The Scottish Government has admitted its target to restore peatlands has been missed for the fifth year running.
An area of peatlands restored last year by the Scottish Government is nearly one third lower than it publicly claimed, new data has revealed.
A multinational which extracts peat from a site in Dumfries and Galloway has allegedly breached planning permission, according to local authority documents.
Anti-nuclear campaigners have accused organisations supporting plans for a nuclear fusion plant in North Ayrshire of having promoted the project with “half truths” and warned it would be “dangerous” for the environment.
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.
Plans to prolong the mining of peat at two sites in Dumfries and Galloway have alarmed environmental groups, who want a ban to protect the climate.
A decision to allow the extraction of tens of thousands of tonnes of peat every year from a site in the Highlands has been labelled “incredibly disappointing” by environmental groups.
Scottish ministers have been accused of rewriting the rules and weakening legal protection for precious wildlife sites to pave the way for a controversial golf development on the north east coast.
Pollution from vehicle exhausts is “devastating” the fragile wild plants that cling to the artic summits of Scotland’s highest mountains, say conservationists.