It was the year that the deadliest outbreak of ebola started in West Africa and began to spread, the year that Russian conflict in Ukraine and Crimea raised global tensions and the year that a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur destined for Beijing vanished – just four months before a different, unrelated Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down near the Ukrainian border.
FEATURE: Concern about climate change will ‘only grow’ in 2020, says Perth-based RSGS chief executive Mike Robinson
Mike Robinson, chief executive of the Perth-based Royal Scottish Geographic Society, tells Michael Alexander why 2020 is a ‘significant year for sustainability’.
From uprisings across the Arab world and the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and Kim Jong-il, to a magnitude-nine earthquake that shook north-eastern Japan unleashing a savage tsunami, 2011 was a tumultuous year worldwide.
It was a year that saw a number of notable deaths, including Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela and Hugo Chavez, the Pope's resignation and a meteorite crash in Russia.
It was the year that the Queen celebrated 60 years on the throne, the UK basked in the reflected glory of its Olympic and Paralympic athletes and the US re-elected Barack Obama as president.
It was the year that David Cameron and Nick Clegg joined forces at Westminster to send Labour’s Gordon Brown packing and when thousands of US embassy cables by Julian Assange’s Wikileaks website caused global controversy.
Michael Alexander meets Fife-raised former soldier and private security expert Tam Carroll who has plans for a horse therapy centre in Perthshire for forces veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Courage and tragedy: The Perthshire woman who married a German anti-Nazi spy during the Second World War
Michael Alexander hears the dramatic link between a Perthshire woman and German anti-Nazi espionage during the Second World War.
As Perth officially launches its bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021, Michael Alexander looks at some of the other candidates in the running.
When it was reported recently that a giant iceberg twice the size of Luxembourg has broken off an ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula and is now adrift in the Weddell Sea, it was not much of a surprise to freelance wildlife and documentary cameraman Doug Allan.