Back in 2008 that one-off of wee islands on Scotland's north-west coast, Eigg welcomed the advent of electricity. But the tiny Hebridean island of Coll is split over plans to introduce mobile phone coverage as a planning application has been lodged to construct a 50ft phone mast and two dishes on the island located west of Mull.
IDA (International Dark Sky Association) has granted the Isle of Coll Dark Sky status (which may even protect it from wind farms!) Located in the Atlantic with the Isle of Tiree, Coll is the second only area after Galloway Forest Park in Scotland to be given this status. IDA also awarded Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.
HIAL (Highland & Islands Airports) note that passengers numbers grew by more than 11.000 in Scotland's regional airports in October. As a result it is investing £1.4million on resurfacing its most important asset, Inverness airport’s mile long runway, that takes around 31,000 flights yearly.
Anne Stene's PhD thesis at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute explains how environmental factors affect the outbreak and transmission of PD (pancreas disease) in farmed salmon. Both infected and dead salmon can shed the salmonid pancreas disease virus into the sea and the virus particles can be spread by the wind and ocean currents from one fish farm to the next along the coast.
The Coastal Communities Fund is taken from the revenues harvested by the Commission from its marine assets and operated by the Big Lottery organisation. Gigha is granted £271k from this fund, with the objective of to make Ardminish Bay a more capable resource for marine tourism.
As Lerwick monitors solar storms for the UK grid, three schools, Brae High School, Shetland, Sanday Community School, Orkney and Tobermory High School Mull, have been selected to take part in a project monitoring for the Aurora Borealis.
Princess Anne, patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board has made clear her incredulity at the proposal to site hundreds of wind turbines in the close vicinity of the Grade A listed Skerryvore Lighthouse, south of the Isle of Tiree.
UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands) has teamed up with NHS Western Isles to find out if new technologies could be used to help patients learn about life with type 2 diabetes. The move comes as US North Carolina researchers have created a ‘smart’ system, injected into the body that responds to changes in blood sugar by releasing insulin, effectively controlling blood-sugar levels. Successfully trialled on mice discussions are underway to move the technology to clinical trials for use in humans.
As UK energy regulator Ofgem is to impose a £10.5m fine on utility giant SSE for prolonged and extensive mis-selling of gas and electricity over two years (the largest ever imposed on an energy supplier by the watchdog) hard at work Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission has awarded four contracts with a cumulative value of £600m for new electricity substations in Northern Scotland
Plans for Scottish independence have suffered an interesting setback with the emergence of a bid by oil-rich Orkney and Shetland.to bring in their own home rule, with the islands are discussing how to achieve a new constitutional settlement that would deliver more powers to the Northern Isles, capitalising on the lucrative oil and gas reserves in their waters.
The world’s biggest onshore salmon farm is to be built in Scotland as Dunkeld-based FishFrom submits a planning application for the £15m farm constructed inside a 3.5-acre warehouse at Tayinloan reputedly to produce 3,000 tonnes of salmon a year – about twice the average sea-farm.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has pledged to redouble his efforts to ensure the islands renewable energy potential is realised and establish the Western Isles as the jewel in Scotland's energy crown and a global centre for marine and land-based projects.
Community Energy Scotland, in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES) and Lews Castle College commissioned The Pure Energy Centre,renewable energy and energy storage company, to complete the installation of remote monitoring systems at 28 renewable energy generation sites in the Western Isles.
Scotland's position as one of the world's leading wind hubs at least for 25 years, was further cemented today, as the government approved plans for the giant 129.6MW Stornoway Wind Farm on the Isle of Lewis.
Four tidal and wave power developers are competing for the £10m Scottish Saltire award aiming to crack the toughest water technological challenges and generate the greatest volume of sea-powered electrical output in Scottish waters over a 2-year period.
The seas around the isles off the west coast of Scotland (Coll, Tiree, Hyskeir and Canna) have been identified as a hotspot for the second largest living fish, basking sharks that appear there every summer and are observed feeding, as well as engaging in social behaviour (which may be courtship) and breaching (leaping out of the water). The area seems to be important for key life cycle stages of basking sharks .
One week to comment on Highlands & Islands' final broadband consultation for half the country's geography. With superfast broadband rollout across the region looking set to begin in 2013, the H&I Enterprise launches a public consultation on current levels of service, asking broadband providers to confirm any plans they may have to upgrade to superfast, and seeking information from local people and businesses about their current service quality.
Gaberlunzie does love the idea of Roman curse stones, and feels in another Roman style life, a career as a curse writer would have been very rewarding. Naturally, however when he is presented by the bullaun stone, his first thought is it is a stone USB for communication of prayers and curses!
The Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) tug support for The Minch, the west coast and the Western Isles was withdrawn from service on cost grounds by the UK government. But ForArgyll records that a cargo boat grounded 10.45pm on 19th March on an island off North Uist highlights the very urgent need for ETV protection to be reinstated.
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