Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme plan backed

The Scottish Government’s consultation on a deposit return scheme (DRS) has found a high level of support and marks the next big step forward towards creating Scotland’s deposit return scheme. 

The consultation gathered more than 3,000 responses from a wide range of organisations and individuals, testament to the interest that deposit return has generated among the public and stakeholders alike. The organisations comprised of public sector, food and drink producers, as well as environmental, conservation, food and health charities. 

Jaguar Land Rover recalls 44,000 cars over emissions

Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 44,000 cars in the UK over greenhouse gas emissions, the car maker has said.

The Vehicle Certification Agency found ten models were emitting more of the carbon dioxide gas than they had been certified to emit. Jaguar Land Rover then informed the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, which handles recalls, of the findings.

Recalls of cars to fix safety defects happen fairly often, but full product recalls because of exhaust emissions are rare. It is thought to be the first carbon dioxide-related recall for Jaguar Land Rover.

UK Government pledges to improve flying for those with nut allergies

Following a meeting with airlines and allergy sufferers, the UK Government wants to see improved clarity and consistency in how the aviation industry deals with allergies. 

The Aviation Minister, Baroness Liz Sugg, has met with allergy sufferers, medical experts and airlines to explore options for improving the flying experience for those who suffer from nut allergies.

US ambassador says Britain should embrace American farming methods

In the Daily Telegraph, the US Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, has urged the UK to embrace US farming methods.

The US Ambassador says US practices such a chlorinated- washing of chicken and feeding growth hormones to cattle are the “future of arming” while the EU’s “traditionalist approach” belongs in the past. 

Heritage Foods of Alba Exhibition

Wendy Barrie, Scottish Food Guide, will be presenting The Heritage Foods of Alba Exhibition at The Scottish Parliament on March 5th - 7th inclusive.
This Member Sponsored Exhibition is thanks to the support of Annabelle Ewing MSP and will take place in the Members’ Lobby next week.

Environment and climate impacts of aviation continue growing

The European Aviation Environmental Report 2019, published jointly by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European Environment Agency (EEA) and EUROCONTROL, provides an updated assessment of the environmental performance of the aviation sector in Europe.

The report states that, while aviation has produced economic benefits, stimulated innovation and improved connectivity within Europe, the sector's growth has also increased its negative impacts on climate change, noise and air quality.

Body modification artist pleads guilty to three counts of GBH

A body modification artist, known as “Dr Evil” who carried out a number of extreme procedures at his studio in Wolverhampton, including ear and nipple removal and tongue-splitting, pleaded guilty to three counts of grievous bodily harm (GBH).

All procedures including the removal of a customer's ear, a client's nipple and splitting a customer's tongue, were carried out without an anaesthetic.

Microbiological survey of minced beef on sale in Scotland

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and partners, in collaboration with public analysis laboratories, will conduct a comprehensive survey of the microbiological pathogens in minced beef across Scotland. The aim of this survey is to collect data on the microbiological quality of retail beef mince on sale in Scotland. 

In the first such survey of fresh beef mince at retail level in Scotland, the year-long project will study 1,000 samples from retail outlets across the country. 

Public consultation on use of fireworks in Scotland launched

The Scottish Government is gathering information and views on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland. They are seeking views on experiences and what the public think about the way fireworks are currently used.

Beach and harbour in Fife closed by suspected oil spill

A beach and harbour in Fife have been closed off as a precaution following a suspected oil spill. This was after residents reported a strong smell of oil, and pockets of pollution were seen on the shoreline near the Limekilns / Charlestown area .

An operation is now underway to remove polluted parts of Limekilns beach and the area adjacent to the harbour.

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