City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: environment

Descendant's Emotional Visit To the Isle of May

The ancestor of the only survivor of a historic tragedy at the Isle of May lighthouse recently paid a visit to her family's home.

Edinburgh Becomes 100th Council To Sign Up To 10:10 Climate Change Campaign

Jenny Dawe, Council Leader, signs up to 10:10 campagin

The City of Edinburgh Council has become the 100th Council to sign up to the 10:10 Climate Change campaign. Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Dawe signed the pledge at 10:10am on Wednesday morning at Edinburgh City Chambers. It was 100th day of the 10:10 campaign.

Faster Trains Coming To Edinburgh-Glasgow Route

Waverley Train arrives

Rail journey times between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Shotts will be slashed by up to 33 minutes when a new winter timetable starts in ten days time.

Edinburgh Park Hoists Fifth Green Flag

Green Flag Ceremony at Pentland Hills Regional Park

Pentland Regional Park hoisted a Green Flag in a ceremony at Flotterstone Visitor Centre on Friday for the second consecutive year. The Green Flag Awards Scheme, which has run in Scotland since 1997, recognises urban green spaces using several criteria including how welcoming it is, maintenance and cleanliness, sustainability, conservation and heritage, community involvement and management.

Extreme Adventurers Appearing at Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival

EMFF - Timmy O'Neill

The 7th Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival returns to the Capital from 15-18 October, with controversial American climber Timmy O'Neill topping the bill. O'Neill, 40, hails from Boulder, Colorado and has made his name in the extreme climbing discipline of ‘buildering' which involves climbing city centre buildings and structures without a rope. ‘Slacklining' - walking along a rope strung between rock towers - is another of this extreme climber's favourite pastimes.

Edinburgh City Council Wins Environment Awards

Sighthill Recycling Centre

The City of Edinburgh Council has won two Green Apple Awards for environmental projects. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the House of Commons, Westminster on 17 November, when top winners will also have their chance to go to the next round and represent the UK in an event in Brussels - the European Business Awards for the Environment.

Report: High Speed Rail Offers Big Benefits to Edinburgh and Glasgow

Greenguage 21 Report

A new study outlines a vision of a UK High Speed Rail network that would cut journey times between Edinburgh and London to 2 hours 40 minutes.

Greengauge 21's "Fast Forward: A high-speed Rail Strategy for Britain" recommends a network of mainly new railways operating at up to 200mph

Origin of Ancient Rifle Found on Reserve Remains A Mystery

SNH's Andy Turner with ancient rifle

An old rifle discovered last year by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) staff on a north east nature reserve has just been identified as a French rifle from the 1800s. Staff from the National War Museum in Edinburgh have confirmed what it is, but the mystery still remains as to how it got there.

Council Contracts Private Rubbish Collectors As Strike Goes On

Holey Bin Bags, Edinburgh New Town

As of this morning (Monday 27 July), the City of Edinburgh Council has contracted an external company to collect the City's trade waste.

Have You Seen Rare Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia)?

Lesser Butterfly Orchid

Keen eyed walkers and modern technology are combining to help save a rare jewel of the Scottish landscape. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is asking people to join the hundreds from all over Scotland who have already submitted records over the internet for the lesser butterfly orchid, Platanthera bifolia. This beautiful wild orchid with creamy white flowers with a short flowering season in July has been reported from more than 260 sites over the past three years.

Edinburgh School Shortlisted For Green Award

An Edinburgh school has beaten off competition from around the United Kingdom to be shortlisted for a top energy award. Currie Community High School is the only Scottish entry to be recognised at the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy 2009.