Scotland has failed to meet a ten-year-old target to prevent damage to precious marine wildlife, according to a leaked Scottish Government report.
As many as 30 beaches across Scotland have been polluted in breach of sewage safety limits so far this summer, according to official monitoring.
Marine conservation areas have failed to protect wildlife from the fishing industry, according to a study by Scottish Government scientists.
Ten popular bathing waters around the southern Scottish coastline are so badly contaminated with human and animal faeces that they are a danger to public health.
Scotland is failing to meet international targets to prevent wildlife from becoming extinct, according to the latest assessment for the Scottish Government.
Mounting evidence on plastic wastes contaminating beaches, polluting the oceans and harming wildlife is putting pressure on industry.
An intelligence network aimed at helping hundreds of fishermen avoid getting caught fishing illegally has been condemned as “blatant piracy”.
The UK coastguard agency has been accused of a pollution “cover-up” over the oil rig that ran aground in northwest Scotland last month.
The oil multinational whose rig ran aground on the island of Lewis was implicated in one of the world’s worst environmental disasters and has suffered leaks in the North Sea.