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Green Deal – EU Commission adopts new Chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment

EU Commission adopts new chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment. Today, the European Commission adopted the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Strategy is the first step towards a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal. The Strategy will boost innovation for safe and sustainable chemicals, and increase protection of human ...
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Sharp increase in dumping and ‘backyard burning’ during lockdown, says EPA

Sharp increase in dumping and ‘backyard burning’ during lockdown, says EPA A sharp rise in household waste generated during the Covid-19 lockdown led to big increases in illegal dumping and “backyard burning”, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report Ireland in the Pandemic - Environmental Observations.  Enquiries to the EPA website increased four-fold during the lockdown per...
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Emissions of most harmful air pollutants dropped in 2018 – EEA Report

Emissions of the five most harmful air pollutants, including particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and ammonia (NH3) reduced across the European Union between 2017 and 2018 according to updated data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The data is from the annual EU emission inventory report sent to the UNECE Air Convention (Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air ...
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New EU report points to worsening Irish agriculture environmental credentials – An Taisce

Ireland is failing to limit escalating levels of dangerous ammonia air pollution due to continuing dairy intensification and excessive use of nitrogen from fertiliser and feeds. Due to government inaction on this issue, An Taisce has lodged a legal infringement complaint to the European Commission on the continued and increasing breach of the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (2016/2284/EU) on ...
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The crucial link between air pollution and biodiversity loss

The visual impact that air pollution is having on the natural environment may not be obvious to the untrained eye, but from the abundance of stinging nettles on the side of the road to the lack of bugs splattered on your car windscreen, biodiversity loss is real and it is getting worse.  In the UK alone, 15% of all species are threatened with extinction and 41% of species have declined in abundanc...
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Most EU Member States not on track to reduce air pollution by 2030

The assessment of Member States' first programmes of measures to control air emissions finds that the implementation of the new European clean air rules needs improvement. Member States need to step up efforts across all sectors to make sure their citizens can breathe clean air, preventing respiratory diseases and premature death caused by polluted air. EU Commissioner for the Environment, F...
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Ireland’s Air Pollutant Emissions 1990-2030: EPA Report

The EPA has published (June 4) its Ireland's Air Pollutant Emissions 1990 -2030 Report which provides details of emissions of air pollutants in Ireland in the period 1990 to 2018 and projected emissions of these pollutants for 2020 and 2030. The report focuses on the five key pollutants with emission ceilings (limits) for which Ireland has compliance commitments under the National Emissions Cei...
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Air pollution levels have plummeted, but will we take heed of the lessons?

Air pollution levels and warming gases are showing significant drops worldwide as Covid-19 shuts down entire regions.  In particular, at one of the world’s most famous tourist spots, fish were seen for the first time years in cleaner and clearer waters in Venice’s canals as tourism halted. Satellite images have also been circulating showing how the scale of the powerful lockdowns have reduced a...
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Air pollution ‘pandemic’ shortens lives by three years – study

A "pandemic" of air pollution shortens lives worldwide by nearly three years on average, and causes 8.8 million premature deaths annually, according to a new international study by leading scientists. Eliminating the toxic cocktail of molecules and lung-clogging particles cast off by burning oil, gas and coal would restore a full year of life expectancy, they reported in the journal Cardiovascular...
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Dublin pledges to improve air quality by 2030

Dublin has become the first city in the country to sign up to a global campaign to improve air quality levels by 2030.  The region's four local authorities have backed the BreatheLife campaign in what has been described as a "rare joint pledge".   Dublin's Deputy Lord Mayor, Tom Brabazon told RTÉ News the city has to take action now to protect the health of citizens.  ...
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