Scotland Green Living — News on the environment

News on the environment

The United Kingdom will face natural disasters on an unprecedented scale in future brought about by climate change and global warming. The media such as the BBC have given most focus to transportation accidents in the decades gone by, such as air crashes, sea accidents and road crashes. Also terrorism, massive fires and oil explotions as well as oil tankers running aground are not uncommon to see on the news. Yet the UK's geographical location exposes it to the risk of serious natural and life threatening disasters such as hurriacanes, storms, heat waves, low temperatures and flooding.
A brief history of natural disasters in the United Kingdom:

November 26, 1703: a great storm and destructive cyclone struck central and southern England leading to 8,000 deaths and destroying 700 ships. This led on to a major drawback for marine transportation in Britain.
Settember 1782: 3500 people were killed during the Central Atlantic hurricane.
1783: Laki Volcano fissure eruption in Iceland killed 20,000 British people in Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire with air poisoning caused by outpouring of poisonous gases such as hydrogen fluoride and sulphur dioxide.
1816: Year without a Summer with low temperatures and 65,000 deaths
1987: Great Storm of 1987: Michael Fish's white lie
2003: 2000 people died in the UK from a summer heatwave.
For more info on disasters in the UK, see The Worst Disasters in the History of the United Kingdom from the WorldAtlas
The great storm of 1987 taught us that forecasting the weather is difficult and weather forecasters can get it wrong. The weather in Scotland and the United Kingdom as a whole is changeable and unpredictable. There are over 1000 satellites in space, which are needed to predict the Earth's climate as well as for modern day communications. Satellites enable faster Internet connectivity between continents throughout the world as do under sea cables, so as well as satellites the British Navy are important in maintaining under sea cables with submarines. Equally, tracking space debris and cleaning it up is important and will reduce the risk of asteroids hitting the Earth, causing carnage and injuring people. Entrepreneurs should work on finding novel means to track satellites and space debris. The UK Space Agency is encouraging this. For more on this, see BBC News article on New approaches to tracking satellites and debris in orbit are to get a boost from the UK Space Agency (2020).
The BBC provide impartial investigative journalism for the public good. When BBC journalists respect local laws in countries and strive to be impartial, BBC journalists worldwide should be given freedom to do their jobs. BBC journalist Jonathan Head had charges dropped in 2017 by Thailand. See BBC News Online — Jonathan Head: Thailand charges dropped against BBC reporter.

Internet links on climate events and news stories

Websites for environmental awareness

Abroath — Visit Angus
Adam Bulley Photography
Africa floodlist
Architects Climate Action Network
Argyll and Bute Map of Renewable Energy Developments
Aquarium of the Pacific — Online Learning Centre
BBC Bitesize — Five animals that holiday in colder climates
BBC Bitesize — Five British animals you didn't know are endangered
BBC Bitesize — Five well-known animals that went extinct in Britain
BBC News — Where are England's 10 national parks?
British Antarctic Survey
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Ecological Society
Cairngorms National Park Authority
Climate Assembly UK
Culloden — National Trust for Scotland
The Deadliest Natural Disasters From The 20th Century
Disability Scotland — The great outdoors and accessible countryside walks in Scotland
EarthCam — Webcam Network
Edge of Existance — Saving the Pygmy Sloth from Extinction
Ekoru — search the Internet to save the oceans
Environmental Protection UK
Facebook — BBC Earth
Facebook — Our Earth
Take a wander along Glasgow's stunning new Amsterdam-esque boardwalk at Firhill Basin
Friends of the Earth
Glasgow Live — Best walks in and around Glasgow to enjoy during Tier 4 lockdown this winter
GOV.Scot — Environment and climate change
Forth Rivers Trust — Protecting Rivers Around the Forth for the Future
GOV.UK — Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Greener UK
Halfpenny Farm Animal Sanctuary, Kintore, Aberdeenshire
Highland Gardens and Grounds on Facebook
Inside Suffolk on Facebook
James Loveridge Photography
Keep Scotland Beautiful
Kildrummy Castle — Public Body for Scotland's Historic Environment
Koistie Shetland Ponies on Facebook
Koistie Shetland Pony Stud
Macmillan Cancer Support — Mighty Hikes
Mangrove Action Project: Protecting The World's Mangrove Forests
Marine Conservation Society
Met Office — Long Range Forecast
Met Office — Weather forecast videos
Mountain Weather Information Service
Mountaineering Scotland – Think Winter
NASA Science — Where Do Old Satellites Go When They Die?
Nasa Climate Kids — How Do Clouds Affect Earth's Climate?
NASA Earth on Facebook
NASA Earth
NASA — International Space Station
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Sheep Association
Natural Environment Research Council
NatureScot
National Trust
Ochils Mountain Rescue Team
Ordnance Survey
Outdoor Access Scotland
Paul Cummings Photographer
Phil Norton Photography
Rabbie's Scotland Tours
Rabbie's Scotland Tours — Tours from Aberdeen
Re-cycle — recycling bikes from the UK to Africa
RNLI — Royal National Lifeboat Institution – Saving Lives at Sea
RNLI Lifeboat Loch Ness
RNLI Loch Ness Lifeboat Station
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
The Science Knowledge on Facebook
The Science Knowledge on Instagram
Scottish Avalanche Information Service
Scotland Wildlife Blog: Duntocher, West Dunbartonshire
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society
Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Stephen Tomlinson Landscape photographer
Traffic Scotland Trunk Road Gritter Tracker
Tourism Timor-Leste
Northumberland National Park — Three Forts Foray
Visit Scotland — Scottish Highlands Winter Holidays & Things To Do
Strathdon & Cockbridge Visitor Guide - Accommodation, Things To Do & More — VisitScotland
Walk Highlands: Scotland walks and accommodation
West Highland Way — Social Media Memories From Your West Highland Way
Wildfire Today
Whitelee Windfarm
World Resources Institute
WWF
Zero carbon futures