Scotland http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19502/all en In Scotland, is it renewable energy's political moment? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/110317/scotland-renewable-energy-wave-tidal-power <p> As the crisis at a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant mounts, renewable energy looks like a winning political platform &mdash; particularly in the United Kingdom, which has the second most nuclear power plants in the European Union.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/110317/scotland-renewable-energy-wave-tidal-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Nuclear Scotland Hydro Energy United Kingdom Sat, 19 Mar 2011 13:56:55 +0000 Robert Taylor 5631377 at http://www.globalpost.com What the Scottish National Party's victory might mean http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/110513/scottish-national-party-scotland-secession <p> EDINBURGH &mdash; It is difficult to overstate the impact Scottish secession could have on the UK.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/110513/scottish-national-party-scotland-secession" target="_blank">read more</a></p> British Royal Wedding 2011 David Cameron Ed Miliband Scotland Elections Europe Politics United Kingdom Fri, 13 May 2011 22:19:00 +0000 Robert Taylor 5644588 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands face flight delays as Grimsvotn ash cloud spreads http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110524/iceland-grimsvotn-volcano-flight-cancelled-air-travel-uk-europe-obama <p> Obama, who is on a six-day European tour, left Ireland for Britain on Monday night &mdash; a day ahead of schedule &mdash; because of fears the volcanic ash cloud could affect travel on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110524/iceland-grimsvotn-volcano-flight-cancelled-air-travel-uk-europe-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Scotland Travel/Tourism Europe Ireland United Kingdom Tue, 24 May 2011 07:18:00 +0000 News Desk 5646929 at http://www.globalpost.com Queen Victoria's underwear sold at auction http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/queen-victorias-underwear-sold-at-auction A pair of enormous bloomers in white silk is the unusual jewel in the crown of a collection from the former London home of the Forbes family, the BBC reports. The American publishing dynasty collected over $3 million of royal treasures at 17-century Old Battersea House, including letters, furniture, oil paintings, and clothing. The whole lot is now up for sale at the Lyon & Turnbull auction house in Edinburgh, Scotland.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/queen-victorias-underwear-sold-at-auction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Scotland United Kingdom Weird Wide Web Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:44:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5679918 at http://www.globalpost.com Was $66,000 too much to spend on a party for giant pandas? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/giant-panda-party-edinburgh-scotland <p> How would you throw a party for two giant pandas?</p> <p> A few bamboo shoots, a camera to capture the whole thing for <a href="http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=panda&amp;oq=panda&amp;aq=f&amp;aqi=g10&amp;aql=&amp;gs_sm=e&amp;gs_upl=751l3661l0l3735l11l10l3l0l0l0l183l918l0.6l6l0">YouTube</a> and you&#39;d be set, right?</p> <p> Wrong.</p> <p> The welcome bash given pandas <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/giant-pandas-china-scotland-wildlife-video">Tian Tian and Yuan Guang</a> when they arrived at Edinburgh Zoo last month was a multi-thousand-pound affair &ndash; paid for by Scottish taxpayers.</p> <p> That&#39;s according to <a href="http://www.captiveanimals.org/our-work/zoos">anti-zoo</a> campaigners and panda-party-poopers the <a href="http://www.captiveanimals.org/">Captive Animals&#39; Protection Society</a> (CAPS), which obtained spending records from the Scottish government under the Freedom of Information Act.</p> <p> The record showed the government spent exactly &pound;42,722.17 (about $66,000) on the &quot;&#39;panda arrival event&#39; and associated marketing,&quot; <a href="http://www.captiveanimals.org/news/2012/01/scottish-government-spends-42000-on-a-party%E2%80%A6for-pandas">CAPS</a> said.</p> <p> The high-profile panda exhibit was supposed to be paid for by commercial sponsors and not public funds, complained CAPS, which presumably won&#39;t be getting an invite to the next do.</p> <p><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/giant-panda-party-edinburgh-scotland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Scotland Wildlife News China United Kingdom Weird Wide Web Thu, 05 Jan 2012 14:38:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5686062 at http://www.globalpost.com Scottish independence: Cameron steps in http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-cameron-steps <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> British Prime Minister raises the stakes by demanding Scots hold independence referendum within 18 months. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> In the first stage of a game of call my bluff, David Cameron announced yesterday that a referendum on Scottish independence should be held within 18 months.</p> <p> The Scottish National Party took over Scotland&#39;s devolved parliament after winning a sizeable majority in the elections of May 2010. The main plank in the party&#39;s platform was its pledge to offer Scots a referendum on whether to remain in the United Kingdom.&nbsp;</p> <p> SNP leader Alex Salmond wanted to hold that referendum in 2014 on the 700th anniversary of Robert the Bruce&#39;s victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn - they are obsessed by history everywhere on this island.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-cameron-steps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bannockburn David Cameron England Home Regions Robert the Bruce Scotland Scottish independence United Kingdom Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:55:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686494 at http://www.globalpost.com Scottish Independence, pt. 3 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-pt-3 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> War of words between London and Edinburgh over Scotland's future heats up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> As I&#39;ve mentioned previously, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/break-united-kingdom-real-possibility">Scottish independence</a> is both a possibility and increasingly an opportunity for <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-cameron-steps">political game playing</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-pt-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Britain Czechoslovakia David Cameron England Home Regions Scotland Scottish independence United Kingdom Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:31:09 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686911 at http://www.globalpost.com Scottish Independence, pt. 5: Burns night politics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-pt-5-burns-night-politics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scottish Government begins consultation on independence referendum without asking Parliament's permission </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Scotland&#39;s First Minister Alex Salmond chose Burns Night, the national celebration of Scotland&#39;s greatest poet, to publish a <a href="http://www.scotreferendum.com/consultation/">consultation paper</a>, &quot;Your Scotland, Your Referendum,&quot; which is the first step of the legislative process that will lead, ultimately to a vote in autumn 2014 on Scottish independence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-pt-5-burns-night-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burns Night David Cameron Home Regions Robert Burns Scotland Scottish independence Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:56:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5688900 at http://www.globalpost.com Supergiant amphipod, monster crustacean, found in deep seas off New Zealand (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/green/wildlife-news/120202/supergiant-amphipod-monster-crustacean-found-new-zealand <p> &quot;It&#39;s a bit like finding a foot-long cockroach,&quot; according to one of the scientists that discovered the oversized crustacean.