Welcome improvements to Scotland’s EU exit laws, but bill must go further for nature

MSPs received more than 17,000 emails calling for a strong, independent Scottish environment watchdog. On 24th and 25th November, MSPs voted to make important improvements to the Scottish government’s EU Continuity Bill, including strengthening the independence of the new watchdog. But as it stands, the watchdog still won’t be able to take action on individual …

The Long Read – Soya and the Cerrado

Soya and it’s relationship to Brazil’s Cerrado Destruction  A report by Sally Campbell Rachel Carson in 1962 in Silent Spring wrote… “The history of life on earth has become the history of interactions between living things and their surroundings…Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species. man.. acquired sufficient …

Infected larch trees on Arran to be cleared

Voice readers on Arran will be aware about the imminent felling of larch trees on the island. For those non Arran readers who may not be, here is a report from Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) explaining the situation. It also suggests ways we can help slow the spread of the Phytophthora disease.  Residents on …

What ‘Walden’ can tell us about social distancing and focusing on life’s essentials

By Robert M. Thorson, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut, first published March 26, 2020 in The Conversation Seeking to bend the coronavirus curve, governors and mayors have told millions of Americans to stay home. If you’re pondering what to read, it’s easy to find lists featuring books about disease outbreaks, solitude and living a …

Words shape how we think about the environment

By Katie Jones first published at Curious.earth October 1, 2020 I’m a copywriter. It’s my job to overthink words. But when it comes to talking about the environment, it’s hard. Sustainability has got to be one of the most overused words of recent years, but it’s often misused as there aren’t suitable alternatives. Still, when …

The Long Read

The Long Read by Sally Campbell Science, Environmental Advocacy and Politics in 2020 I have found it increasingly difficult to listen to Donald Trump and other politicians as they spread what I know is false news, or half-truths to suit their political agenda or ego about just about everything. And in the UK, debates about …

Arran Arboretum, let the trees continue the clapping!

In this article Mhairi Aileen Smeir, tells us about plans for an Arran Arboretum and ways you can get involved. Many of you may remember the launch of The Isle of Arran’s first U3A group on January the 28th 2020 in Brodick Church hall which was so busy folk had to sit in the balcony. …

Is it time to stop climbing mountains? Obsession with reaching summits is a modern invention

By Dawn Hollis, published in The Conversation, 21st August 2020. Dawn Hollis is a Research Fellow, School of Classics, University of St Andrews. Featured image: Engraving from John Chardin’s Travels into Persia and the East Indies, 1686, showing Mount Ararat, Turkey As a historian of mountains in Europe, I have been struck by the environmental …

Plan to run Hunterston’s cracked reactors for another year

By Rob Edwards, writing for The Ferret originally published on 27th August 2020 The energy company, EDF, is planning to operate a cracked and ageing nuclear power station at Hunterston in North Ayrshire for another year before closing it down for good. The company is hoping to restart the two 44-year-old reactors at the site …

Trust in the Balance

Trust in the Balance A firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. ‘relations have to be built on trust’ Over the past months in lockdown Arran resident islanders have grown in their trust of their relationships in our community. At least that is what it feels like: Everyone has helped, …