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Trees: the solution to all our problems or not that simple?

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Trees are a great way to soak up carbon emissions, improve nature and biodiversity. Right? Well, not always. We take a dive into why where you plant trees can have hidden, perhaps surprising, implications.

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How is Scotland’s climate changing?

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Dr Mike Rivington and Dr Mohamed Jabloun

A changing climate – past trends and future projections and what they could mean for Scotland.

Scotland is well known for its weather. We’re used to rain and snow as well as dry spells. But these weather patterns are changing. What could this mean for how we live?

We undertook research, on behalf of the Scottish Government, looking at how the climate has changed since 1960 and how it’s expected to change in coming decades out to 2080.

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Event to examine water scarcity impacts on North East farmers

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Farmers in North East Scotland are being invited to an online event to discuss future water scarcity predictions in the region and what they could mean for their sector.

The event, being run by The James Hutton Institute at 7pm on February 20, aims to get a better perspective on what future water scarcity will mean for farmers, how they are likely to respond to increasing water scarcity events and any additional support required to increase resilience.

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Recognising Scotland’s rural population problem

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By Dr Jonathan Hopkins and Dr Ruth Wilson, The James Hutton Institute

Population decline in Scotland’s sparsely populated and rural areas, as highlighted in the Herald’s special investigation last week, is a perennial challenge.

It’s a topic that we and colleagues have been studying at The James Hutton institute, both in Scotland and further afield, for several years. We’ve been analysing patterns of demographic change  and speaking to residents and businesses about their experiences.

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2023: our wettest year yet

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How wet was 2023 for you? In Invergowrie, it was very wet, according to our full year weather data.

We recorded a total of 995.4 mm of rainfall, the most we have ever recorded since records began in 1954.

The next wettest year we have on record was 2002, during which we recorded 979.8 mm of rain.

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It’s official, Hutton hosts Aberdeen’s tallest tree

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The Sitka Spruce stands at 44 m-tall, making it the tallest tree in Aberdeen, according to the UK Tree Registry.

Aberdeen is blessed with many fine trees, but a recent hunch has led to one being measured – and discovered to be the city’s tallest.

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Call for small-scale poultry keepers to help develop bird flu advice

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Small-scale poultry keepers are being invited by The James Hutton Institute to workshops to discuss poultry care and bird flu.

The aim is to share ideas about ways to help keepers of small-scale flocks make informed poultry management decisions to better prevent outbreaks of diseases like bird flu in their flocks.

A number of events are being held, with one already run in Huntly. A second will be run in Glenrothes, in Fife, on Thursday, February 8, and a third in Lerwick, Shetland, on Thursday, February 22. .

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Digital independence or disempowerment for our rural older people?

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We all have an older family member who we’ve tried – and failed – to persuade to use aids, from walking sticks to hearing aids, that we think would make their lives easier.

When they live further away from us, or more remotely, offering support can be even harder and it’s becoming an increasing issue. The number of people living alone aged over 65 is expected to increase 18% by 2028 and 42% by 2043, to nearly 500,000 people.

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Can we soften the blows of future flooding events?

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Flood defences being build at Stonehaven

By Professor Marc Stutter

Major flood events cause significant and long-lasting disruption to lives.

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Introducing Scottish scientists using environmental DNA

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.