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Businesses More Dependent On Biodiversity Than Expected

Businesses, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum, are more dependent on nature and biodiversity than previously thought, with approximately $44 trillion of economic value generation - over half the world’s total GDP - moderately or highly dependent on nature and its services, and, as a result, exposed to risks from nature loss. The New Nature Economy Report, released 19 January...
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European environmental law and policy: What’s in store for 2020?

The start of a New Year is a good time to take stock as to what we can expect in European environmental law and policy over the next 12 months. Unlike previous years, 2020 is already shaping up to be a momentous year at both a European and member state level particularly as regards climate change. We have to go back some way to remember a time when there was so much political focus on environment...
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Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement 2018 – EPA Report

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its report on local authority environmental enforcement performance for 2018 today.  The report shows that local authorities have increased their enforcement activities, with 168,000 inspections being undertaken in 2018, together with almost 20,000 enforcement actions and over 850 prosecutions initiated. Local authorities also managed over 78,000 en...
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EPA warns poorly constructed wells & inadequate monitoring of private water supplies = health risk

A report focusing on the quality of private water supplies in Ireland for 2018 was released today by the EPA. The report found that the quality of drinking water in private supplies, which are mostly sourced from wells, is poorer than that in publicly-sourced supplies. One million people in Ireland get their drinking water from a private supply and many more drink water from private supplies in...
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Soil, Land and Climate Change – EEA Article

Climate change has a major impact on soil, and changes in land use and soil can either accelerate or slow down climate change. Without healthier soils and a sustainable land and soil management, we cannot tackle the climate crisis, produce enough food and adapt to a changing climate. The answer might lie in preserving and restoring key ecosystems and letting nature capture carbon from the atmosphe...
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Local authorities identify key ways to help reduce carbon emissions

All 31 local authorities in Ireland are gearing up to play a leading role in reducing carbon emissions and helping the country adapt for the inevitable consequences of climate disruption, especially extreme weather events, according to Sligo County Council chief executive Ciarán Hayes. Commenting on a report issued on Tuesday outlining how local authorities have increased climate actions since 201...
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Air pollution could kill 160,000 in next decade – report

More than 160,000 people could die over the next decade from strokes and heart attacks caused by air pollution, a charity has warned. That is the equivalent of more than 40 heart and circulatory disease deaths related to air pollution every day.  The British Heart Foundation (BHF), which compiled the figures, said there are an estimated 11,000 deaths per year at the moment, but that...
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Brake pad emissions make up around one-fifth of PM2.5 air pollution at roadsides – study

Exhaust fumes are not the only dangerous chemical produced from road transport that can cause health problems, a UCC expert has warned. Professor John John Sodeau, emeritus professor of Chemistry at UCC with research interests in Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerobiology, said that road transport emits many non-exhaust chemicals that can be harmful. Professor John Sodeau was speaking after a study in ...
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2019 – a year which put Biodiversity .. at the heart of Government policy

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has said measures taken last year will help significantly in our efforts to protect Ireland’s biodiversity. These include: A new funding scheme for Local Authorities which was increased to €2 million over 3 years €7m in funding allocated to embark on an accelerated programme of peatlands restoration and conservation wo...
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UN draft plan sets 2030 target to avert Earth’s sixth mass extinction

Almost a third of the world’s oceans and land should be protected by the end of the decade to stop and reverse biodiversity decline that risks the survival of humanity, according to a draft Paris-style UN agreement on nature.  To combat what scientists have described as the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history, the proposal sets a 2030 deadline for the conservation and restoration...
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