Drone operators disturbing wildlife incur fines and jail time in Scotland


The number of cases in Scotland involving drone interference with animals on nature reserves has increased lately causing police and wildlife experts to become “increasingly concerned” for the welfare of the protected animals. Among the most intruded upon species are seals and several varieties of birds. While nature reserve managers and wildlife specialists are encouraging outsiders to watch and enjoy the nature and animals in the sanctuary, mounting numbers of injuries caused to the creatures as… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s most powerful wind turbine installed off the coast of Scotland

A record-breaking, world’s most powerful turbine was just installed of the Scotland coast. Developer Vattenfall announced this week that installation is complete on 11 turbines – two of which were upgraded to have a boosted capacity of 8.8MW – in Aberdeen bay. In total, the installation generates 93.2MW of energy, enough to power 70-percent of Aberdeen’s domestic needs.

Vattenfall said that nine 8.4MW turbines were installed off the coast, and two other turbines with an enhanced capacity of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BREAKING: Scotland bans fracking indefinitely

Go, Scotland! After hearing an overwhelming response from the public on the process of fracking, the country’s government put an “effective ban” on the controversial technique. Scotland’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, told MSPs that the practice “cannot and will not take place in Scotland.” Wheelhouse said there is little economic justification for fracking, and that the ban would deeply cut Scotland’s climate emissions.

Over 65,000 people showed up to the public consultation… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scotland to phase out new gas and diesel cars by 2032

We’ve recently seen a movement of governments banning new petrol and diesel cars – within the past year the Netherlands, France, and Britain have all proposed such moves – and now it appears Scotland is jumping on the emissions-free bandwagon. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently laid out the new Programme for Government, which includes a target of phasing out the need for the polluting vehicles by 2032. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Royal Navy Helicopter transformed into an amazing hotel room in Scotland

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A look at Old Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City, Scotland, UK

Old Aberdeen is an ancient town which now lies within the newer city of Aberdeen. Situated to the north of the city, the area known as Old Aberdeen is now home to the University of Aberdeen though the campus still welcomes visitors. Old Aberdeen is an absolute gem lying within the better known city of Aberdeen. The two were once totally separate entities and still have unique identities. Aberdeen is the modern sister while Old Aberdeen, like its name suggests, has preserved its heritage and is a definite must-see for visitors to Aberdeen. One of the oldest structures in Old Aberdeen is Brig O’ Balgownie or the bridge over the River Don. An ancient monument, the bridge was constructed in the 13th century and according to legend the work was finished by Robert the Bruce. However, the structure which you’ll see on your visit is largely the result of reconstruction in the mid 19th century. Heading up Don Street from the bridge brings you to Seaton Park, a beautiful green space which once surrounded Seaton House. Amongst the interesting features of the park here is Tillydrone Motte. Formerly thought to be the remains of a 12th century castle, archaeological excavation has revealed that this mound was created in the 2nd century. It has yet to be determined whether the structure was used as a defence or for burial. A short distance to the west is the late 16th century Benholm’s Lodge. A turreted town house, it was moved (stone by stone) to its present position in 1965 when