Eco Savvy news

All round the island the Eco Savvy Village Hubs are getting up and running; Lochranza, Pirnmill, Corrie, Kilmory, Lamlash and others. Here are the details of Kilmory: The Kilmory Eco Savvy Hub has new regular opening hours. It will be open on Mondays and Fridays from 12-3pm in the main hall at Kilmory Haven. Do …

Folk for Roots

The Roots of Arran Community Woodland group held their AGM on the 15th July at The Altachorvie, followed by a musical evening hosted by Keith Robertson. An appreciative crowd listened to (and joined in with) many local musicians performing songs both traditional and modern, and the whole evening was a grand celebration of this fine …

Best ways to cut climate change are overlooked

Governments and schools are failing to help people to recognise the best ways to cut climate change, researchers say. by Alex Kirby Teachers and policymakers are missing a golden opportunity to show people the best ways to cut climate change and reduce their carbon footprint, a study says. It identifies four ways of behaving that …

Cruise ships can emit as much particulate matter as a million cars every day

Cruise ships can emit as much particulate matter as a million cars every day and the air quality on deck can be as bad as the world’s most polluted cities, according to a new investigation. An undercover investigation by the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 television station has revealed the shocking levels of pollution found on …

The cost of Scottish Marine Protected Areas, a year down the line

Phil Taylor is campaigns manager at Open Seas. Following on from Stephen Brown’s article above, readers of the Voice may be interested to see the results of research conducted by Phil Taylor of Open Seas. The full article can be found here but the conclusion is that “across the majority of ports studied, the establishment …

North Sea Cod recovering from overfishing

from John Kinsman, Coastwatch St Monans Sustainably sourced North Sea cod is back on the menu after the Marine Stewardship Council said stocks had recovered from overfishing. Cod levels fell from 270,000 tonnes in the 1970’s to 36,000 tonnes on 2006. Laws on quotas, modified equipment and closing spawning areas to fishing have helped stocks …

The south Arran MPA – more than hatchings on a map

by Stephen Brown, Kildonan I have been a supporter of COAST for a number of years as a holidaymaker to the island. Having moved to the island recently the Marine Protected Area (MPA) moved from being an abstract concept with some intangible environmental objective, to the practical application of zoning fisheries activities to protect habitats …