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Renewable Energy is Outpacing Nuclear as Scotland’s Top Power Source in 2014

Renewable Energy is Outpacing Nuclear as Scotland’s Top Power Source in 2014

For the first time in Scotland’s history, renewables outpaced other power sources to become the country's largest source of energy for the first half of 2014. An analysis done by the Scottish Renewables

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Wind Power Generated 126% of Scotland’s Household Energy Needs Last Month

Wind Power Generated 126% of Scotland’s Household Energy Needs Last Month

According to new statistics released by the World Wildlife Fund Scotland, Scottish renewable energy had a "bumper month" in October, 2014, with wind power alone generating an estimated 982,842 MWh of

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Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

The timber-framed Turf House was commissioned by an ambitious couple set on building a low-energy eco-home and was completed for approximately $337,000 USD, including the cost of the land ($64,000 USD).

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Architecture Students Build Tiny Mirrored Lookout That Blends Seamlessly into the Scottish Landscape

Architecture Students Build Tiny Mirrored Lookout That Blends Seamlessly into the Scottish Landscape

Built by hand, the Lookout consists of a timber frame structure that was fabricated offsite and then trucked into the National Park. Once on site, Ritchie and Tyler installed sheets of mirrored stainless

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Rewilding Britain: We Tour the Spectacular Scottish Highlands with Alladale Wilderness Reserve (PHOTOS)

Rewilding Britain: We Tour the Spectacular Scottish Highlands with Alladale Wilderness Reserve (PHOTOS)

Since purchasing the 23,000 acre estate 10 years ago, Lister has made Alladale an ecological testing ground, replanting over 800,000 indigenous trees, reintroducing red squirrels, managing local red deer

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SSE Hydro: Foster + Partners Unveil a Translucent, Energy-Efficient Music Venue for Scotland

SSE Hydro: Foster + Partners Unveil a Translucent, Energy-Efficient Music Venue for Scotland

Foster + Partners just unveiled their latest achievement: the SSE Hydro. It's not a dam or a submarine - It's Scotland’s largest purpose-built public event arena, and it will see some of the world's

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Scotland to Ban Petrol and Diesel Cars from City Centers by 2050

Scotland to Ban Petrol and Diesel Cars from City Centers by 2050

Ilia Torlin / Shutterstock.com The Scottish government just unveiled plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from the nation's city centers. With incentives planned to boost ownership of electric and

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Scotland Approves Europe’s Largest Tidal Energy Project

Scotland Approves Europe’s Largest Tidal Energy Project

The government of Scotland just gave the green light to develop Europe's largest tidal energy project and the first commercial tidal turbine array in Scottish waters. MayGen Ltd. was awarded the 86

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Kengo Kuma’s Boat-Shaped V&A at Dundee Museum Gets Green Light for Construction

Kengo Kuma’s Boat-Shaped V&A at Dundee Museum Gets Green Light for Construction

Kengo Kuma won a competition to design the V&A at Dundee in Scotland back in 2010, but the architect's original plan for a boat-shaped building cantilevered over the water turned out to be too costly, so

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Artist James Turrell is Transforming an Extinct Volcano Into a Naked Eye Observatory

Artist James Turrell is Transforming an Extinct Volcano Into a Naked Eye Observatory

"I am making spaces that will engage celestial events," Turrell explains of his work. He sees his efforts at Roden Crater as belonging to a tradition that spans the breadth of human history; one that

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Could Power 1 Million Homes in Scotland

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Could Power 1 Million Homes in Scotland

The title of 'world's largest offshore wind farm' has been batted about many times in the past few years - from the 100-turbine Thanet Wind Farm in the North Sea to the 175-turbine London Array. However

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Tiny Timber Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts in an Ancient Scottish Landscape

Tiny Timber Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts in an Ancient Scottish Landscape

In addition to its small footprint of 70 square meters, the small timber house on the western side of the Isle of Skye in Scotland makes optimum use of natural light and ventilation in order to keep its

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Loch Ness Glamping Provides Cozy Eco Camping Pods for Monster Watching & Outdoor Adventure

Loch Ness Glamping Provides Cozy Eco Camping Pods for Monster Watching & Outdoor Adventure

Loch Ness Glamping is run by Sonia and Graham who also run the adjacent Great Glen B&B in a converted farmhouse. The camping style accommodations are offered up at hostel prices, but provide a bit

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Offshore Tiree Wind Farm Paused to Protect Birds and Marine Life in Scotland

Offshore Tiree Wind Farm Paused to Protect Birds and Marine Life in Scotland

ScottishPower Renewables has announced plans to temporarily halt progress on the Tiree Wind Farm off the coast of Scotland. Designed as a 361 square kilometer site 5km off the coast of the most westerly

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BuckleyGrayYeoman Livens Up a Historic Building in Scotland with a Shipping Container Addition

BuckleyGrayYeoman Livens Up a Historic Building in Scotland with a Shipping Container Addition

