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Rob Edwards
Edinburgh, Scotland
I'm a freelance environmental journalist.
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from Sunday Herald, 7 February 2016 Two sporting estates are taking the government’s wildlife agency, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), to court after it said that birds of prey had been illegally killed or trapped on their land. Last week SNH named Raeshaw estate, south east of Edinburgh, and Burnfoot estate, west of Stirling, as sites where raptors protected under law such as peregrines, red kites and buzzards had been persecuted. Based on evidence from Police... Continue reading
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from Sunday Herald, 07 February 2016 Hen harriers have been virtually wiped out by sporting estates across northeast Scotland, according to a new scientific study. The number of breeding pairs in the Cairngorms National Park, Aberdeenshire and East Moray has plummeted from 28 in the 1990s to just one in 2014 because of “illegal persecution and grouse management practices”, nine experts from the Northeast Scotland Raptor Study Group have concluded. Their conclusions are backed by... Continue reading
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from Sunday Herald, 7 February 2016 Toxic pesticides blamed for harming bees are still being used across large swathes of farmland in Scotland, according to the latest government monitoring. Farmers have treated potatoes, wheat, barley and oats on more than 22,000 hectares of land with the three most dangerous nicotine-based chemicals known as neonicotinoids. The revelation has prompted wildlife groups to step up their campaign for Scottish ministers to ban the pesticides permanently to protect... Continue reading
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from Sunday Herald, 17 January 2016 Police in Scotland are investigating a threat of physical violence against a campaigner who is battling the American hard right in her bid to ban Donald Trump from the UK. Suzanne Kelly, a 54-year-old New Yorker who has made her home in Aberdeen, has complained to Police Scotland about an email warning her not to leave the UK and suggesting that she could end up picking cotton. Kelly started... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Rob Edwards
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from The National, 12 January 2016 Scotland's police force has been accused of harassing peace campaigners who followed a nuclear bomb convoy by road around Glasgow and Stirling on Saturday afternoon. An SNP MSP is to complain to the chief constable of Police Scotland after activists from the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (SCND) were pulled over near Stirling, and their car was subjected to a detailed roadworthiness check. Students filming the convoy from a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 10 January 2016 The record-breaking rainfall and devastating floods that have drenched Scotland over the last few weeks are the “new normal” – and they could force communities to abandon built-up areas and move to higher ground. Experts canvassed by the Sunday Herald warn that we will have to get used to more winters like this one, as climate pollution from vehicles and industry warms the globe and wreaks havoc with the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 10 January 2016 The safety regime at the Rosyth naval dockyard in Fife has been called into question after an emergency exercise failed to demonstrate adequate arrangements for rescuing casualties from an accident. The UK government’s nuclear safety watchdog has ordered Babcock, the multinational company that runs the dockyard for the Royal Navy, to rerun the exercise, codenamed Nightstar, in March because of mistakes made last September. An inspection by the Office... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 27 December 2015 Early in 2016, MPs at Westminster are due to take a momentous decision: whether or not to renew the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system. The trouble is, judging from what we’ve learnt in 2015, the decision has already effectively been made – and it will bring a host of problems in its wake. The House of Commons is expecting to vote in the next few months on what the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from The National, 15 December 2015 In his bid to become the next US president, Donald Trump has been accused of insulting Muslims and Mexicans, offending women and mocking the disabled. But now The National can reveal that he’s really done it: he has slightly upset Aberdeenshire Council. The council has ruled that two 24-metre flagpoles erected by the property billionaire at his luxury golf resort at Menie on the northeast coast have broken planning... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Rob Edwards
for Sunday Herald, 22 November 2015 The UK government failed to adequately protect Scotland from a Russia spy ship capable of monitoring and cutting vital underwater internet cables, an SNP MP has claimed. The SNP blames plans to spend £167 billion on replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system for depriving conventional defences of the money they need to ensure that the UK is kept safe. The defence minister, Penny Mordaunt, has revealed that a naval... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 20 December 2015 Radioactive waste from the Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria is contaminating shellfish hundreds of kilometres away on the west coast of Scotland, according to a new scientific study. Scottish researchers discovered traces of radioactive carbon discharged from Sellafield in the shells of mussels, cockles and winkles as far north as Port Appin in Argyll, 256 kilometres from the notorious nuclear plant. The findings are a “wake-up call” for anyone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 29 November 2015 Political parties, green campaigners, faith groups, trade unionists, students and an array of pantomime animals braved the biting wind and rain in Edinburgh yesterday to demand global action to cut the pollution that is causing climate chaos. Over 5,000 colourfully dressed protestors from across Scotland marched through the city from the Meadows to Princes Street Gardens in the bitter cold to a rally demanding “climate justice” from world leaders... