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Rising Ammonia Emissions key contributor to Air Pollution in Ireland

Rising ammonia emissions from the agricultural sector remain one of the key contributors to air pollution in Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency has warned.  According to the EPA’s latest figures, ammonia emissions increased by two per cent in 2017. The upsurge is emissions are expected to continue out to 2030. The agriculture sector accounts for 99 per cent of Ireland’s total ammonia ...
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Mayfield, Cork demands air pollution monitors

Air pollution monitoring will be prioritised in Mayfield to assess the impacts of up to 1,000 Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) travelling through the area per day if a pilot programme proves successful. Cork City Council is currently trialling an air quality monitoring unit at the Kinsale Road civic amenity with tests set to be completed by the end of the month. Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tyna...
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Environmental Pollution has claimed more lives than those who died in World War 2

The United Nations chief environment scientist, Jian Liu has called on nations and individuals to make the environment their number one priority in their day to day decisions.According to him, the environment has the potential to solve most of the complex issues confronting humans.He warned that the consequences of not taking action is profound. ‘‘So if you don’t take action now, if you don’t p...
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Every breath we take contains some amount of aerosols

National next-generation air pollution monitoring network Together with my colleagues at the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies at NUI Galway and the EPA in Ireland, we are pioneering the national next-generation air pollution monitoring network. This network includes aerosol mass spectrometers to measure aerosol composition and, more importantly, sources of particulate matter. ...
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Europe’s most deprived areas ‘hit hardest by air pollution’

Pollution and other environmental hazards pose health risks to everyone, but have greater impacts on some people due to their age or state of health. Individuals’ ability to avoid, or cope with these hazards is also influenced by their income, employment status or level of education. A European Environment Agency (EEA) report Unequal exposure and unequal impacts: social vulnerability to air pollut...
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Open fires on Christmas Day in Ireland gazumped air pollution levels in Beijing – BTYSTE project findings

In his speech to open the BT Young Scientist of the Year ceremony, President Michael D Higgins praised the high number of projects on show that dealt with global warming, climate change and pollution. More than 80 of the 500 looked at this issue, including the Food for Fuels: Air Pollution project by three students from Coláiste Iognáid SJ in Galway City.  Such was their appetite to make their ...
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Air Quality in Ireland 2017: Key Indicators of Ambient Air Quality – EPA Report

The Environmental Protection Agency Air Quality in Ireland 2017 – Key Indicators of Ambient Air Quality report, released today, shows that while Ireland’s air quality did not exceed legal limit values in 2017, Ireland’s air quality is impacting negatively on people’s health. Levels of particulate matter – dust - in our air is of growing concern.  Levels are particularly high during the winter m...
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Freezing outdoor Air Pollution can prevent fumes coming inside

Freezing pollution before it enters offices and homes through air conditioning units can prevent 99pc of fumes coming inside, scientists have discovered.  Nottingham Trent University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been trying to find a way to prevent deadly outdoor air pollution from seeping indoors.  They found that if pollution is frozen to around -18C in a condensing tube the particle...
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Irish team second in EU award for project to tackle urban air pollution

Last week, the European Commission announced the winner of a €3 million award for the EU Horizon Prize on Materials for Clean Air for the most affordable, sustainable and innovative design-driven solution to urban air pollution.  Air quality in cities around the world has been getting increasingly worse. A recent report has found that most EU states are failing to meet air quality standards set by...
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Air pollution still too high across Europe

Although air pollution is slowly easing in EU countries, it still causes nearly half a million early deaths each year, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has said in its annual report. Although pollution levels dropped slightly in 2015, they remain far higher than standards set by both the European Union and the World Health Organisation, the report said. The findings come just weeks after a...
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