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Corncrake calls out to Ireland to nurture our ailing environment

Corncrake call out to Ireland to nurture our ailing environment Once the call of the corncrake used to herald the arrival of spring, but today numbers are fading fast, having declined 85% since the 1970s.  There are now only 151 breeding pairs in total along the north coast and west of Ireland. Recent Eurobarometer surveys show that 93% of Irish people want to protect the environment, but ailin...
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Budget 2021: where do climate and biodiversity stand?

Budget 2021 - where do climate and biodiversity stand? The word has really worn itself out this year, but both this Budget and the times we find ourselves in are truly unprecedented.  Clocking in at €24.5 billion in support measures, Budget 2021 is nearly eight times the size of last year’s Budget plan. There is, as to be expected given the disastrous scale and scope of the Covid-19 pandemic, a...
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EU commits to reverse nature loss by 2030 at UN Biodiversity Summit

EU commits to reverse nature loss by 2030 at UN Biodiversity Summit President Ursula von der Leyen last week represented the EU at the UN Biodiversity Summit in New York, which brought together world leaders to step up global actions for nature and confirm their determination in agreeing a new ambitious global biodiversity framework at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention...
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Ireland signs global initiative to halt biodiversity loss

Ireland signs global initiative to halt biodiversity loss Ireland is among the countries who signed up to a global initiative yesterday to halt biodiversity loss just days before an international summit on the issue.  A total of 64 countries and the European Union signed the declaration yesterday, a few days shy of the official opening of the UN Summit on Biodiversity, and committed to “matchin...
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Ireland must make ‘considerable effort’ on wildlife – report

Ireland must make 'considerable effort' on wildlife - report Ireland must make ‘considerable effort’ to protect its wildlife and natural habitats, as a new report shows countries who signed up to an international pledge to protect nature, failed to meet any of their joint targets.  Ireland is among the 194 signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that adopted a set of aims call...
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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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Minister signals resolve to safeguard habitats under EU directive

Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan has said he is determined to address a persistent failure by Ireland to protect habitats under the European Union habitats directive.  It has resulted in the European Commission bringing the State to the European Court of Justice for failure to designate special areas of conservation (Sacs) since the directive came into force in 2014. The action initi...
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Ireland referred to EU Court of Justice over failure to designate Special Areas of Conservation

The European Commission has decided to refer Ireland to the Court of Justice of the EU over its failure to designate Special Areas of Conservation, more than five years after the deadline expired. Under the Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC), Member States must designate Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), with specific conservation objectives and corresponding conservation measures to m...
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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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Rich countries could be asked to pay billions to protect biodiversity

Wealthy nations could be asked to make significant financial contributions to biodiverse countries such as Brazil under proposals put forward during talks on a global agreement, during a meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Rome last week, to halt and reverse biodiversity decline.  Paying countries with life-sustaining ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest billions of poun...
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