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The Great Wind Debate

4 wind farms proposed on the East coast of Scotland

In Scotland over the last few weeks there has been a fair amount of controversy over four wind farms due to be constructed on the East coast of Scotland. These wind farms were initially approved, then were put on hold after the RSPB appealed, but have now been cleared to proceed once again after a recent court ruling.

Wind farms threaten gannets

A new study from researchers at the universities of Exeter, Glasgow and Leeds has revealed that marine wind farms are doing more damage to gannets than previously thought. The study focused on solely gannets and based its conclusions upon the flying height of the… Continue Reading “Wind farms threaten gannets”

Endangered bats are crucial for crop success

A study, published in this month’s “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” journal, has shown that bats are extremely important for pest control. The study was conducted in the US and the authors conclude that, on corn alone, bats are worth about 1… Continue Reading “Endangered bats are crucial for crop success”

Burning the land and boiling the sea

Recently it was announced that licenses have been granted for underground coal gasification projects in the Firth of Forth along with 15 others in the UK. The laws surrounding both are different due to the Scottish Government having their own environmental policies. Essentially the… Continue Reading “Burning the land and boiling the sea”

Robots of the reef

Scientists plan to release a robot into the Great Barrier Reef to tackle a wave of destructive starfish, known as the Crown-of-thorns starfish. Researchers from Queensland University of Technology built a machine called the COTSbot (Crown-of-thorns robot) which actively seeks out the starfish autonomously.… Continue Reading “Robots of the reef”

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