Scottish environmental statistics published
The Scottish Executive has released the first in what will be an annual summary of environmental trends. The data cover areas such as energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water and air quality as well as radioactive discharges, waste, land use, and several indicators relating to biodiversity. They paint a mixed picture of Scotland's environment; for example, the percentage of drinking water containing coliforms dropped from 7% in 1991 to 1.5% in 1996/7; however the length of rivers classified as excellent has declined slightly in recent years. See environmental statistics website.