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What is the future for monitoring Europe’s surface waters? New study assesses effectiveness and results from Water Framework Directive data

What is the future for monitoring Europe’s surface waters? New study assesses effectiveness and results from Water Framework Directive data A new large-scale study of data from over 8000 sites across 31 European countries has found that the monitoring of water quality and ecological risks has improved over time (from 2001 to 2015), but the water condition itself has worsened. The findings indica...
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Large-scale modelling of rapid flows to groundwater highlights risk of aquifer contamination

Large-scale modelling of rapid flows to groundwater highlights risk of aquifer contamination For human and ecosystem health, it is essential that groundwater used for water supply is clean. New research highlights how some aquifers might be at greater risk of contamination than previously thought. Modelling fast flow infiltration — where surface water sinks through cracks — the study shows that ...
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Northern Ireland could become ‘dirty corner of Europe’, say campaigners

Northern Ireland could become ‘dirty corner of Europe’, say campaigners Northern Ireland is at risk of becoming “the dirty corner of Europe”, campaigners say, if more ambitious targets are not set for the country as it seeks to approve its first dedicated climate legislation.  Officials at the devolved Stormont institutions say that the environment strategy for Northern Ireland lags considerably ...
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Rise in plastic pollution a ‘planetary emergency’ – EIA

Rise in plastic pollution a ‘planetary emergency’ – EIA The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) says that a predicted rise in plastic pollution constitutes a ‘planetary emergency’.  The Agency which investigates and campaigns against ‘environmental crime and abuse’, says ‘addiction to plastic’ and failure to prevent it contaminating the food web ‘directly undermines’ human health, drives bio...
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EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) emissions continue to decline

EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) emissions continue to decline Under current and planned measures, EU Member States project that ETS emissions will continue to decrease in the coming decades albeit at a slower pace than historically, according to the latest annual European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing 'Trends and projections in the EU ETS' published today. On recent trends, greenhouse gas e...
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Transformative solutions to protect the planet’s biodiversity

Transformative solutions to protect the planet’s biodiversity To meet the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity, researchers have proposed five strategies for protecting the global ecosystem. 1. Prioritize biodiversity work that can strengthen societal transitions. This means supporting innovations that link people with nature, working across research fields to stimulate the creat...
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Impact of land use on vegetation productivity in Europe

Impact of land use on vegetation productivity in Europe Ecosystem degradation threatens biodiversity and resilience to climate change, and tackling it is a major goal of EU environmental policy. Vegetation productivity is a key indicator of ecosystem condition and can be used to monitor the effects of climate, land use and land use change. From 2000 to 2016, productivity in Europe showed a region...
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EU scientists call for action as greenhouse gas levels hit high in 2021

EU scientists call for action as greenhouse gas levels hit high in 2021 Levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere hit record highs in 2021, which was one of the world's hottest years ever and underlined the need for change, the EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) has said. Globally, 2021 was the fifth-hottest year on record, with an average temperature 1.1 to...
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EU strengthens rules on green disclosure

EU strengthens rules on green disclosure Investment firms need to familiarise themselves with a range of new environmental issues to prepare for a European Union law aimed at consistent environmental disclosures that also support investment decisions on environmental sustainability.  By January 2023, sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources; transition to a circular economy; p...
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We need to move fast to improve our forestry cover in Ireland

We need to move fast to improve our forestry cover in Ireland We conducted a survey recently. It told us that seven in 10 Irish adults said they didn’t notice anything about forests or woodlands in any media over the past year.  So they clearly haven’t been getting attention. But I intend that over next year, that situation is going to change dramatically.  Because there is a plan afoot to make s...
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