ReFLEX Orkney has today, 22nd April, launched a new Orkney carbon calculator to help islanders evaluate their carbon footprint and provide recommendations and support to reduce it.
A chain of nature-rich hotspots bringing together a diverse group of estates, farms, crofts and community-owned land is to be created across Scotland with a new rewilding network launched by charity SCOTLAND: The Big Picture.
The asteroid impact that ended the reign of dinosaurs 66 million years ago also caused 45% of plants in what is now Colombia to go extinct, and it made way for the reign of flowering plants in modern tropical rainforests.
Sheep have been removed from the fields, and after a fallow year this land will be linked to the woods and beaver wetlands to form a single rewilding zone – the first of its kind in Scotland.
“I’m reading ‘Galapagos’ by Kurt Vonnegut again – first read over 40 years ago. At times when madness surrounds me – I turn to Mr Vonnegut – his sanity and humanity.”
“When we erode biodiversity, we favour species that are more likely to be zoonotic hosts, increasing our risk of spillover events.”
People living in Scotland’s vulnerable coastal areas – including Orkney – are being given one last chance to contribute to an upcoming exhibition that addresses key environmental concerns.
“An “Ocean Tricorder” – like the science-fiction tricorder of the Star Trek universe that can quickly assess properties of interest in real-time – would allow us to record all lifeforms in a specific part of an ocean at the push of a button.”
The House Sparrow continued in its top spot in Scotland in the 2021 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
“75% of Earth’s ice-free land is directly altered as a result of human activity, with nearly 90% of terrestrial net primary production and 80% of global tree cover under direct human influence.”