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 29 November 2015 The Forestry Commission has sparked outrage by privately proposing to bar thousands of people from camping on roadsides across Scotland. The government agency, one of the country’s largest landowners, suggested “a blanket ban on camping within 400 metres of a public road” in an internal minute from 2014, just released under freedom of information law. According to countryside campaigners, such a widespread ban would undermine the “right to roam”... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 22 November 2015 A major international conference in Edinburgh this week aimed at conserving wildlife is facing protests for helping big companies “profit from greenwash”. The World Forum on Natural Capital to discuss how businesses can value and protect nature has run into fierce criticism from campaign groups in Scotland and India for hosting companies with controversial environmental records. Amongst those due to give a presentation is Mary Draves, a global director... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 15 November 2015 Cuts in climate pollution so far promised by countries around the world will fail to prevent floods, droughts, heatwaves and other catastrophic changes, according to the latest analysis by the United Nations (UN). Current commitments to reduce carbon emissions in the run-up to the crucial Paris climate summit at the end of the month are only about half of what’s needed to reduce the risk of disaster, creating a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 15 November 2015 Scottish ministers have come under fierce fire for planning to boost climate pollution by cutting one of the few taxes on flying. The government’s promise to halve and then abolish air passenger duty (APD) in Scotland would be “totally counterproductive” say leading environmentalists, who are pressing for the tax to stay. The SNP government wants to help the Scottish economy by cutting APD 50 per cent in April 2018... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Towards Zero, October 2015 It started with a sundried tomato loaf. When Tristram Stuart was 15 years old he bought some pigs, and started feeding them food that was being thrown away by local shops, a farm and his school in Sussex. “One morning when I was feeding my pigs I noticed a particularly tasty-looking sundried tomato loaf that used to crop up from time to time,” he recalled with relish. “I grabbed hold... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 25 October 2015 A radical new review by the government’s nature agency, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), has sparked warnings that Scotland is preparing to give up on its most precious wildlife areas in order to save money. Environmental groups are worried that protection of the country’s 1,800 nature conservation areas - and the multitude of invaluable animals, trees and plants they contain - will be diluted. This would be a mistake for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 25 October 2015 Juniper, one of Scotland’s most loved and treasured plants, is in serious decline and being killed off by a deadly new disease, according to a new survey. Observations reported by the conservation group, Plantlife Scotland, suggest that 79 per cent of juniper in 2014 was mature, old or dead. And as many as 63 per cent of bushes surveyed were found to have brown patches, a sign that they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 20 September 2015 The pension funds of half a million public sector workers in Scotland are investing a massive £1.7 billion into fossil fuel corporations, exposing them to financial risk if the so-called ‘carbon bubble’ bursts because of climate pollution. An investigation by environmental groups has revealed the huge and increasing sums of money local government pension schemes are pouring into coal, oil and gas companies - despite the dangers they pose... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 27 September 2015 Many thousands of people across Scotland are endangering their health by drinking dirty water from private supplies, according to a new report from a government watchdog. Tests in 2014 detected contamination by bacteria and metals in 4,400 samples from springs, wells, lochs and rivers used for drinking water. One bug known to cause illness, E coli, was detected in more than 500 supplies. The poor quality of water from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 20 September 2015 The official death toll from the toxic fumes that belch from vehicle exhausts has nearly doubled, suggesting that more than 3,500 people die every year from air pollution in Scotland. New figures from the UK government estimate for the first time the number of deaths blamed on nitrogen dioxide gas, as well as tiny sooty particles. Taken together these boost the number of annual deaths across the whole of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from Sunday Herald, 20 September 2015 Fishermen are facing fines of up to £10,000 or prosecution for illegally electrocuting a large number of razor clams after a night-time raid by Scottish Government inspectors. As enforcement officers from Marine Scotland approached a boat in the Sound of Jura in the early hours of 10 September, fishing gear was unceremoniously dumped overboard. It has since been recovered by divers and confiscated. According to the government, the razor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at Rob Edwards
Editorial from Sunday Herald, 20 September 2015 When Liz Ashton lived on a busy, polluted street in Edinburgh, she was worried about dying. “It frightens me that when I lived in the city centre I could have had a fatal asthma attack,” she said. She is just one of the many thousands of reasons why Scotland needs to get serious about air pollution. For years, the average levels of toxic fumes on dozens of urban... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at Rob Edwards
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from The National, 14 September 2015 Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park has been branded an “embarrassment to Scotland” after one of its leading members was forced to resign from the park board for failing to declare shares in a £200 million gold mining company. Owen McKee, who bought shares for £12,000 in the Australian company Scotgold after it was given permission to dig for gold at Cononish near Tyndrum in the park, has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Rob Edwards