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Dáil passes Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill

Dáil passes Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill The Dáil has passed the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, with 129 TDs supporting the Bill and 10 opposing it in the final stage vote. Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, said the Bill is going to change everything for the better, and it will be good for farmers.  He said the plan will secur...
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Ireland won’t meet 2020 greenhouse gas emissions targets – EPA report

Ireland won't meet 2020 greenhouse gas emissions targets - EPA report EPA has published GHG emissions projections for 2020-2040.  These projections show that Ireland will not meet 2013-2020 EU targets for GHG emissions reduction. To achieve 51% emissions reduction by 2030 significant new measures need to be identified & implemented across all sectors. Key Findings Implementation of “A...
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Assessment of the catchments that need reductions in nitrogen concentrations to achieve water quality objectives

Assessment of the catchments that need reductions in nitrogen concentrations to achieve water quality objectives The EPA has carried out an analysis to identify the catchments where nitrogen concentrations are too high to support healthy aquatic ecosystems, or at least Good Ecological Status under the Water Framework Directive.  The reductions in nitrogen in waters that are needed in these catchm...
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What is mica and why are people protesting over it?

What is mica and why are people protesting over it? A protest took place on Tuesday while the Dáil sat at Dublin’s Convention Centre calling for a mica redress scheme for thousands of homeowners in the northwest. What is the controversy about? What is mica? Micas are types of minerals found in the ground and in rocks excavated in quarries. Muscovite, biotite and phlogopite are the three most co...
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EU asks Ireland to explain lack of plan to tackle invasive species

EU asks Ireland to explain lack of plan to tackle invasive species Ireland has been asked by the European Commission to explain why it has not established a plan to tackle invasive species getting into the ecosystem, despite regulations being laid down seven years ago.  Far from being the only offender in the EU, Ireland was among 18 member states cited by the Commission for failing to implement ...
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Water quality tests in Ireland not good enough – real picture a lot worse

Water quality tests in Ireland not good enough - real picture a lot worse Professor Dearbháile Morris and Dr Liam Burke of NUI Galway say the EU-backed water pollution tests being used here do not give an accurate reading. There has been an explosion of sea swimming in Ireland in recent times, and with that comes a demand for the best, up-to-date and detailed information about water quality.  So...
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Worsening soil pollution among planet’s biggest challenges, UN warns

Worsening soil pollution among planet's biggest challenges, UN warns Soil pollution is deteriorating worldwide as a result of unsustainable farming practices and industrial processes, all of which poses a major and growing threat to global food production, human health, and the environment, the United Nations has warned.  A global response to the mounting crisis facing the world's soils is urgent...
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Ireland in non-compliance with the EU National Emissions Ceiling Directive

Ireland in non-compliance with the EU National Emissions Ceiling Directive The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a compliance assessment for emissions of five key air pollutants which impact air quality, health and the environment. The pollutants, which are subject to current and future emissions ceilings under the EU National Emissions Ceiling (NEC) Directive, are: ammo...
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EU’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by nearly 4% in 2019, data shows

EU’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by nearly 4% in 2019, data shows The EU’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by nearly 4% in 2019, data from Europe’s environmental watchdog has shown, as countries met online for the first time in UN climate negotiations.  The fall of 3.8% for EU member states in 2019 brought EU emissions to 24% below 1990 levels – or 26% if carbon sinks are taken into account – acc...
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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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