LINK Thinks

LINK Thinks is a space for members and others to express their views about Scotland’s environment. If you would like to contribute a blog please contact The opinions expressed in this blog are the author's and not necessarily those of the wider LINK membership.

Global biodiversity report: Where does Scotland stand?

06 May 2019

Scotland must take urgent action to halt its declining biodiversity, say campaigners following the release of a major global report revealing that one million animal and plant species worldwide are threatened with extinction. A ground-breaking assessment released today on the state of the planet’s nature found that human actions threaten more species with global extinction now than […]

The Lone Ranger?

09 Apr 2019

A popular feature of Scotland’s countryside for over 40 years is now experiencing a critical decline.  With this decline comes a threat to your enjoyment of the countryside and to the habitats and species that form our wonderful natural environment. What is this popular feature? Well, you may well have met them, heard them on […]

A No Deal Brexit is No Good for Scotland’s Environment

12 Mar 2019

Environmental protections have been referenced a lot in the context of Brexit. And with good reason: overall, joint action across the EU has been a good thing, enabling us to tackle environmental issues such as pollution and climate change in a coordinated way across 28 different countries. Environmental policy has been an EU competence for […]

Scotland is in urgent need of laws to protect its natural beauty

03 Mar 2019

SCOTLAND is known worldwide for its natural environment’s breathtaking beauty and is home to globally important habitats and wildlife. We have 5% of the world’s peatlands and a third of the EU’s breeding seabirds. Our rivers and lochs contain 90% of the UK’s surface freshwater. But with one in 11 species currently at risk of […]

Climate change could wreak havoc on Scottish species

11 Feb 2019

From schoolchildren to businesses and anyone in-between, politicians are being told loud and clear that we need to urgently tackle climate change. Our natural world is already in decline with global warming being considered as the greatest cause of species extinctions this century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that a 1.5°C […]

Finding our way to circularity

07 Feb 2019

By Phoebe Cochrane The need to focus on overall consumption reduction, improve our metrics, be mindful of the importance of biodiversity, and introduce a circular economy bill to drive radical and systemic change, were some of the findings of a recent seminar. An OECD report published last year finds that the world’s consumption of raw […]

Two crucial years to help save our seas

13 Dec 2018

From the air we breathe to the food we eat, Scotland needs seas full of life. Yet they are struggling. With the tide of ocean plastics awareness, resistance to mechanically stripping pristine kelp forests, community monitoring of scallop dredge damage in Loch Carron, Firth of Lorn and Loch Gairloch and a growing consensus for overhauling […]

New expenses rules for environmental litigation in Scotland: protective or defective?

27 Nov 2018

The Scottish Government sets itself apart from its UK counterpart in its approach to protecting human rights. The SNP vocally opposed proposals to withdraw the UK from the ECHR and repeal the Human Rights Act. An expert group appointed by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will report this year with recommendations on how Scotland “can […]

Michael Russell visits Tiree

24 Oct 2018

From Michael’s twitter: Great to visit #TheReef on #Tiree with John Bowler ,  @RSPBScotland rep on the island , looking for corncrakes in my role as their @SpeciesChampion. Heard but didn’t see any but saw lots of other things including ringed plovers & some wonderful pyramid orchids.

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