People are being urged by Scotland's new chief scientific adviser to overcome their fears and embrace genetically modified (GM) food as an answer to poverty, hunger and toxic pollution.
Professor Anne Glover, herself a genetic engineer, is urging consumers to ignore labels like "Frankenstein foods" because they are misleading and damaging. The potential benefits of GM crops are "huge", she says, and the risks "extremely small".
A huge and ever-growing mountain of rubbish is being produced by Scottish ministers despite their promises to cut back on waste, the Sunday Herald can reveal.
The amount of paper, plastics and metal thrown away by the Scottish Executive is rising faster than waste from households, and has hit record high levels. Yet at the same time ministers are urging members of the public to reduce the amount of waste they create.
The year 2006 is on track for becoming the hottest - and one of the wettest - ever recorded in Scotland, according to new data from the Met Office.
This autumn has been the warmest ever recorded in Scotland, and July was the warmest month since records began in 1914. November was also the wettest on record, with 244mm (10 inches) of rain falling - weather that has persisted well into December.
A deer population explosion is causing carnage on Scotland's roads, killing up to 10,000 deer every year and injuring more than 70 people, some seriously.
A study to be published tomorrow by the government's Deer Commission for Scotland (DCS) will reveal the suffering caused by vehicles crashing into the animals across the country. People have been killed, and deer often have to endure "a slow and painful death by the side of the road".
New arrangements for finding an underground nuclear waste dump in Britain risk failure because ministers have ignored a recommendation from their official advisers to put an independent body in charge.
Every minute of every day a British submarine armed with up to 48 nuclear warheads, each capable of destroying a city, is on patrol somewhere under the world's oceans. And that's how Tony Blair wants it to stay.
On 29 June this year there was a fire at Britain's nuclear bomb factor at Aldermaston in Berkshire. Radioactivity leaked, three workers were contaminated and a building was evacuated.
The incident, which has not been publicised before, was caused by spontaneous combustion. Plutonium and uranium, as well as being potential nuclear explosives, have the unfortunate habit of bursting into flames on contact with air.