanes will save lives in Scotland, report claims

Building traffic free routes and segregated cycle lanes in towns and cities across Scotland would help to prevent premature deaths from air pollution and save £364 million a year in Scotland alone, a report has claimed.

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An expected surge in the use of electric cars is going to require an upgrade to the electricity network. Photograph: John Devlin

ScottishPower awarded £20m to fast-track power grid for cars

A leading utility firm has been awarded more than £20 million to help “future proof” the electricity network against an expected rise in demand from electric vehicle users.

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Children can be confused about different views on eagles.

Author Paul Murdoch appeals for balanced view on environment

Primary school pupils are confused about contentious environmental issues such as the reintroduction of sea eagles to Scotland and the setting up of wind farms, a Scottish author has said.

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Weather warnings for ice were in place across Scotland on Friday morning.

Scotland’s weather: ice alerts as cold snap comes to an end

Britons woke up to slightly warmer temperatures on Friday, with forecasters saying the current cold spell is “almost on its way out”.

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Scots waste 170,000 tonnes of food every year.

Consumers should use common sense over food expiry dates, new guidance says

Retailers should only utilise “use by” dates if there is a food safety reason to do so - and otherwise leave customers to judge the quality of perishable foods using common sense, new guidelines have claimed.

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Kings House Hotel in Glencoe

Iconic Jacobite inn at centre of controversial £11m Belgian beer plans

Located at the head of Glen Coe on Rannoch Moor and in the shadow of Buachaillie Etvie Mòr, it was once used as barracks for the Duke of Cumberland’s troops hunting down Jacobites after the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

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Heavy traffic on George Street, Edinburgh, which has been identified as one of the main sources of fuel emissions in the city.

Edinburgh’s low emissions zone needs support, say campaigners

CAMPAIGNERS are pushing for Edinburgh to do more to get people out of their vehicles and into active travel when it is named as a Low Emission Zone in 2020.

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A man was rescued by emergency services

Walker rescued after becoming lost in snowy hills

A walker has been rescued in dark and snowy conditions after becoming lost and disoriented in the hills.

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Philip Gane is Capital Projects Manager at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee.

Philip Gane: Planting the seed of inner-city farming

Our agricultural sector is under pressure like ­never before. Charged with meeting ever-growing demand, agriculture has had to diversify and adapt at an astonishing rate.

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Jon Proctor and Andrea Nicholas

Andrea Nicholas: Tourism businesses giving the green light to reducing their carbon footprint

As consumers become more aware of ­environmental issues, demand for ‘green’ products and services is increasing, including within the tourism ­industry, and it is recognised as such by the United Nations, which has named 2017 as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

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Workers at BiFab have not seen the benefits of proper investment, says Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson: Ill wind blows for Scotland’s 2nd Industrial Revolution

For a few days, the ­problems of BiFab ­commanded public attention. It was almost back to the old days, with workers threatening to blockade the yards. The First Minister rushed home to take ­command. A few heads were knocked together to underwrite the work and laps of honour ensued.

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