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Industrial pollutant releases to air in Europe

Industrial pollutant releases to air in Europe Industrial releases of air pollutants that damage human health and the environment decreased between 2010 and 2020 in Europe. Emissions of greenhouse gases (e.g. carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulphur oxides (SOx)) and other pollutants (e.g. nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM10) and heavy metals) all declined significantly. However, the value ...
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Dáil passes Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill

Dáil passes Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill The Dáil has passed the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, with 129 TDs supporting the Bill and 10 opposing it in the final stage vote. Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, said the Bill is going to change everything for the better, and it will be good for farmers.  He said the plan will secur...
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Legislation to impose strict carbon-emission limits to be in place by Christmas

Legislation to impose strict carbon-emission limits to be in place by Christmas Legislation to impose strict five-yearly carbon-emission limits on transport, agriculture, energy suppliers and business will be in place by Christmas and in operation from next year, following an agreement among Ministers, it has emerged.  The Cabinet last week approved the heads of the Climate Action (Amendment) B...
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Sharpest decrease of the decade in EU’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, pre COVID.

The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) preliminary data on the European Union’s (EU) greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 show close to a 4 % decrease, compared with 2018. The only time EU emissions decreased more since 1990 was during to the economic crisis in 2009. In addition, new EEA data for 2019 show that EU stays on track to end the use of chemicals harming the ozone layer. The EEA’s approx...
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Ireland to set annual emissions goals to reach 2050 carbon neutrality

Ireland’s new coalition government has set itself an ambitious goal to deliver steep greenhouse gas emissions cuts every year to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.  Under the coalition agreement, the three parties committed to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by an average 7% per year, adding up to 51% by 2030. They promised to enshrine in law a target to reach net zero emissions by 205...
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Committing to climate-neutrality by 2050: EU Commission proposes European Climate Law & consults on European Climate Pact

The European Commission presented a proposal yesterdaey to enshrine in legislation the EU's political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050, to protect the planet and our people. The European Climate Law sets the 2050 target and the direction of travel for all EU policy, and gives predictability for public authorities, businesses and citizens. At the same time, the Commission is launching a pub...
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Government seeks public views on decarbonising by 2050

The Government is seeking the public views on how best to decarbonise Ireland beyond 2030 that are in line with its commitment to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.  The process asks key questions on how best to transform the economy, and retrofit almost all buildings in the country to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and to make them energy efficient within three decades.  It also seeks views ...
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Climate Action Plan 2019 – What is its Impact on Real Estate?

The Irish government has released a Climate Action Plan for 2019, which includes targets and measures for reducing greenhouse gases in the real estate sector. This article assesses those targets and how the government proposes to meet them and how they will affect the built environment in Ireland. Retro fitting The government aims to retrofit 500,000 existing properties by 2030 by replacing oil ...
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Breathing polluted air ‘ups risk of depression and mental issues’

Living in an area with high air pollution increases the chance of suffering from a major mental illness or depression, scientists have discovered.  In the biggest study ever, published in the journal 'PLOS Biology', looking into a link between emissions and neuropsychiatric disorders, researchers compared 151 million health insurance records with pollution statistics across the US. The team ...
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How Bad are Private Jets for the Environment?

With the conversation around climate change hotting up in recent months, more attention than ever is being paid to the way we travel.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have come under fire for taking four trips by private jet in 11 days – with celebrities quick to step forward and defend the royal couple – while teenage activist Greta Thunberg’s decision to reach A...
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