Warning over increased avalanche risk after snow and wind

Strong winds and snow have increased the risk of avalanches on Scotland’s mountains, experts have warned.


Shocking reasons people give up their dogs revealed

Pet charity Dogs Trust have revealed the shocking real reasons people give up dogs as they prepare for the post-Christmas influx of unwanted dogs.

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The Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI) in Chitambo, Zambia

May East: Youth leading the way in growing income for Zambia’s poorest

Agriculture is the lifeblood of Zambia’s rich resource-based economy, contributing significantly to employment, economic growth, exports, poverty reduction, food security and ­nutrition. Agriculture also plays a critical role in ensuring sustainable use of natural resources.

Dog hunting crimes have risen sharply in Scotland.

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‘.


Heavy snow and 75mph winds forecast for Scotland

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

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.

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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