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Calum Duncan: Life on the ocean wave needs to be protected now for future generations

From the air we breathe to the food we eat, Scotland needs seas full of life. Yet they are struggling. With the tide of ocean plastics awareness, resistance to mechanically stripping ­pristine kelp forests, community monitoring of scallop dredge damage in Loch Carron, Firth of Lorn and Loch Gairloch and a growing consensus for overhauling aquaculture, more and more people realise this.

Whitesands in Dumfries experiences regular flooding ' but such events could be come more frequent as sea levels rise if more action is not taken over carbon emissions, where local organisations are taking a lead

Graeme Dickson: The fight against global warming is everyone’s – and you can make a change

Climate change has been very much in the news of late. In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a special report that made headlines around the world. It set out the dangers to our planet from allowing average global temperature to rise by more than 1.5C. This week, all eyes are on Poland where world representatives are meeting at the United Nations climate talks (COP24).

ScotRail trains at Edinburgh's Waverley Station (Picture: Jane Barlow)

‘Why it’s wrong to refuse to employ staff who travel by train’

A phenomenon of modern life is that people commute further to work than previously. This is now expected – indeed a requirement of receiving JobSeekers Allowance is that one must be prepared to travel 90 minutes each way by public transport, writes Jane Ann Liston, secretary of the RailFuture Scotland campaign group.

The Scottish Braille Press employs 103 people ' but there are may obstacles  for blind and partially-sighted people in finding a job, even though companies can benefit from support to employ them

Companies should open their eyes to the benefits of employing disabled

Employment is fundamental to quality of life. Many of us spend much time and energy on our careers, applying for jobs, looking to the next career move or worrying about job security. Political debate is all about ­promoting job opportunities and driving down unemployment. How difficult would life be for you if you couldn’t find work? How would you pay the bills?

Sawyer, a collaborative robot which works alongside people to reduce safety risks, practices at CSIC's Innovation Factory. Picture: Andy Buchanan

Comment: Construction can build on joint venture working

Collaborative working seems like a no-brainer – it helps organisations improve efficiency, productivity and by extension, profitability. It also encourages the transfer of knowledge and innovation. Problems are solved more easily because there’s a wider field of expertise to draw from.

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