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/green/wildlife-news/120202/supergiant-amphipod-monster-crustacean-found-new-zealand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Zealand Scotland Asia-Pacific Wildlife News Science Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:07:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5690051 at http://www.globalpost.com Passenger plane caught up in mock war game over Scottish island http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/close-call-passenger-plane-caught-mock-war-game-over-s <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “Those Tornados just got a wee bit too close for us," pilot says after narrowly escaping collision with 14 international military aircraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hélène Hofman </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> A passenger plane came within seconds of a deadly collision when it got caught up in a simulated military attack over a Scottish airport last July, British media is reporting.&nbsp; A</p> <p> Civil Aviation Authority investigation into the incident has found that the civilian plane&rsquo;s pilot was forced to take evasive action when he got a warning that two Tornado GR4 warplanes were in his path,<a href="http:// http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2098380/Tiny-passenger-plane-seconds-disaster-attacked-Tornado-jets-Black-Hawk-helicopters-mock-war-game.html#ixzz1lw9EvzT4"> the Daily Mail reports</a>. On his second attempt at landing, the pilot spotted two Black Hawk helicopters that air traffic control had not warned him about.</p> <p> &ldquo;As he prepared for a routine landing at a tiny island airport, a warning that there were a couple of tornadoes on the way was possibly the last thing the pilot expected,&rdquo; the newspaper says.</p> <p> The investigation heard that the 37-seat passenger plane was in the middle of a simulated attack involving 14 international military aircraft near Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis.</p> <p> &ldquo;Those Tornados just got a wee bit too close for us,&quot; the report quotes the civilian pilot as saying to the air traffic controller, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-16961034">according to the BBC.</a></p> <p> The investigation concluded that the exercise should have been aborted when the passenger plane came in to land, and cited a &ldquo;breakdown in communication&rdquo; for the incident.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/close-call-passenger-plane-caught-mock-war-game-over-s" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Black Hawk Scotland Tornado UK United Kingdom Fri, 10 Feb 2012 01:46:00 +0000 Hélène Hofman 5691166 at http://www.globalpost.com ExxonMobil fined record $4 million in United Kingdom for lapse in emissions reporting http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/120220/exxonmobil-fined-record-4-million-united-kingdom ExxonMobil executives said they caught the mistake themselves. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/120220/exxonmobil-fined-record-4-million-united-kingdom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Green Scotland United Kingdom Business Green Europe United Kingdom Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:27:16 +0000 Amy Silverstein 5692512 at http://www.globalpost.com Scottish independence: is it only a matter of time? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/120224/scottish-independence-alex-salmond-cameron-referendum EDINBURGH — The question of Scottish independence, which rose again in 2007, is a battle of identity and personality as a contest of ideas and policies. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/120224/scottish-independence-alex-salmond-cameron-referendum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> David Cameron Scotland Diplomacy United Kingdom Sun, 26 Feb 2012 13:41:00 +0000 George Thomson 5693378 at http://www.globalpost.com Scotland: testing ground for new early cancer detection protocol http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/scottish-test-new-early-cancer-detection-protocol <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The bad health habits of the Scots has provided fodder for articles for decades. They are portrayed as a nation that drinks too much, eats too much fried food and collectively smoke like chimneys.</p> <p> It is, of course, not true. But those who grow up in deprived areas of Scotland do fit the stereotype. Their <a href="http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/TrendLifeExpectancy">life expectancy</a> is shockingly low for a western country: 57.5 years for men and 61.9 years for women.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/scottish-test-new-early-cancer-detection-protocol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> cancer Home lung cancer Nottingham University Oncimmune Regions Scotland trial tumors Europe Health United Kingdom On Europe Europa Fri, 23 Mar 2012 11:50:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5697376 at http://www.globalpost.com Dull and Boring to form transatlantic partnership? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/dull-and-boring-twin-towns-oregon-scotland <p>Today is no ordinary day in Boring, Oregon. For tonight, Boring people vote on whether they&#39;d like to pair up with Dull folks.</p> <p>It&#39;s up to the town&#39;s planning organization to decide whether or not to accept an offer of partnership from the village of Dull in Perthshire, central Scotland.</p><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/dull-and-boring-twin-towns-oregon-scotland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Scotland Travel/Tourism United Kingdom United States Weird Wide Web Tue, 05 Jun 2012 17:27:29 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5706782 at http://www.globalpost.com Scotland to legalize gay marriage, ahead of the rest of UK http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/120725/scotland-legalizes-gay-marriage Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the government believed that the move was "the right thing to do." <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/120725/scotland-legalizes-gay-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> gay marriage Gay rights Scotland United Kingdom Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:05:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5713319 at http://www.globalpost.com