Formal monitoring of Scotland’s most precious wildlife by the Scottish Government’s nature agency has been slashed more than fivefold over the last decade.
The number of annual inspections of sites regulated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency fell by a quarter over the last five years, prompting concerns about pollution.
Scottish ministers have rejected calls for a watertight legal ban on fracking, promising instead that they would use planning policy to block the technology indefinitely.
The Scottish Government must outlaw fracking to protect human health and prevent climate pollution, according to one of Scotland’s leading environmental lawyers.
The Scottish Government has extended a licence for fracking across the central belt by the Grangemouth company, Ineos - but insisted it is still opposed to fracking.
The Scottish Government is set to announce a ban on fracking, ending six years of fierce controversy.
The Duke of Buccleuch's plan to build a wind farm in southwest Scotland is facing fierce opposition from residents and politicians.
The Scottish Government has been accused of intervening to block a ban on a toxic pesticide after pressure from the fish farming industry.
Loud noises produced by the fracking industry could cause sleep deprivation, stress and heart disease in surrounding communities.