Environmental groups have claimed Scotland's natural environment and wildlife are in "serious trouble". A total of 23 organisations compiled the "Responses for Nature" report and have now called on the Scottish government to take urgent action. The organisations, which include RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, said conservation laws need to be fully implemented.
The report is a follow up to the 2013 State Of Nature UK-wide report, which warned that 60% of 3,148 species studied had declined in past 50 years, and 31% had declined strongly. More than one in 10 of all species assessed were under threat of disappearing from the UK's shores altogether.
Stuart Housden, director of RSPB Scotland, said: "In 2013, our State of Nature report demonstrated that nature was in serious trouble. As NGOs, we naturally asked ourselves 'What should be done about that?'
Housden may well place his faith and trust in government action. The Socialist Courier blog confidently predict that he (or his successor) will be mourning the failure of those recommendations and lamenting over the inaction of governments to protect Nature against the encroachments of commerce. We advise Housden to seek out an alternative economic system if he wishes to have Nature conservancy as a priority.