Edinburgh News: environment
‘Four stars?!’ I hear you cry? I nearly gave it five.
Edinburgh’s parks and green spaces have earned twenty awards in this year’s Green Flag national competition.
I have to confess, whilst I’ve always been a huge fan of Pixar, I was never a fan of the original Cars. I only watched the first half before switching it off, having become utterly bored and unimpressed, a rare low I felt for a Pixar production.
One of the side-effects of this unusually dreich Edinburgh Summer, is that there have been fewer people meandering around Edinburgh's parks. Take Castlehill garden: I was walking in this rough, unkempt hillscape, smack in the middle of the city under Edinburgh Castle, a couple of evenings ago. The only sign of life, apart from the distant hum of buses on Princes Street, were a few rabbits munching in the undergrowth.
Anyone walking or cycling along the Water of Leith Walkway should notice some big differences following a series of upgrades to the path. The popular green corridor which snakes the 13 miles of the river from the Pentland Hills to the port at Leith, sees an estimated 120,000 people tramping and riding along it each year.
The end of the road is still some way off, but after several hours of debate late into the evening on Thursday, at 11.15pm the Edinburgh Trams turned a corner. The Liberal Democrat dominated Edinburgh City Council voted to continue building the Edinburgh tramline into Edinburgh City Centre.
With the crucial Council meeting tomorrow (Thursday 30th June) on Edinburgh's Trams the members of the Council are still in the utterly ridiculous situation where they are being denied the facts on which to make a decision concerning what is probably the most complex engineering project in the United Kingdom at this time. Unless they sign a confidentiality agreement they are barred from seeing the figures behind the recommendations - and these figures are so distorted that they have provoked an outcry right across the city.
Following the outcry over the anticipated cost overruns for the crisis hit Edinburgh trams project, Alex Salmond today in first minister's question time called a public inquiry into the project "an excellent thing to do". Salmond and the SNP did not support the trams from the start, and have kept their distance from the project and its ongoing woes, saying it should be dealt with by Edinburgh City Council.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival is saving a few watts of energy at a series of bicycle powered film screenings this week. I say "bike powered" but you could as easily say it's "whisky powered" as the event - in a rare combination of a form of transport and alcohol - is being sponsored by Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky.
Johnstone Terrace Garden, a tiny nature reserve just 50 metres below Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, is holding a one-off open day this Saturday.
Leave it to the wonks at DEFRA to come up with an answer to one of life's imponderables: what is the true value of nature? The short answer, outlined in a new report entitled the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, is that "nature is worth billions of pounds to the UK economy."
Bathing season may have arrived late this year, but with hotter weeks expected, now is the time to consider what beaches to head for.
The Scotland Food & Drink Theatre at the Royal Highland Show will stage nine demonstration sessions daily over the four days of the show this year. The theme of the food and drink industry showcase, which is under the supervision of writer-broadcaster Wendy Barrie, is “A Celebration of Scotland”.
Hip hop and breakdance may have its roots in the city, but a small experiment this past weekend took it into new territory with a performance at a highland loch. Artists from a young music group from Muirhouse in Edinburgh and a touring Ugandan breakdance group, Tabu Flo, combined for a dance workshop at the Loch Leven national nature reserve.
Graham Birse, that well known pro-tram deputy chief executive of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce continues to say he wants to have more public money poured into the bottomless pit that is the Edi
Motorists are being told to watch out for young deer straying across the motorway while driving in the Central Belt. Government agency Scottish Natural Heritage says deer-vehicle collisions often peak in late April to mid-May, as juvenile deer are out on their own for the first time.
Being a port city Edinburgh has a thriving inland gull population. Gulls, and other urban foragers such as dogs, cats, foxes, and crows, often tear through thin rubbish bag-liners left for collection on city pavements in search of food scraps. Not only does food end up on the pavement but, with Edinburgh being a windy city, the rubbish is easily dispersed throughout the surrounding street.