City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: environment

Council Seeks Views on Park Use

Inverleith Park Reed Beds

Edinburgh City Council is seeking views from residents on the city's parks and open spaces as part of what it is calling "the most comprehensive look at greenspace in over 40 years."

Views are being sought on how residents of all ages view, use and access their open spaces across the city - from play parks to playing fields - with a view to setting priorities for change over the course of the next five years.

Fife Beaches Win Coveted Blue Flag Awards

Blue Flag winner: Aberdour Silver Sands Beach

Following on from the Marine Conservancy Society's recommendations for clean local beaches in its annual Good Beach Guide, Scottish ch

Fewer Local Beaches Recommended in Annual Survey

A local sailor at Longniddry

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has recommended 41 Scottish bathing beaches for excellent water quality in its annual Good Beach Guide. This is just over one third of the 109 tested and 3 less than it recommended last year.

Video: Critical Mass Cyclists on Cycling in Edinburgh

Edinburgh cyclists, outside the National Gallery, offer some quick tips on riding in the city, at the monthly Critical Mass ride on the last friday of May 2008.

Free Seed Packs at Scottish Biodiversity Week

Oak leaves

Free seed packs will be handed out at many of the events being held in and around Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife as part of Scottish Biodiversity Week. Thousands of easy-to-grow packs containing rocket, chives, coriander and lettuce seeds are expected to be distributed during the week which runs between 16-24 May. Events vary from Ranger-led walks through wildflower meadows to puffin-watching on an RSPB cruise down the Firth of Forth.

Mind Your Greens in Compost Awareness Week

Compost bin: price £8

Real Nappy Week just ended in Scotland on the 3rd May. We're now into Compost Awareness Week (3-9 May), the ninth of its kind, as part of an ongoing drive to get people to recycle organic waste from their garden and kitchen into compost.

Scottish Government Reiterates Stand Against Risky GM Food

Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham has re-affirmed the Scottish Government's stand against Genetically Modified food in an address to the fifth international conference on GM-free regions in Europe.

Government Releases Scottish Radon Risk Map

A new map, produced for the Scottish governement, has been released which shows areas of Scotland that have the highest levels of the naturally-occurring radioactive gas radon. The survey, based on tests of 19,000 Scottish dwellings, has been published to help homeowners identify whether they need to take any action.

Scotland Tops Dirty Beach Survey

Coastline from the Forth Rail Bridge

An annual survey by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has found that rubbish on British beaches has increased 110% since 1994, and beaches in Scotland are dirtiest of them all.

The (MCS) Beachwatch Survey found that on average there were 2,195 litter items per kilometre on British beaches compared to 1,045 items/km in 1994. The army of 5,219 volunteers across the U.K. found more plastics than ever in the survey, conducted over the weekend of 20th and 21st September 2008.

Donald Trump Wins Stupid Award

Donald Trump and the European Emissions Trading Scheme have come out tops in the inaugural Stupid Awards, beating a shortlist of "some of the most notorious climate-trashers" in Scotland, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, budget airline Ryan Air and the Scottish Government.

Crowd-Funded Movie To Challenge Climate Change Response

Age of Stupid - Pete Postlethwaite

A futuristic feature film about climate change, that was funded by selling shares to myriad independent groups and individuals, is coming to the Filmhouse in March for a week on its opening run.