City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: environment

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.

Council Warns On Burning Wood and Coal Fires

A recent rise in the number of people burning wood and coal to heat their homes
has led the City of Edinburgh Council to issue a stern reminder to residents: Edinburgh is a Smoke Control Area and burning coal or wood could incur a fine of £1,000.

Edinburgh Ecological Data Centre Gets Cash Boost

A Scottish Otter

A small office at Vogrie Country Park in Midlothian is taking on a larger role in helping to safeguard biodiversity in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The Lothian Wildlife Information Centre has been given a grant of £42,000 by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to help fund its work over the next three years.

Climate Change Bill Heralds Greener Scotland

Scottish Minister of the Environment Michael Russell does his bit for climate change

The Scottish Government published its Climate Change Bill yesterday. The Bill lays out a legal framework for ambitious reductions of Scottish greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of 80% below 1990 levels* by 2050.

SNH Trumpets Bigger Bog at Blawhorn Moss

School children at Blawhorn Moss bog

Celebrations took place yesterday on one of the largest and best examples of lowland raised peat bogs in the Lothians to mark its re-declaration as a National Nature Reserve (NNR). The 110 hectare Blawhorn Moss is owned by Scottish Natural Heritage and the organisation is keen for people to visit this internationally recognised reserve.

Moray Firth Dolphin Ventures South

One of the Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins has been positively identified, using photographs of her fin, for the first time off the North Berwick coast.

Video: Innocent Railway Tunnel in Edinburgh

The Innocent Railway Tunnel is a huge tunnel that passes along the edge of Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. Formerly used to haul coal uphill by train it now forms part of the Innocent cycleway.

Edinburgh Dubbed Top City for Sustainability

Sighthill Recycling Centre

Edinburgh has been praised for its green credentials in a round-up of the world's most sustainable cities.