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Microplastics found in 90% of protected Irish marine environments – study

Microplastics found in 90% of protected Irish marine environments – study Mircoplastics have been documented in over 90 per cent of Ireland’s protected marine environments in the first major study aimed at understanding the true extent of pollution around the entire coast.   Of 87 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs), 79 were found to have the man-made material...
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96% of bathing areas meet cleanliness standards – EPA

96% of bathing areas meet cleanliness standards - EPA Bathing water quality improved in 2020 compared to the previous year with 96% of bathing areas meeting or exceeding the minimum standard for cleanliness, according to the latest annual report from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has called on Irish Water to make "improvements" in urban wastewater systems in an attempt to cut ...
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Environmental coalition ‘reluctantly’ withdraws from agri-food committee

Environmental coalition ‘reluctantly’ withdraws from agri-food committee Ireland’s coalition of environmental groups has “reluctantly withdrawn” from the Agri-Food 2030 Strategy Committee having concluded a draft strategy “is woefully inadequate to meet the social and environmental challenges we face”.  The Environmental Pillar (EP) had been a member of the Department of Agriculture-established c...
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Council continues to monitor environmental impact of ship grounded off Cork coast a year ago

Council continues to monitor environmental impact of ship ground off Cork coast a year ago Cork County Council has said it is continuing to monitor the potential environmental and ecological impact of the MV Alta, a wrecked cargo ship grounded in Ballyandreane, Ballycotton. The vessel was grounded on February 16 of last year. Since then, the council said it has been working on a series of actions...
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UNEP 2020 Work Highlights on Climate, Biodiversity, Nature, Pollution and Waste

UNEP 2020 Work Highlights on Climate, Biodiversity, Nature, Pollution and Waste In 2020, as COVID-19 disrupted the world, UNEP responded to immediate environmental impacts of the pandemic, while supporting a green recovery and pushing even harder to address the planetary emergency. Executive Director, Inger Andersen, shares highlights from UNEP’s work on the climate crisis, the biodiversity and n...
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Moving towards zero pollution in Europe – EEA report

Moving towards zero pollution in Europe - EEA report What is pollution and how does it affect us and the environment? Europe is taking action to reduce pollution and, as part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission put forward a zero-pollution ambition for Europe. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published today, looks at the pollution challenge in Europe from differe...
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What drives firms’ decisions to spend on environmental protection?

The ESRI have produced a working paper examining factors underlying firms’ capital and current expenditures on environmental protection. Using micro data from Ireland’s industry sector over the period 2008-2016, they analyse a range of such factors including firm haracteristics, environmental regulations, competition and spillover effects from firms with investment and spending on environmental...
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EPA takes Cork County Council to court for allowing ‘dangerous’ level of polluted liquid to build up at landfill site

Cork County Council has appeared in court charged with allowing a build up of potentially explosive gas and an accumulation of a "dangerous" level of polluted liquid at a Carrigtwohill landfill site.  The local authority admitted it has not burned off gas arising from the East Cork Landfill Site in line with its responsibilities as site licence holder. The Environmental Protection Agency - t...
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Breakthrough Could Remove Polluting Materials from Environment

Trinity chemists have created a new self-assembling 2D material that could remove polluting and hazardous materials from the environment, a breakthrough that could help spur advancements in health and technology.  The new technology, whose lead author was Prof Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson from the College’s School of Chemistry, could make it possible to remove polluting and hazardous material...
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North Cork Creameries Co-operative pleads guilty to polluting Allow River

North Cork Creameries Co-operative Ltd received the benefit of the Probation of Offenders Act following a guilty plea on two charges under fisheries and local government legislation at a sitting of Mallow District Court on Tuesday, 17th September.  The charges followed an investigation by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) in relation to a pollution incident, which occurred on the River Allow at Kan...
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