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New factsheet on the execution of ECHR judgments concerning environment

New factsheet on the execution of ECHR judgments concerning environment Although the European Convention on Human Rights does not contain an explicit right to a clean and quiet environment, the Court has developed its case-law and established that where an individual is directly and seriously affected by noise or other pollution, an issue may arise under the Convention. The Court has underlin...
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How Environment influences health in Europe – report

Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).Improving the health and well-being of European citizens is more importa...
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CSO publishes Environmental Indicators Ireland 2020 report

Recently the Central Statistics Office released its Environmental Indicators Report for 2020.  The Green News has summarised the main points  (note that while this report has “2020” in the title, the data in it predominantly sheds light on 2018 and 2019 trends. Data takes a while to collect, so we won’t have the breakdown on trends for 2020 until 2021/2022): Environmental Disimprovements T...
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How Environmentally friendly are Biodegradable products – EEA briefing

Biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastic products like shopping bags, packaging or drinking cups are being increasingly promoted as greener solution than traditional plastic products for consumers. But how environmentally-friendly are they? A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing released today says clearer labelling and better public awareness will improve the correct disposal of the...
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Environment group launches legal challenge over ‘alien’ tree species planting

An environmental protection group has launched a High Court challenge against a decision to allow what it claims is an “alien species” of tree to be planted at a site in Co Leitrim.  The action has been brought by the Save Leitrim Group (Save Leitrim Environmental and Biodiversity Group CLG), which claims the decision to allow Sitka Spruce to be grown at a forestry development on a 13.3-hectare si...
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Nearly half of EU actions against Ireland last year related to Environmental Issues

The European Commission opened 38 cases against Ireland for infringements of EU law last year, according to its annual report on the enforcement of EU law.  Throughout the EU, the commission said the number of open infringement cases last year was stable, but new cases were up 20%.  More than half of all infringement proceedings in 2019 were related to the late transposition of EU directives, alth...
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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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Targeted climate and environmental actions needed for long term improvement says EPA

The EPA has published its Greenhouse Gas emissions projections for the period 2019-2040 (8th July). They show Ireland can meet our current EU target to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 30% by 2030.  This would require full implementation of the measures in the 2019 Climate Action Plan and would result in 3% average annual emissions reductions from 2021 to 2030. Commenting on the figures Laura...
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Establishment of a Specialised Planning and Environmental Court Proposed

The Programme for Government agreed between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party includes provision for the establishment of a dedicated Planning and Environmental Law List as a separate division of the High Court. This was a manifesto commitment of the Green Party and its inclusion in the Programme for Government represents a very significant potential development in relation to Irish plann...
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Need to integrate environmental policy across Government – research

New Research by NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute has shown Irish policymakers can respond in fast and imaginative ways when put under pressure by disruptive crises. However, it shows failure to plan for long-term environmental challenges. Known as the EPIIC (Environmental Policy Integration: Innovation and Change) project, which was funded by the EPA, the initiative explores how well environmental p...
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