A retrograde act

RSGS Chief Executive Mike Robinson writes about why the Scottish Government's plans to remove the 2030 emissions reduction target is an incredibly retrograde step, and undermines years of climate leadership in this country. Read more

Introducing Clare Hamilton, new RSGS Deputy CEO

We are delighted introduce our new Deputy Chief Executive, Clare Hamilton, a specialist in international environmental law and policy. Learn more about Clare in our latest blog! Read more

Take heart – around the world, people want to see action on climate change

Why doesn’t anyone care about climate change as much as I do? It’s so easy to think this (and for this feeling to be backed up by the prevailing narrative in the media), and then to despair. But actually, take heart - because it’s wrong. Read more

The Cost of Climate Action and Inaction

With the release of this week's Scottish Fiscal Commission report, RSGS Chief Executive Mike Robinson reflects on why it is clear that the cost of damage from climate change is going to grow exponentially, unless we take greater steps to avoid it. Read more

Three women explorers who tore up the rule book

On International Women's Day, we look at three remarkable women travellers, Isabella Bird, Mary Kingsley and Isobel Wylie Hutchison, who lived life according to their own rules, and made a great success of it. Read more

The path to net zero: regulatory changes in Scotland’s built environment

Stephen Boyle from Zero Waste Scotland explores the key regulatory changes proposed by industry experts to reduce carbon in Scotland’s buildings and infrastructure, and how they can contribute to achieving net zero targets. Read more

The Turkey and Syria earthquakes - a year on

The Disasters Emergency Committee consider how Turkey and Syria continue to cope with the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes that hit both countries a year ago. Read more

Remembering Shackleton

On the 150th anniversary of Shackleton’s birth, we take a look back at one of his first lectures to RSGS Read more

Curriculum Design: Learning for Sustainability

Following our third webinar on educational reform, which focussed on Learning for Sustainability, we report on the results from discussions and feedback. Read more

Memorable Maps: Blaauwildebeeeste and its environs

"With the aid of a map, it provided not only pace and pleasure, but, critically, also captured a sense of place..." RSGS Collections Team Member Kenneth Maclean considers how maps enhance our reading and understanding of novels by looking at the world captured in John Buchan's 1910 novel 'Prester John'. Read more

HRH The Princess Royal visits the geographic heart of Scotland

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the Fair Maid’s House in Perth on Tuesday, for a special event hosted by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) with the Heart of Arabia Expedition Team. Read more

Celebrating 140 years in 14 quotes

In 2024, we’re celebrating the 140th anniversary of RSGS. To begin this special year, Jo Woolf has chosen 14 quotes by some of the fascinating people connected with RSGS, either as founder members, award recipients or guest speakers. Read more

Curriculum Design: Interdisciplinary Learning

Following our second webinar on educational reform, which focussed on interdisciplinary learning, RSGS Education Committee Chair Alastair McConnell reports on the findings from discussion and feedback from the meeting. Read more

Geographic Horizons: Reflecting on 2023 at RSGS

With only a couple of weeks left of 2023, it’s the time of the year where we take a moment to reflect on the last 12 months at RSGS and everything our small charity has achieved... Read more

All 28 Eggs in one COP basket

A global problem, like climate change needs a global solution and global agreement - it needs everybody pulling in roughly the same direction. The COP process has always been glacially slow and to some degree flawed, but it’s the only process we have, and we have come to over expect and over rely on it... Read more

“…if you go down to the woods today…”

In this photo essay, Ted Leeming explores current forestry policy, practices and management in the UK & Scotland in 2023. Read more

J Norman Collie: from a chemistry lab to the Columbian Icefield

RSGS Writer-in-Residence reflects on the life of climber and pioneering chemist J Norman Collie, who made the first neon display tubes. Read more

Curriculum Design – a programme for discussion and feedback.

Following our first webinar on educational reform, RSGS Education Committee Chair Alastair McConnell reports on the findings from discussion and feedback and the recommendations for curriculum change. Read more

Professor Laurence Tubiana FRSGS: RSGS Shackleton Medallist

Chief Executive of the European Climate Foundation and leading academic Professor Laurence Tubiana spoke at The University of Edinburgh on Friday 27th November, at a special event hosted by RSGS, where she was awarded with Honorary Fellowship of the Society and the prestigious RSGS Shackleton Medal for her work as an internationally recognized leader in the global climate arena. Read more