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Hutton sets targets for net zero emissions

Independent research organisation The James Hutton Institute has set out a target to reach net zero emissions from its activities by 2035.

In its new Climate Action Plan 2035, the Hutton also commits to reach net zero emissions from other indirect sources, such as emissions from suppliers, by 2040.

In addition, it has a target to increase the proportion of its suppliers with net zero emissions targets by 5% of its total spending, year on year.

Aberdeenshire community to help shape new nature schemes

Researchers at The James Hutton Institute are working with a community-owned woodland in Aberdeenshire to explore how people can take a greater role in deciding how solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises are used in their local environments. 

The project, involving Murray Park Community Woodland in Alford, is one of seven across Europe and Scandinavia as part of £4.6 million international project called “COEVOLVERS”.

First Scotland-wide drugs and microplastics test of rivers launched

Environmental scientists at The James Hutton Institute have launched the first nation-wide drug and microplastics test on Scotland’s rivers to help shed light on the increasing mix of pharmaceuticals, chemicals and plastics entering our waters.

The Scottish Government-funded study is testing for a cocktail of chemicals, from pesticides to antidepressants, to help reveal areas of concern, such as rivers or specific contaminants, that need closer monitoring.

Hutton’s director of science becomes Land Commissioner

The James Hutton Institute’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Science Professor Deb Roberts has been appointed to the board of the Scottish Land Commission(SLC).  

The Commission’s role is to stimulate fresh thinking and change in how Scotland, as a nation, owns and uses land, and to advise the Scottish Government on an ongoing programme of land reform.

Dr Alison Lees appointed as the Head of Department for Cell & Molecular Sciences

The James Hutton Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Alison Lees as Head of Department for Cell & Molecular Sciences.

Dr Lees is a senior plant pathologist and previously led the Epidemiology & Disease Control research group within CMS. She has extensive research experience, focusing primarily on the epidemiology, detection, and management of potato diseases. Alison has a particular interest in Integrated Pest Management and has a notable track record in industry collaborative research.

PFAS “forever chemicals” being spread on world’s ski slopes

Skiers keen for slick runs are leaving toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” behind on ski slopes, research by The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen and the University of Graz in Austria has revealed.

Fourteen different types of the chemical, commonly used in ski wax, were found in soils at family skiing spots in the Austrian Alps at levels far higher than in areas not normally used for skiing.

Identifying criminals from a single cell

New advances in single cell DNA profiling, which could make it possible to identify individuals from even the smallest traces, may be used in an innovative criminal justice project.

The project, supported by experts at The James Hutton Institute, is set to explore whether the justice system could use these data to create DNA profiles from complex crime scene evidence.

The project - Single-cell and single molecule analysis for DNA identification (SCAnDi) - has been awarded nearly £625,000 to work with experts across the criminal justice system.

Hutton co-leads major research investment into national land use transformation

The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen is to co-lead a first of its kind consortium of 34 leading research and stakeholder organisations set up to help all four UK administrations address land use and agriculture as a major greenhouse gas emitting sector.

Now available: December 2023 issue of Hutton Highlights

The latest issue of Hutton Highlights, our e-magazine showing how Hutton science is driving the sustainable use of land and natural resources, is now available from our Hutton Highlights pages.

Our December 2023 issue includes:

Scotland’s climate changing faster than predicted

Scotland’s climate is changing faster than scientists predicted, with increasing likelihood of more frequent and more extreme weather events, according to new analysis by The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen.

Experts at the independent research organisation say weather patterns in Scotland have changed substantially since 1960 and that changes that were expected to be seen over the next three decades are already happening.

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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.