Tens of thousands of social housing properties in Scotland are failing to meet the government’s minimum standards for energy efficiency, new data has revealed.
Sewage spilled directly into Scotland’s rivers, lochs and seas at least 12,000 times in one year.
Scottish Water discharged sewage on over 500 occasions in one year into a Lothian river where people swim and fish.
An attempt by a fertiliser multinational to extend peat extraction in south-west Scotland has been unanimously rejected by a council on grounds it would contribute to climate change.
The UK Government has bought nearly 4,000 cubic metres of peat-based compost extracted from peatlands in Scotland, prompting criticism this “makes a mockery” of its climate policies.
A multinational fertiliser company has been accused of making “factually inaccurate” claims in support of its attempts to extend peat extraction in south west Scotland.
Two attempts to extend peat extraction in Scotland have either been withdrawn or rejected by planning authorities since they were revealed by The Ferret.
A public conservation body which has received millions of pounds of funding to restore Scotland’s peat bogs is allowing commercial peat extraction on its own land, The Ferret can reveal.
Plans to mine peat in South Lanarkshire are “not consistent” with the Scottish Government’s targets to cut carbon pollution, says a leading climate scientist.