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Air pollution still too high in most EU Member States

Air pollution still too high in most EU Member States The EEA briefing ‘Europe’s air quality status 2021’ BRIEFINGEurope’s air quality status 2021 presents the latest official data for 2019, as well as provisional data for 2020, on concentrations of key air pollutants measured at over 4,500 monitoring stations across 40 European countries. The EEA data show that air pollution is still a major ...
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Loss of Ireland’s biodiversity is accelerating

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating Ireland is missing its chance to protect its dwindling biodiversity with several iconic species of bird, fish and mammals under threat.  Globally, the loss of our natural world is proceeding in an unprecedented manner, with a human handprint leaving one million species under the threat of extinction. This is the stark finding of a landmark 2019 UN a...
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National Emission reduction Commitments Directive reporting status 2021 – EEA

National Emission reduction Commitments Directive reporting status 2021 - EEA The European Union (EU) as a whole respected emission ceilings for four key pollutants in 2019, including nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, sulphur dioxide and ammonia, according to a new European Environment Agency briefing. Nevertheless, Member States still need to make deeper cuts in emissions ...
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Microplastics found in 90% of protected Irish marine environments – study

Microplastics found in 90% of protected Irish marine environments – study Mircoplastics have been documented in over 90 per cent of Ireland’s protected marine environments in the first major study aimed at understanding the true extent of pollution around the entire coast.   Of 87 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs), 79 were found to have the man-made material...
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Climate Status Report for Ireland 2020

Climate Status Report for Ireland 2020 As an island on the western boundary of Europe facing the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland is ideally positioned to measure and assess ongoing climate change. The first Status of Ireland’s Climate report was published in 2013. This second status report provides an update, incorporating new datasets and analyses as well as reporting ongoing climate observations over t...
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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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Scientists warn that planet will be unliveable if emissions are not reduced

Scientists warn that planet will be unliveable if emissions are not reduced A UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report provides irrefutable evidence that global warming is caused by human activity, showing that its effects are likely to worsen, and has led to widespread calls for more ambitious targets to be adopted by global leaders. The report, compiled by more than 230 clima...
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Europeans remain concerned about climate change

Europeans remain concerned about climate change In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, Europeans remain very concerned about climate change and support action across the EU to tackle it, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey by the European Commission. Main survey findings European citizens now identify climate change as the single most serious problem facing the world. Over a quart...
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Green energy tax to fall by third

Green energy tax to fall by third Regulators will cut the green energy tax on families and employers by one third – to €4.30 a month in the case of households – from October.  The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) imposes a public service obligation levy on all electricity users in the State to fund the guaranteed prices paid to wind farms and other renewable energy generators.  The co...
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Air Pollution Sources in Ireland – EPA Research

Atmospheric aerosol particles (also known as particulate matter or PM) are central to the cause of the two greatest threats to human security: air pollution (with ~5 million premature deaths per year) and climate change (with ~0.5 million per year). Addressing these threats requires an understanding of the PM sources responsible for both extreme air pollution immediately affecting human health ...
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