Aldi to Trial Plastic-Free Veg at Its Stores in England

Aldi is extending a trial to eliminate the use of plastic packaging for some fresh vegetables at its stores in England. The supermarket started selling five loose fresh produce, including savoy cabbage, white and red cabbage, pointed cabbage and cauliflower, without plastic wrapping in Scotland earlier this year. It says …

Scotland Smashes Tree Planting Targets

Scotland’s national tree planting targets have been “smashed”. The nation’s Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, said new planting was undertaken across 11,200 hectares in 2018, significantly surpassing the 10,000 hectare annual target. The previous year, just 7,100 hectares of new trees were planted. In his announcement, he stressed that tree …

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Extreme Weather Leaves Scottish Farmers with £161m Bill

Extreme weather during 2017 and 2018 left Scottish farmers with a £161 million bill. That’s according to a new report published today by independent economic consultancy Ecosulis and commissioned by WWF Scotland. The report notes shows the severe weather negatively affected livestock and crop yields and warns extreme events are …

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Scottish Chickens Cooperate to Generate Eggcellent Amount of Energy

Chickens at a farm in Scotland are now generating their own heat and power. More than 128,000 hens at the Glenhead of Aldouran Farm in Stranraer are not only producing thousands of eggs but also creating enough manure to provide a reliable energy feedstock for the farm. This innovative approach, …

World’s Largest Wind Turbine to Test Its Wings in Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s skyline will soon feature the world’s largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine. GE Renewable Energy announced on Wednesday it will install the first 12-megawatt Haliade-X prototype in the Dutch city this summer. Although it’s an offshore wind turbine by design, the prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate …

Scotland Considers Continental Wildcats to Save Native Species from Extinction

Releasing ‘pure’ animals could counter interbreeding with domestic cats, experts say. Conservationists could release wildcats captured from other European countries in the Scottish Highlands in a final effort to protect Scotland’s population from extinction. Recent genetic testing by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland of 276 Scottish wildcat samples found those …

Glasgow Unveils Plans to Become Scotland’s First Circular City

Glasgow City Council has announced its ambitious plan become the first circular city in Scotland. Its Circular Economy Route Map will focus on cutting food waste and engage with universities and colleges to embed circular design principles in textile design courses to reduce and reuse waste. It has also set …