BuckleyGrayYeoman battled the challenge of designing the restaurant in a Grade II listed Victorian building in conjunction with the 1920s warehouse at its rear. The warehouse allowed for the restaurant to

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Bird-Friendly Saphonian Wind Turbine Ditches Blades for a More Efficient, Less Expensive Design

Bird-Friendly Saphonian Wind Turbine Ditches Blades for a More Efficient, Less Expensive Design

Renewable energy technology just got a much needed breath of fresh air. During the TEDGlobal 2012 Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland the head of the Tunisian company Saphon Energy introduced a radical

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

The Aberdeen University New Library, now know as the Sir Duncan Rice Library, houses over a quarter of a million books and manuscripts inside it's shimmering cubic volume. Located on the west side of

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World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

Baca Architects and ZM Architecture have teamed up with Floating Concepts to design what has been dubbed the world's first "floating leisure village" at Canting Docks in Glasgow. The Scottish city—in

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UK Blogger Kevin Langan Challenges Himself to Build 100 Huts Exclusively From Natural Materials

UK Blogger Kevin Langan Challenges Himself to Build 100 Huts Exclusively From Natural Materials

Kevin Langan is not fully content with his warm, central-heated family home in Glasgow, Scotland.  To reconnect with nature and test his comfort level, he has decided to fashion 100 huts from natural

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Coralbots: Swarms of Coral-Repairing Robots Could Save Scotland’s Reefs

Coralbots: Swarms of Coral-Repairing Robots Could Save Scotland’s Reefs

A team of researchers at Heriot-Watt University is developing a swarm of intelligent robots that are designed to help save coral reefs around the world, starting with reefs in Scotland. The robots,

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Four UK Wave and Tidal Companies Compete For Scotland’s £10m Saltire Prize

Four UK Wave and Tidal Companies Compete For Scotland’s £10m Saltire Prize

With some of the strongest tidal currents and most powerful waves in the world just off the coast, it is no wonder that Scotland is looking to develop wave and tidal power. As such, two tidal energy and

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Scotland to Build World’s First Community-Owned Tidal Turbine

Scotland to Build World’s First Community-Owned Tidal Turbine

As a country, Scotland has some of the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the world - the entire nation is working to be completely independent of fossil fuels in the next decade, and has

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£60,000 Is Needed To Restore Scotland’s “Harry Potter” Steall Gorge Path!

£60,000 Is Needed To Restore Scotland’s “Harry Potter” Steall Gorge Path!

At the foot of Ben Nevis in Scotland is a mile-long, rocky, winding track that has attracted thousands of hikers, ramblers and even film crews. The classic Steall Gorge Footpath in Glen Nevis, near Fort

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Biomorphis Unveils Plans for a Green Timber Bridge to Inspire Bicycling and Biodiversity in Edinburgh

Biomorphis Unveils Plans for a Green Timber Bridge to Inspire Bicycling and Biodiversity in Edinburgh

Like many cities in the United Kingdom (and the world at large), Edinburgh suffers from congestion and dependence on fossil fuels. Biomorphis sees a potential solution for the city’s infrastructure woes

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Historic Stone-Walled Mill Transformed Into Sprawling Home in Scotland

Historic Stone-Walled Mill Transformed Into Sprawling Home in Scotland

Only three free standing walls remained from the historic mill that sat on the site near Loch Ussie. The solid stone walls, which recall the era of the castles which dot the landscape, were to be

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Peter Ananin’s MyBioPod Connects Nature and Technology to Create Miniature Ecosystems

Peter Ananin’s MyBioPod Connects Nature and Technology to Create Miniature Ecosystems

Scottish designer Peter Ananin has created a way to bring a little more of the outside world into our everyday lives by creating personal miniature rural worlds dubbed MyBioPod. MyBioPod provides people

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Donald Trump Claims Scottish Government “Betrayed” Him With Wind Farm Plans

Donald Trump Claims Scottish Government “Betrayed” Him With Wind Farm Plans

A war of words between Donald Trump and the Scottish government is escalating over plans to install wind turbines near Trump’s golf course, set to open this summer near Aberdeen. Trump claims

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Rob Mullholland’s Mysterious Mirror Sculptures Reflect the Forest Around Them

Rob Mullholland’s Mysterious Mirror Sculptures Reflect the Forest Around Them

Mullholland scouted the forest of Aberfoyle, Trossachs, which attracts around 250,000 visitors each year. In years past, the idyllic forest was a roaming grounds for sheep farms and other elements of

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Fears of Explosion Increase at North Sea Gas Leak

Fears of Explosion Increase at North Sea Gas Leak

Worries over the possibility of an explosion at Total’s Elgin platform in the North Sea have led the French oil and gas giant to send fire-fighting ships to the gas extraction well. Experts who worked

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Aquamarine Power To Connect Wave Energy Generator To UK National Grid

Aquamarine Power To Connect Wave Energy Generator To UK National Grid

Scotland may be a small country, but its stake in the future renewable energy is about to get serious as Aquamarine Power’s Oyster 800 Wave energy device will soon be installed and connected to the UK

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