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UK air pollution limit surpassed five days into the new year

Pollution levels in some areas of the UK surpassed the yearly limit in the first five days of 2017. It is a legal requirement that levels of nitrogen oxide – a harmful greenhouse gas produced mainly in diesel fumes – do not surpass 200 micrograms per cubic meter more than 18 times in a year. […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio visits Edinburgh and dines at new ‘pay it forward’ restaurant

Award-winning American actor Leonardo DiCaprio visited Edinburgh last week during his foray to Scotland.

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Minimum price for alcohol to be introduced in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol, which would see spirit and strong cider prices soar north of the border. This decision comes following an investigation which found that over two thirds of all spirits in Scotland are sold for less than the minimum pricing. The move has placed […]

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The Scottish Government increases focus on energy efficiency in the North

The Scottish Government has announced the creation of a new programme that will focus on making energy more efficient north of the border. £9.1 million will be injected into Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), with the funds going towards the improvement of energy efficiency across Scotland in homes, community groups and businesses. This would be […]

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Interview: VPS Jenna Kelly discusses her new emergency taxi scheme

Interview conducted by Joshua Stein on Friday, 23 September, 2016. One of the focuses of your campaign for VPS was ‘Housing and Transport made easier’. How has the taxi service been going? The soft launch was implemented at the end of last semester, so a lot of the administrative groundwork was already done. It has […]

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Scotland’s future in the EU analysed by Scottish Government committee

A select committee of MSPs have released a document detailing the possible statuses Scotland could soon assume in the European Union (EU). The European and External Relations Committee, made up of representatives from each party in Holyrood, consulted academics, economists, and research institutes in their research for the project, entitled ‘The EU referendum result and […]

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Vigils held across Europe in commemoration of Paris victims

HEIDELBERG, GERMANY — Vigils have been held across Europe to commemorate the victims of the terror attacks on Paris on Friday, which claimed the lives of 132 people. More than 1,000 people took to the Theaterplatz in the center of Heidelberg to pay their respects to the victims. Many brought candles and messages of mourning. […]

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Universities urged to eliminate zero-hours contracts

Pressure is growing for Scottish universities to scrap zero hours contracts completely. Recent research saw 79 per cent of Scottish university staff were on these contracts, compared with an average of 53 per cent in the UK. A spokesperson for The University of Edinburgh told The Student that they “stopped using ‘hours to be notified’ […]