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Plans for Japanese knotweed facility near Ballyhaunis rejected by An Bord Pleanala

An Bord Pleanala has rejected plans for a Japanese knotweed facility near Ballyhaunis. A company called Pollution & Construction Solutions Ltd - trading as The Japanese Knotweed Company - had applied for permission for a recovery facility for soil and stone waste, including soils containing Japanese knotweed, at a disused quarry at Hazelhill / Drumbaun on the outskirts of Ballyhaunis. Ma...
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Stronger protections for UK environment as landmark Bill takes shape

New measures to enhance wildlife, transform our waste system and improve the resilience of water supplies have been set out by UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove. In an update on progress towards the introduction of the landmark Environment Bill – the first for 20 years – the government has published firm positions, following a range of consultations, on issues ranging from trees to water to r...
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Environment must be at core of farming

The “artificial divide” between farmers and environmentalists has been criticised by MEP Mairead McGuinness, who said that many farmers are “acutely conscious” of the environment.  McGuinness, First Vice-President of the European Parliament, made the comments while presenting an award for environmentally-friendly farming at the weekend. The Farming for Nature Award saw six nominees shortlisted,...
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Dubai environment summit told rapid regional growth has come at huge cost

Rapid economic growth in the UAE and across Asia has come at a huge environmental cost and degradation to biodiversity, experts have said at a UN conference in Dubai.  The forum heard how biodiversity, the planet’s essential variety of life forms, is declining every day and endangering economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere.  Major ecosystems are directl...
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Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems

Groundwater-Dependent Ecosystems (or GDEs) are ecosystems that rely on groundwater for their continued existence. Groundwater is water that has seeped down beneath Earth’s surface and has come to reside within the pore spaces in soil and fractures in rock, this process can create water tables and aquifers, which are large storehouses for groundwater. An ecosystem is a community of living...
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Low levels of air pollution linked to serious changes in the heart –UK study

Exposure to air pollution has been linked to changes in heart structure similar to the early stages of heart failure, according to a new study.  Researchers examined data from about 4,000 people in the UK and discovered even those exposed to air pollution levels comfortably within UK guidelines exhibited changes in their heart ventricles. The findings, published in the journal Circulation, show...
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How the Sun affects the Environment – Solar energy

Without the Sun, Earth’s land, water, and air would all be frozen solid! Life on Earth would cease to exist as almost all living things rely on the steady light and heat of the Sun. The Sun’s heat makes liquid water on our planet possible. And all life that we know of needs liquid water to survive. Changes in the Sun’s brightness can change global temperatures. Luckily, the Sun, like most mi...
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Germany Wants to Trial Free Public Transport to Eliminate Air Pollution

Article courtesy of Interesting Engineering, 15th February 2018 Germany Debuts Zero-Emissions Train that Releases Only Steam Free public transport would get private cars off the road, according to German politicians. This would enable the country to meet EU pollution targets and avoid fines. German politicians have come up with a proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, ...
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Environmental Consulting explained

What is Environmental Consulting? Environmental consulting is often a form of compliance consulting, in which the consultant ensures that the client maintains an appropriate measure of compliance with environmental regulations. Environmental consultants work in a very wide variety of fields. Whether it be providing construction services such as hazard Assessments  or conducting environmental d...
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