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2014-01-20 10:39:30

Renewable tidal energy sufficient to power about half of Scotland could be harnessed from a single stretch of water off the north coast of the country, engineers say Renewable tidal energy sufficient to power about half of Scotland could be harnessed from a single stretch of water off the north coast of the country, engineers say. Researchers have completed the most detailed study yet of how much tidal power could be generated by turbines placed in the Pentland Firth, between mainland...

2008-10-04 12:00:12

By ALISON CHIESA MORE than 50 seabirds have died in one of the worst oil spills to hit the north Caithness coast this year, conservationists said yesterday . The dead birds have largely been recovered from beaches stretching from Scrabster to Dunnet. According to RSPB Scotland, th e incident is "by far the worst" of three such oil spills in the waters off the coastal area since May. Unlike two spills in the summer on the east Caithness coast, it is not being linked with the Beatrice...

2008-10-04 09:00:12

SCORES of oiled seabirds were washed ashore along a 20-mile stretch of the Caithness coast yesterday, sparking fears of an oil spill in the Pentland Firth. At least 50 birds were recovered between Thurso and Duncansby Head. Some birds had died, said RSPB Scotland. But the Scottish Environment Protection Agency stressed there was no evidence of oil pollution. (c) 2008 Scotsman, The. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-30 12:00:42

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT ALEX Salmond yesterday declared that the Pentland Firth would be "the epicentre of Scotland's future in renewable energy" as it officially became one of the country's first marine power sites. The First Minister unveiled his vision to make Scotland's seabed available to allow the power of tides to be transformed into the electricity that would turn the area into the powerhouse of Europe. He made clear that environmental concerns would not stand in...

2008-09-30 06:00:30

By JOHN ROSS THE waters of the Pentland Firth are set to become the epicentre of Scotland's future in renewable energy with the equivalent power of 20 conventional stations, according to Alex Salmond, the First Minister . On a visit to Caithness yesterday, Mr Salmond also made it clear that any move to have the Firth, considered to be one of the best tidal energy hotspots on earth, designated under environmental regulations would not stand in the way of the energy revolution. The...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'