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Environmental Performance of Local Authorities in 2021 – report

Environmental Performance of Local Authorities in 2021 - report The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published its report on the environmental performance of local authorities in 2021. The report shows that the scale of environmental enforcement work carried out by local authorities is significant. In 2021, over 500 local authority staff handled almost 81,000 complaints and carried out o...
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What role can Europe’s land and marine habitats play in carbon storage and sequestration?

What role can Europe’s land and marine habitats play in carbon storage and sequestration? What is the carbon storage and sequestration potential of Europe’s many land and marine habitats? A first scoping analysis, published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA), found that forests and wetlands can play an important role in storing carbon but doing so should take account of potential impa...
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Urban sprawl continues at the cost of nature in Europe

Urban sprawl continues at the cost of nature in Europe Land take and the sealing of soil with asphalt, concrete or buildings increased in Europe’s urban areas from 2012 to 2018, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment, published today. Increasing land take and soil sealing make Europe’s ecosystems less resilient, with negative impacts on biodiversity and weaker potential for c...
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EPA Year in Review 2021

EPA Year in Review 2021 The EPA recently published its Year in Review highlighting achievements during 2021. Published with the report are the results of an EPA/Red C survey gauging public attitudes toward the environment. For the fourth year running climate change was identified by the public as the top environmental issue facing Ireland. The survey finding that 86 per cent of people agree th...
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National Parks and Wildlife Service unfit to protect environment, review finds

National Parks and Wildlife Service unfit to protect environment, review finds The State agency charged with protecting the natural environment, including habitat and biodiversity in national parks, protected sites and nature reserves, is not fit for the task, according to a Government-commissioned report.  The Review of the National Parks and Wildlife Service found that while staff were “dedicat...
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Ireland should have a dedicated environmental court

Ireland should have a dedicated environmental court Ireland should have a dedicated environmental court along the lines of the Workplace Relations Commission or the Residential Tenancies Board, lawyers said at a Climate Bar Association (CBA) symposium on Friday (21 January).  The association presented a report recommending a specialist environmental- relations commission, which would act as a m...
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Impact of land use on vegetation productivity in Europe

Impact of land use on vegetation productivity in Europe Ecosystem degradation threatens biodiversity and resilience to climate change, and tackling it is a major goal of EU environmental policy. Vegetation productivity is a key indicator of ecosystem condition and can be used to monitor the effects of climate, land use and land use change. From 2000 to 2016, productivity in Europe showed a region...
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What is harming Europe’s nature?

What is harming Europe’s nature? European nature is suffering the consequences of long-term exploitation and pollution. Nature keeps providing us with food, clothes, medicines, housing, energy and other resources, but ecosystems and many plants and animals are in decline, sometimes being pushed to extinction. What are the human activities that harm nature the most and how can we stop and revers...
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EU Environmental Agenda and implications for environmental governance in Ireland.

EU Environmental Agenda and implications for environmental governance in Ireland. The implementation of a sustainable growth strategy that increases human welfare without compromising the ecological limits of the planet requires oversight, a framework of accountability, and the introduction of policy tools to govern environmental management. Governance is one of the most important factors for ens...
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EEA Signals 2021 — Europe’s nature

EEA Signals 2021 — Europe’s nature Europe continues to lose biodiversity at an alarming rate, with many species, habitats and ecosystems in Europe threatened by intensive agriculture, urban sprawl, pollution, unsustainable forestry, invasive alien species and climate change. Recent assessments by the European Environment Agency show that most protected species and habitats do not currently have a...
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