Strict new rules should be brought in to curb the damage done by deer to the natural environment, according to a major report to the Scottish Government.
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.
The Scottish Government has quietly halved funding for communities tackling climate pollution, depriving 43 local projects of grants and putting people out of work.
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.
Busy streets in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee are being polluted by exhaust fumes in breach of legal safety limits introduced in 2010, according to the latest government monitoring.
A ban on the mechanical harvesting of kelp around Scotland's coast is to be backed by the Scottish Government, putting a company's controversial plans at risk.
Scottish Government minister Michael Russell said such hunting should be "stopped immediately".
Bid by Scottish Government to end arguments over fish farms harming wild salmon dismissed as public relations stunt by campaigners.
Scotland is failing to meet international targets to prevent wildlife from becoming extinct, according to the latest assessment for the Scottish Government.