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Pollinators: importance for nature, drivers of decline and the need for monitoring

Pollinators provide many significant benefits to humankind and the environment. However, there is an ongoing and dramatic decline in the number and diversity of pollinating species in Europe and around the world. Pollinating species include bees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths, and some vertebrate species such as birds and bats. Many pollinator species are extinct or threatened with extinction....
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Rivers Monitoring Programme

Ireland has more than 73,000 km of river channels. If placed end-to-end, they could encircle the Earth almost twice.  Three-quarters of these channels are very small streams that typically flow into larger rivers. The longest and largest river in Ireland is the Shannon. It runs for more than 360 km from its source to the sea and discharges on average more than 200,000 litres of water per second...
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River flow monitoring

Verde Environmental Consultant's Donal Hogan, Senior Hydrogeologist monitoring the river flows on the Dungourney River in Midleton, Co. Cork to run calibration checks on the automated flow monitoring station on the river on behalf of Midleton Distilleries.  
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Environmental pollution one of main drivers of biodiversity loss

Environmental pollution one of main drivers of biodiversity loss Environmental pollution is one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss.  EU Green Week 2021, taking place from today (Monday, May 31) until Friday (June 4), is putting the spotlight on zero pollution. During this week – which is Europe’s biggest annual event on environmental policy – possibilities to make the EU’s zero pollution am...
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Water outages in Co Kerry after oil leak in River Feale

Water outages in Co Kerry after oil leak in River Feale Authorities in Kerry are trying to identify the source of an oil leak which has entered the River Feale, the main source of water for the Listowel and surrounding North Kerry area, and an important salmon and sea trout river.  The Water Treatment Plant at Dromin was shut down overnight as the oil leak was believed to be close to the water in...
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Many obsolete barriers harm Europe’s rivers – EEA Report

Many obsolete barriers harm Europe's rivers - EEA Report The EU’s biodiversity strategy for 2030 aims to restore at least 25 000 km of free-flowing rivers by 2030, by removing barriers and restoring floodplains and wetlands. The EEA briefing ‘Tracking barriers and their impacts on European river ecosystems’  provides an overview of the density of barriers in Europe’s rivers, their impacts, an...
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Suspected pollution turns Carrowbeg river in Westport into ‘white foaming flood’

Suspected pollution turns Carrowbeg river in Westport into ‘white foaming flood’ An incident in which the Carrowbeg river in Westport, Co Mayo was turned white with foam from suspected detergent, is being investigated by Inland Fisheries Ireland.  No major fish kills have been reported but the incident has prompted the fisheries body, which operates under the remit of the Department of Environmen...
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Third of Irish rivers and a quarter of lakes fail water quality standards

Third of Irish rivers and a quarter of lakes fail water quality standards More than a third of Irish rivers and a quarter of lakes are failing to meet environmental quality standards due to high levels of polluting nitrates and phosphates, according to a new assessment.  The Environmental Protection Agency’s report for 2019 finds that more than a fifth of groundwater, which is a critical source o...
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If Rivers Could Talk

Water is often undervalued by civil society, yet our very existence is dependent on a continuous supply of fresh water. Human activities linked to population growth, food production, industrialisation and land use changes have damaged our natural waters.  If rivers could talk, what story would they tell and how would they view humans and our actions? This is the story told from a rivers’ perspect...
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EPA warns poorly constructed wells & inadequate monitoring of private water supplies = health risk

A report focusing on the quality of private water supplies in Ireland for 2018 was released today by the EPA. The report found that the quality of drinking water in private supplies, which are mostly sourced from wells, is poorer than that in publicly-sourced supplies. One million people in Ireland get their drinking water from a private supply and many more drink water from private supplies in...
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