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River water quality dips due to ‘set dates’ for slurry spreading

River water quality dips due to ‘set dates’ for slurry spreading River water quality has fallen sharply because farmers are forced to spread slurry between set dates and not when it is safest to do so, the Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has said.  Speaking at the Oireachtas agriculture committee, the group’s chief executive Michael Moroney said current rules are not...
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New indicator on pesticides in European waters

New indicator on pesticides in European waters The EEA has published a new indicator that tracks findings of pesticides in Europe’s rivers, lakes and groundwaters. The data, collected from EEA member countries across Europe, shows the share of water bodies where excessive levels of pesticides have been recorded from 2013 to 2019. The data are limited to those pesticides reported by countries to E...
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Irish people very concerned about air pollution – CSO

Irish people very concerned about air pollution - CSO Most Irish households have serious concerns about water and air pollution but fewer than a third would support traffic restrictions or congestion charges to fight the problem.  By contrast, nearly three quarters favour stricter controls on industrial and energy-production activities, a new survey from the Central Statistics Office reveals. ...
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Water pollution, scarcity, and flooding threats require urgent global attention, report warns

Water pollution, scarcity, and flooding threats require urgent global attention, report warns Urgent steps to reduce the risks of water pollution, flooding, and drought are needed right across the world as part of broader measures to increase climate resilience, a major new University of Oxford-led research project has warned. The report, released last week by the University's research program...
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Industrial pollutant releases to water in Europe indicator

Industrial pollutant releases to water in Europe indicator Between 2010 and 2019, industrial releases to Europe’s water bodies of pollutants that are damaging to human health and the environment declined overall. Releases of heavy metals declined significantly, while emissions of nitrogen and phosphorus, which cause eutrophication, declined to a lesser extent. In the same period, the economic val...
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Water Quality in 2020: An Indicators Report

Water Quality in 2020: An Indicators Report The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the Water Quality in 2020: An Indicators Report, which provides an assessment of the quality of Ireland’s rivers, lakes, estuaries and groundwaters.  The main threat to water quality is high nutrient levels, such as phosphorus and nitrogen which come from human activities. Many rivers, groundwaters...
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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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Inland Fisheries appeal to farmers to avoid water pollution

Inland Fisheries Ireland has issued an appeal to farmers to remain vigilant during the fertiliser spreading season to avoid water pollution and the loss of nutrients or other chemicals into rivers, lakes and other watercourses. The appeal comes on the back of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s preliminary collation of fish kill data for 2019 which indicate that 20 fish kills were recorded nationally (a...
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Only 16% of waterways in Ireland are clean – report

A survey conducted by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows that only 16% of coastal areas and waterways are clean, with the River Tolka, the River Barrow and Cork Harbour being 'heavily littered'.  The survey found that while the majority of Irish towns are clean, its beaches and waterways are not. The business group studied 42 beaches, harbours and river areas around the country....
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Nitrate pollution concerns halt housebuilding in UK

Five local authorities in the Solent area have put a hold on determining planning applications for new housing as a result of advice from Natural England about nitrate pollution. Following two rulings by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the ‘Dutch Case’ (C-293/17 and C-294/17) and ‘People Over Wind’ (C-323/17), Natural England has advised local planning authorities in the Solent area...
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