ABOUT a fifth of Scotland's seas are now in Marine Protected Areas after action was taken to further safeguard species including seabirds, fish and a large clam that can live for centuries.
NUMBERS of insects and other invertebrates such as spiders, crustaceans and worms have nearly halved in 35 years as the human population has doubled, a study warns.
Highland Council has been accused of "utter contempt" for local people after it suppressed plans meant to protect the public from nuclear accidents.
Plans to cut dangerous levels of air pollution from traffic in Scotland have been delayed by five years, putting the UK and Scottish governments at risk of multi-million-pound fines for breaching environmental law.
Toxic air pollution from vehicle exhausts is worsening at five busy streets in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, according to the latest official monitoring.
THE south of Scotland could support more than twice the number of golden eagles currently thought to live there.
WOODPECKERS are causing a whole lot of trouble for telephone engineers by pecking holes in telegraph poles.
THE huge rise in the popularity of cycling has resulted in an extra seven million journeys being enjoyed on recognised pathways in a year.
THE number of single-use carrier bags handed out by UK retailers rose again last year to more than 8.3 billion.
A 250-square-mile haven has been established to save the Scottish wildcat from threatened extinction.
The UK will fail to meet its targets to cut greenhouse gases over the next decade without stronger and more ambitious policies, the Government's climate advisers have warned.
The Scottish wildcat is the UK's only remaining large mammal predator.
SCOTLAND'S most famous osprey reserve has fledged its 100th chick - 60 years after the magnificent birds returned.
PUFFINS will soon be returning to the open sea as their breeding season on an island comes to an end.
SCOTLAND's green watchdog is investigating warnings that construction waste may be being dumped under the upgraded M8 and M73 motorways outside Glasgow.
THE Ministry of Defence has confirmed plans to clean up radioactive particles at Dalgety Bay.