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More than £2M to boost energy efficiency in homes and businesses

More than £2 million is being put forward to help Scottish households and businesses boost energy efficiency

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Whitelee Wind Farm, the largest onshore site in the UK. Picture: John Devlin

Lindsay McQuade: Economic facts alone should blow away doubts about wind power

The first ever Onshore Wind Week in the UK has just come to a close, with events held across the country over the past seven days

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Whitelee Wind Farm, the largest onshore site in the UK. Picture: John Devlin

Lindsay McQuade: Let’s blow away wind farm misconceptions

The first ever Onshore Wind Week in the UK has just come to a close, with events held across the country over the past seven days.

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McDonald’s to replace plastic straws in all UK restaurants

McDonald’s is replacing plastic straws with paper ones across all its UK and Ireland restaurants after a successful trial.

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More than 130,000 plastic bottles and drinks cans are binned every day in Scotland, with many ending up as litter. Picture: PA

How would a bottle deposit system work in Scotland?

Scotland could learn from the example of other countries as it prepares to launch a bottle return system to encourage more people to recycle plastic packaging.

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A group of international scientists are trying to prove that the Loch Ness Monster exists

The first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster took place more than 1,000 years ago - is it time to set the record straight?
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Free posies will be up for grabs on Saturday in Edinburgh, as part of the Lonely Bouquet event - celebrating the beauty and social and environmental benefits of locally grown flowers

Floral art and free posies celebrate local flower growers

Residents and visitors to the Scottish capital could be lucky enough to go home with a free bunch of fresh flowers created by some of the country’s leading artisan florists this weekend.

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A Mint moth. Picture: PA

Climate change brings new species of moth to Scotland

An increasing number of moth species are arriving and settling in Scotland as a result of climate change, experts have revealed.

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A Red Squirrel

Scottish wildcat and red squirrel among UK’s most threatened land mammals

Two of Scotland’s most iconic native mammals have been named in a list of British animals facing a serious risk of extinction.

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Stuart Goodall is Chief Executive of Confor: promoting forestry and wood

Stuart Goodall: Time to make carbon history and meet climate targets by growing more trees

It’s 2050. The petrol engine and gas heating boilers are curiosities in the Museum of Scotland, part of an exhibition about how society has adapted to a (very) low carbon economy and lifestyle.

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A wolf. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Wild wolves could return to Scotland to control deer numbers

Bringing back packs of wild wolves to Scotland has been suggested as a natural solution for controlling increasing numbers of red deer, which are causing a major over-grazing problem in parts of the Highlands.

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Newly opened pontoon to improve access to tourist hotspot Balmaha

Newly opened pontoon to improve access to tourist hotspot Balmaha

The idyllic setting of Balmaha on the banks of Loch Lomond will be more accessible to visitors after a new pontoon built by a local business was formally opened.

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New figures show Scotland has hit its annual climate change targets for the third year running

Scotland hits climate target for third year in a row

Scotland’s emissions of greenhouse gases have fallen to nearly half the levels measured in 1990, according to a new report.

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A woman was left bleeding after she was divebombed by a seagull. Picture: Stock image

Pensioner left bleeding and in tears after seagull attack

A pensioner was taken to hospital bleeding and in tears after she was divebombed by a seagull.

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James Cant, director, BHF Scotland.

James Cant: And breathe – there’s an air of hope over pollution

Scotland has made great strides this year in cleaning up our act on the air that we breathe.

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Coal-fired energy generation ended with the closure of  Longannet power station in March 2016. Picture: Michael Gillen

Ilona Amos: Hitting climate goals should not lull us into complacency

The latest annual figures showing how Scotland is progressing towards its climate goals are due to be published today. The report will reveal the country’s net greenhouse gas emissions for 2016, the most recent full year’s statistics available.

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The mammoth bone was found on a beach at Loch Ryan

First woolly mammoth bone found in Scotland

The first woolly mammoth bone to be found in Scotland has been discovered by a marine worker who stumbled across it on a beach.

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The Musselburgh vending machine, which exchanges a bottle for a 10p voucher. Photograph: Alistair Linford

Scots supermarket installs reverse vending machine for plastic bottles

An Iceland store in Musselburgh has become the first supermarket in Scotland to install a reverse vending machine that will pay customers to return drinks bottles for recycling in a bid to cut the amount of plastic waste polluting the environment.

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