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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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Environmental rights must be preserved in the Constitution

Environmental rights must be preserved in the Constitution The Government should deliver on its promise to convene a Citizens’ Assembly on biodiversity loss – this would provide an opportune forum to discuss the insertion of environmental rights into the Constitution.  Over two years ago – on May 9th, 2019 – the Dáil declared a climate and biodiversity emergency and called for the Citizens’ Assem...
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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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Lower impacts on environment due to the pandemic – EEA Annual Report

Lower impacts on environment due to the pandemic - EEA Annual Report The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest environmental performance evaluation, published today, shows that the Agency’s work and operations in 2020 led to considerably lower impacts on the environment due mostly to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The evaluation showed substantially lower consumption of elec...
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G7 Climate and Environment: Ministers’ Communiqué

G7 Climate and Environment: Ministers’ Communiqué, 21st May As we continue to address the ongoing pandemic, we acknowledge with grave concern that the unprecedented and interdependent crises of climate change and biodiversity loss pose an existential threat to nature, people, prosperity and security. We recognise that some of the key drivers of global biodiversity loss and climate change are the ...
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EU Commission adopts EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil”

EU Commission adopts EU Action Plan: "Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil" The European Commission adopted the EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil” today – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal and the main topic of this year's EU Green Week. It sets out an integrated vision for 2050: a world where pollution is reduced to levels that are no longer har...
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McGuinness green label initiative angers environmental groups

McGuinness green label initiative angers environmental groups Ireland’s European commissioner Mairead McGuinness launched an initiative to create an EU labelling system for green investments on Wednesday that is closely watched by the finance industry but has been hit by criticism from environmental groups.  The so-called EU taxonomy is a classification system for identifying environmentally sust...
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Farm growth has come at expense of the environment

Farm growth has come at expense of the environment EU regulations for farmers haven’t prevented water quality deterioration, and further action is required, says the Environmental Protection Agency.  In its recent submission on the fourth review of Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme (NAP), the EPA said water quality problems are not just a concern for the more intensive farms but are relevant to...
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