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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Environmental and Waste Management

Zero Waste (Scotland) Regulations Draft Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment

Energy efficiency and microgeneration in the built environment, SKILLS research for Scotland

Conserve and Save: The Energy Efficiency Plan for Scotland: Annual Report 2010-11

Flood Risk Management in England [PDF file] 

Biology

Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Volume 2 Number 12: Determination and Environmental Assessment of Hydrocarbons in Water, Fish and Sediment Following an Oil Spill at the Gannet Oil Field

Statistical Publication: Agriculture Series: First Estimate of the Cereal and Oilseed Rape Harvest 2011 (more…)

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An unusually large number of science-related publications were produced by the Holyrood and Westminster governments in March.  Here is a selection:

Biological Sciences/Environmental and Waste Management

Gamebirds: Code of Practice for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes.

Covers rearing, transportation and release of gamebirds.

2010 Review of Goose Management Policy in Scotland.

Examines future strategies for goose management in Scotland.  (Geese can be considered an agricultural pest in some areas of Scotland, due to their grazing activity.)  Stakeholder responses and the Scottish Government’s response are also available online.

Statistical Publication Agriculture Series: Results from 2010 December Agricultural Survey.

Our Rural Future: The Scottish Government’s response to the Speak Up for Rural Scotland consultation.

Marine and Freshwater policy documents.

Scotland’s National Marine Plan aims to provide “a planning framework to manage competing demands for the use of the sea whilst protecting the marine environment”.

 CAMERAS: Focus on Freshwater Science.

“The Co-ordinated Agenda for Marine, Environment and Rural Affairs Science (CAMERAS) was established to ensure that Scotland’s marine, environment and rural science supports delivery of the Scottish Government’s single purpose, ‘to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth’.”

Consultation on Seal Haul-out Sites.

A haul-out site is a location on land where seals haul themselves out to rest.  The Natural Environment Research Council can designate haul-out sites, which are considered suitable to protect seals from harassment.

Offshore wind energy

Blue Seas – Green Energy.  A Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters.  Part A The Plan

This plan contains proposals for offshore wind energy development in Scottish Territorial Waters up to 2020 and beyond.  It should be read in conjunction with Part B Post Adoption Statement.

Other relevant publications include:

 

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Here are some recent publications from the Holyrood and Westminster governments, which may be useful:

Sports Studies

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Progress report February 2011 [PDF file]

Department for Culture, Media and Sport report, which “examines progress across the Olympic Delivery Authority’s construction programme, progress with how the Government is coordinating the Olympics programme, progress with the legacy from the Games and the cost of the Games.”

Environmental and Waste Management

Demographic Change and the Environment [PDF file]

Useful report from The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, giving independent predictions of the impact of UK population change on the environment.  The Commission believes “[t]here is a relationship between the size of the population and certain basic environmental services, such as water supply and quality, energy use and waste generation”.

International Review of Behaviour Change Initiatives

 “This report, commissioned as part of the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Behaviours Research Programme, reviews a range of behaviour change initiatives that have attempted to reduce the carbon intensity of consumption practices. It aims to enhance understandings of different approaches to behaviour change, and to explore the transferability of initiatives to the Scottish context.”

Scottish Government consultation documents: 

Consultation report on The Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 2010

Regulations to Deliver Zero Waste: A Consultation on the proposed Zero Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2011

Public Bodies Climate Change Duties: Putting them into Practice: Consultation on Draft Guidance Required by Part 4 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009: Scottish Government Response

 Health Sciences

Health Promotion Guidance: Nutritional Guidance for Children and Young People in Residential Care Settings

Children and Young People’s Views and Experiences of Food and Nutrition in Residential Care

 You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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The Westminster and Holyrood Governments have recently published a number of reports that may contain useful information for scientists. These include:

 

Biological Sciences/Environmental Sciences

The Economic Impact of Wildlife Tourism in Scotland

Research providing a current assessment of the economic impact of wildlife tourism in Scotland and an insight into the key trends affecting Scotland’s wildlife tourism industry.

Agriculture Facts and Figures 2010

Overview of the key Scottish Agriculture statistics along with selected UK and EU comparisons.

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The Scottish Government has recently published Meeting Scotland’s Zero Waste Targets: Assessing the Costs Associated with New Waste Management Infrastructure.  This outlines their zero waste approach to waste management and contains very detailed statistics about recycling, the costs involved in waste management, waste management trends, etc., from a Scottish viewpoint.  This information can be difficult to obtain from other sources, so this will be a useful document for all students and researchers looking at waste management in Scotland.

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