Environmentally important coastal sand dunes on Donald Trump’s Scottish golf course in Aberdeenshire have been ruined, despite the fact that Trump promised to guard them.The dunes “might be there endlessly,” Trump vowed in 2008 to quell considerations about his new course. “This might be environmentally higher after [the course] is constructed than it’s earlier than.”However late final 12 months officers introduced that the dunes had misplaced their standing as a protected environmental web site as a result of that they had been partially destroyed.Following development of the Trump Worldwide Golf Hyperlinks north of Aberdeen, the dunes now not “advantage being retained as a part of the positioning of particular scientific curiosity,” declared Scotland’s nature company NatureScot.“There’s now now not a purpose to guard the dunes … as they don’t embody sufficient of the particular, pure options for which they have been designated,” mentioned the company.The drastic change was already vividly obvious in overhead photographs of the Foveran Hyperlinks dunes in 2019 (see clip above).It’s much more dramatic in earlier than and after photographs of the dunes from 2010 and 2021 obtained by Enterprise Insider that may be seen right here.NatureScot referred to as the dunes as soon as “a really high-quality instance of a sand dune system attribute of northeast Scotland, and was of outstanding significance for the wide range of coastal landforms and processes.”When the dunes misplaced their particular designation, Bob Ward, the coverage and communications director on the London College of Economics’ Local weather Change Analysis Institute, advised The Guardian: “This can be a bitterly disappointing resolution, which reveals that golf nonetheless trumps the atmosphere on the subject of Scotland’s pure heritage.”Trump claimed he would “stabilize” the dunes, which apparently meant constructing on them. However that stopped the pure motion of the dunes as they reply to environmental fluctuations, Ward advised Enterprise Insider. “Basically what they’ve carried out is that they’ve simply killed it as a pure atmosphere,” he mentioned.Trump’s vow that his Aberdeenshire course and a second one at Turnberry would deliver welcome financial advantages to the realm have additionally fallen flat. The filings, overlaying 2019, didn’t but mirror the business-downturn toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless of the losses, the Trump Group has reported huge outlays on the properties over time. It additionally has received approval to construct a 500-unit housing improvement at a value of $185 million subsequent to the membership in Aberdeenshire, which it supposed to pursue, in keeping with the most recent submitting. The resort losses are so astronomical that the operations have raised suspicions of cash laundering. These suspicions have landed the programs on the heart of an ongoing Scottish authorized battle. World activist group Avaaz has filed a court docket motion to press the Scottish authorities to wield its popularly recognized “McMafia” regulation to drive Trump to disclose the mysterious sources for his all-cash purchases and improvement of his Scottish golf resorts. On the time of Trump’s purchases, he was closely in debt and banks have been reluctant to mortgage cash to him.Accounting for the president’s Scottish resorts is uncommon as a result of Trump is the creditor for his personal companies, which implies fee for lots of the resorts’ prices movement to the Trump Group.The round movement of cash within the Trump firms gives a chance for cash laundering, The New Yorker enterprise author Adam Davidson has steered. He referred to as the resorts “cash disappearing” operations.Trump “owns the asset, lends the cash, owes the cash, is owed the cash,” Davidson defined. “Yearly, Trump lends hundreds of thousands to himself, spends all that cash on one thing, and claims the asset is price all the cash he spent.”Trump Group officers couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.