Also in the News: Climate change threatens Scottish landmarks and more...

Four stories in brief, including the climate threat to Scottish landmarks, £1.5bn for flood defences and soil biodiversity to be assessed

Edinburgh Castle. Photograph: Jan Kranendonk/123RF
Storm clouds gathering for Scottish landmarks. Photograph: Jan Kranendonk/123RF

Climate change threatens Scotland’s historic sites

Historic Environment Scotland is warning that dozens of famous Scottish historic sites are at very high risk of damage from climate change, including rising sea and storms. According to an exclusive report in the Guardian, a fifth of its 340 most important sites – including castles, abbeys, Neolithic sites and ruins – are in most danger, while a further 70% have been given amber warnings. Other risks to sites include landslides and flooding, both of which are listed as threats to the iconic Edinburgh Castle. (TR)  

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