Learn about the quality of the air around us, and how it is affected by pollutants released into the atmosphere through human activities, such as transport and industry, as well as from natural sources.
The way we live is causing this rapid change in our climate. Learn about how the industries and processes we rely on are the main source of greenhouse-gas emissions, which are causing an increase in the Earth's temperature, and consequent alterations in weather patterns.
Scotland has some of the toughest renewable energy targets in the world to meet our climate change targets. Learn about how much energy Scotland produces and how it is generated.
Learn about why Scotland’s land is a fundamental asset. We grow food and timber on it; we build our houses and roads over it; much of our water filters through and is purified by it; it stores carbon; and it supports a range of habitats and species, some of which are internationally important.
Transport choices make a significant difference to global carbon emissions. Learn about the environmental impacts of different transportation options, and the health implications of our transport choices.
Water is a valuable resource and we have a lot of it in Scotland. Aquaculture is a growing and important industry in Scotland. Learn about the condition of our freshwater and sea, and what you can do to help improve its quality and protect wildlife and habitats.
A list of recommended links to more information about Scotland’s environment.
We have produced videos to help you with data sampling, collection and recording - produced in partnership with Education Scotland and OPAL (Open Air Laboratories)