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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coalition ‘reluctantly’ withdraws from agri-food committee Ireland’s coalition of environmental groups has “reluctantly withdrawn” from the Agri-Food 2030 Strategy Committee having concluded a draft strategy “is woefully inadequate to meet the social and environmental challenges we face”.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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Agricultural policy needs to secure stronger environmental improvements for water in Europe

Agricultural policy needs to secure stronger environmental improvements for water in Europe Agricultural management practices should be based on agroecological principles, organic farming and nature-based solutions, the EEA report ‘Water and agriculture; towards sustainable solutions,’ says. To achieve this, more ambitious measures to promote sustainable agriculture are needed in the upcoming EU ...
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Ireland ranks lowest on environment in latest EU progress index

Ireland ranks lowest on environment in latest EU progress index Ireland ranks in the lowest position out of 15 EU countries on environment, according to the latest Sustainable Progress Index (SPI) commissioned by Social Justice Ireland.  While some progress has been made over the past year, other countries are making greater headway in implementing environment and climate action measures as set o...
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New EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change

New EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change The European Commission adopted today a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must also get ready to face its unavoidable consequences. From deadly...
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Dramatic changes in society needed to tackle environmental crises, says UN

Dramatic changes in society needed to tackle environmental crises, says UN Humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unliveable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, a new United Nations report has said. The document called Making Peace With Nature calls on the global community to make dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life. Unlike past UN reports...
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EPA publishes National Priority Sites summary for 2020

EPA publishes National Priority Sites summary for 2020 Today, the EPA published its annual summary report on the enforcement activities carried out in 2020, along with the list of sites which were designated as a National Priority Site during the year.  The report shows that, despite the significant challenges and impact of Covid-19 during 2020, the EPA continued to carry out the enforcement of i...
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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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National Biodiversity Plan has failed to halt loss of nature

National Biodiversity Plan has failed to halt loss of nature The current National Biodiversity Plan has failed to stem the loss of nature in Ireland, a new report has warned.  The National Biodiversity Forum delivered their assessment in a report to Minister of State Malcolm Noonan today and urged the government to radically step up its efforts to address the biodiversity crisis in the next plan ...
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Access to nature was important for mental health in 2020 – EPA Report

Access to nature was important for mental health in 2020 - EPA Report The EPA has published its EPA 2020 Year in Review report which highlights key activities throughout the year. This was accompanied by results of an EPA/Red C poll to measure attitudes toward the environment.  This survey found that 89 per cent of adults agree that the environment is a valuable asset for the people of Ireland. I...
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Commission consults on new EU Soil Strategy

Commission consults on new EU Soil Strategy The European Commission has launched an online public consultation on the development of a new EU Soil Strategy. This is the last of a set of public consultations on different ecosystems delivering on the specific commitments in the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030. Healthy soils produce our food and raw materials, clean our drinking water, reduce flo...
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