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How Environment influences health in Europe – report

Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).Improving the health and well-being of European citizens is more importa...
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Sharp increase in dumping and ‘backyard burning’ during lockdown, says EPA

Sharp increase in dumping and ‘backyard burning’ during lockdown, says EPA A sharp rise in household waste generated during the Covid-19 lockdown led to big increases in illegal dumping and “backyard burning”, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report Ireland in the Pandemic - Environmental Observations.  Enquiries to the EPA website increased four-fold during the lockdown per...
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New EU report points to worsening Irish agriculture environmental credentials – An Taisce

Ireland is failing to limit escalating levels of dangerous ammonia air pollution due to continuing dairy intensification and excessive use of nitrogen from fertiliser and feeds. Due to government inaction on this issue, An Taisce has lodged a legal infringement complaint to the European Commission on the continued and increasing breach of the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (2016/2284/EU) on ...
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The crucial link between air pollution and biodiversity loss

The visual impact that air pollution is having on the natural environment may not be obvious to the untrained eye, but from the abundance of stinging nettles on the side of the road to the lack of bugs splattered on your car windscreen, biodiversity loss is real and it is getting worse.  In the UK alone, 15% of all species are threatened with extinction and 41% of species have declined in abundanc...
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Most EU Member States not on track to reduce air pollution by 2030

The assessment of Member States' first programmes of measures to control air emissions finds that the implementation of the new European clean air rules needs improvement. Member States need to step up efforts across all sectors to make sure their citizens can breathe clean air, preventing respiratory diseases and premature death caused by polluted air. EU Commissioner for the Environment, F...
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Air pollution levels have plummeted, but will we take heed of the lessons?

Air pollution levels and warming gases are showing significant drops worldwide as Covid-19 shuts down entire regions.  In particular, at one of the world’s most famous tourist spots, fish were seen for the first time years in cleaner and clearer waters in Venice’s canals as tourism halted. Satellite images have also been circulating showing how the scale of the powerful lockdowns have reduced a...
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Committing to climate-neutrality by 2050: EU Commission proposes European Climate Law & consults on European Climate Pact

The European Commission presented a proposal yesterdaey to enshrine in legislation the EU's political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050, to protect the planet and our people. The European Climate Law sets the 2050 target and the direction of travel for all EU policy, and gives predictability for public authorities, businesses and citizens. At the same time, the Commission is launching a pub...
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Air pollution ‘pandemic’ shortens lives by three years – study

A "pandemic" of air pollution shortens lives worldwide by nearly three years on average, and causes 8.8 million premature deaths annually, according to a new international study by leading scientists. Eliminating the toxic cocktail of molecules and lung-clogging particles cast off by burning oil, gas and coal would restore a full year of life expectancy, they reported in the journal Cardiovascular...
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Dublin most congested city in Western Europe

Dublin has been ranked as the most congested city in Western Europe and as one of the most congested cities globally, according to an international survey of traffic data.  The ninth edition of the annual Traffic Index report form the technology company TomTom provides detailed insights on live and historic road congestion levels in cities around the world. Dublin is listed as the 17th ...
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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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