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David Attenborough sees ‘signs of hope’ for the environment

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Sir David Attenborough, 91, was speaking at the Edinburgh TV festival. Photograph: Alicia Canter/the Guardian

Broadcaster says he is more optimistic about the future of the planet after a global shift in attitudes to the natural world

August 24, 2017 — Sir David Attenborough has said he is more encouraged about the future health of Earth than he has been for some time after a “worldwide shift” in attitudes about concern for Continue reading David Attenborough sees ‘signs of hope’ for the environment

RSPB loses legal fight against £2bn offshore windfarm in Scotland

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The windfarm will have up to 64 turbines and will be capable of powering 325,000 homes. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Neart na Gaoithe project on east coast likely to go ahead after long-running court battle despite claim it threatens seabirds

July 19, 2017 — A £2bn offshore windfarm in Scotland looks set to go ahead after the RSPB lost a long-running legal challenge against the plans, which the conservationists said threatened puffins, gannets and kittiwakes. Continue reading RSPB loses legal fight against £2bn offshore windfarm in Scotland

Scotland sets ambitious goal of 66% emissions cut within 15 years

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Scotland’s new strategy calls for a totally carbon-free electricity sector by 2032. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

Holyrood ministers aim higher after hitting target of 42% cut by 2020 six years early, but say Brexit poses challenge

January 19, 2017 — Scotland is seeking to dramatically cut its reliance on fossil fuels for cars, energy and homes after setting a radical target to cut total climate emissions by 66% within 15 years.  Continue reading Scotland sets ambitious goal of 66% emissions cut within 15 years

UK climate targets at risk without government support for windfarms

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The Ardrossan windfarm in Scotland. The government will end existing subsidies for new onshore windfarms from April 2017. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Government should restore subsidies for onshore wind power as a cost-effective way of reducing the country’s emissions, says head of ScottishPower

November 3, 2016 — The UK’s climate targets are at risk if the government does not reverse its decision to end support for windfarms, the head of one of the Big Six energy companies has warned.  Continue reading UK climate targets at risk without government support for windfarms

Scotland is leading the UK on emissions cuts

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Scotland has embraced renewable energy (Pic: Flickr/ms.akr)

Scotland is well ahead of its 2020 carbon target but more policies will be needed to sustain progress, say government advisers

September 13, 2016 — Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 8.6% in 2014, to almost 40% below 1990 levels.  Continue reading Scotland is leading the UK on emissions cuts

World’s first large-scale tidal energy farm launches in Scotland

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The Edinburgh-based Atlantis Resources hopes the project will eventually have 269 turbines and provide enough electricity to power 175,000 homes. Photograph: Mike Brookes Roper/PA

MeyGen tidal stream project leads the way in tackling climate change and providing jobs, says Nicola Sturgeon

September 12, 2016 — The launch of the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm in Scotland has been hailed as a significant moment for the renewable energy sector.  Continue reading World’s first large-scale tidal energy farm launches in Scotland

Scotland urged to adopt more ambitious carbon emissions target

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An electricity pylon at Sherrifmuir near Dunblane, with the Braes of Doune windfarm in the background. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA
UK Committee on Climate Change says Holyrood should aim to reduce greenhouse gases by 61% over next 14 years

March 16, 2016 — Scottish ministers should aim to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by a challenging but achievable 61% by 2030, an influential advisory committee has recommended.

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