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Ireland among Top 10 Countries Doing Most to Save the Environment

Verde Environmental Consultants provide expert advisory, monitoring and assessment services from our offices in Wicklow, Cork, Mayo and Galway in soil, air, water, waste, energy, noise and ecology disciplines Our multidisciplinary approach and in-house expertise allows us to provide a breadth of relevant environmental consultancy and contracting services to both the private and public sector...
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Biodiversity map shows growing EU water stress

New analysis from the European Environment Agency shows that, with average temperatures rising, water scarcity is increasing across the EU. It affected a fifth of Europe’s population and a third of its land area in 2015. The report finds that changes to arably farmed land are leading to a continuing decline in bird populations but that forest ecosystems are improving. Marine fish stocks continu...
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How to measure the condition of Europe’s ecosystems – EEA Report

Healthy forests, soils, seas and other ecosystems form Europe’s ‘natural capital’, which is vital for our well-being and the economy. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new analysis, published last week, looks at how to measure the condition of Europe’s natural capital and provides a first overview of the state and trends of Europe’s ecosystems. The report also highlights the need for b...
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Ireland’s biodiversity needs intensive care

In our hyper health-conscious times, it’s hard to imagine anyone advocating a lifestyle that encourages people to smoke too much, drink too much, never exercise and gorge on junk food all week. Acts of deliberate self-poisoning, bodily degradation and organ destruction are more frowned upon than they have ever been. Meanwhile, the number of steps you are taking each day is a legitimate conversatio...
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Nature declining at ‘unprecedented’ rate, UN study warns

Wildlife and habitats are declining at an “unprecedented” rate worldwide which directly threatens human beings, a major new study has warned.  Up to a million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction, a greater number than ever before in human history.  Many could vanish within decades, the UN-backed global assessment reveals. Scientists warn that the natural world is deteriorati...
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Better Green Infrastructure Planning and Ecosystem Restoration Needed -EEA Briefing

Maintaining natural capital is vital for the function of our societies and people’s well-being. A new briefing from the European Environment Agency (EEA), published today, analyses how to plan for green infrastructure and ecosystem restoration, which in turn can enhance biodiversity, support green economy and create job opportunities. The EEA briefing ‘Tools to support green infrastructure plan...
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Proposed Analytical Assessment Framework for European Land Systems – EEA

Land and soil provide vital resources to society such as food, feed, fuel, fibres and shelter. They also provide ecosystem services that support production functions, regulate the risk of natural hazards, and provide cultural and spiritual benefits. By using land, society alters and modifies the quantity and quality of these services, and the intrinsic potential for land benefits to mankind. To be...
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Scientists identify 22 research questions on risks associated with chemicals in the environment

Scientists have identified 22 key research questions surrounding the risks associated with chemicals in the environment in Europe.  Chemicals released into the environment by human activity are resulting in biodiversity loss; increased natural hazards; threats to food, water and energy security; negative impacts on human health and degradation of environmental quality. Now, an international...
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