A MASS extinction which wiped out more than 90 per cent of prehistoric marine species and two thirds of animals living on land was triggered by chemical changes in the ocean brought about by massive volcanic eruptions, a new study suggests.
The billionaire property tycoon and would-be US presidential candidate Donald Trump has been accused of seeking to subvert the planning process in Aberdeenshire with a rash of new applications for houses, holiday lets and a second golf course.
Scottish ministers have been accused of "foot-dragging" after it emerged that the promised public consultation on fracking has been delayed until the autumn, pushing the outcome beyond the Scottish election in 2016.
Creating more national parks would not only help protect Scotland's natural heritage, but would also be a cost-effective means of providing a major economic boost to fragile rural areas, new research has found.
Highland Councillors have unanimously backed plans for a 14-turbine windfarm on the island of Skye, despite the site earmarked being near the area of the world famous Cuillin Ridge and its resident golden eagles.