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Farm growth has come at expense of the environment

Farm growth has come at expense of the environment EU regulations for farmers haven’t prevented water quality deterioration, and further action is required, says the Environmental Protection Agency.  In its recent submission on the fourth review of Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme (NAP), the EPA said water quality problems are not just a concern for the more intensive farms but are relevant to...
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Ireland ranks lowest on environment in latest EU progress index

Ireland ranks lowest on environment in latest EU progress index Ireland ranks in the lowest position out of 15 EU countries on environment, according to the latest Sustainable Progress Index (SPI) commissioned by Social Justice Ireland.  While some progress has been made over the past year, other countries are making greater headway in implementing environment and climate action measures as set o...
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Access to nature was important for mental health in 2020 – EPA Report

Access to nature was important for mental health in 2020 - EPA Report The EPA has published its EPA 2020 Year in Review report which highlights key activities throughout the year. This was accompanied by results of an EPA/Red C poll to measure attitudes toward the environment.  This survey found that 89 per cent of adults agree that the environment is a valuable asset for the people of Ireland. I...
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EPA publishes State of the Environment Report 2020

EPA publishes State of the Environment Report 2020 Ireland’s Environment - An Integrated Assessment 2020 report provides an assessment of the overall quality of Ireland's environment, the pressures being placed on it and the societal responses to current and emerging environmental issues. This is the seventh state of the environment report published by the EPA since its first such report in ...
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Keeping Ireland Green – 12 Stories about the EU and Ireland’s Environment

Keeping Ireland Green - 12 Stories about the EU and Ireland's Environment Ireland is world-renowned for its lush green landscapes, unspoiled coastal waters, rolling hills and fertile soils. The environment is vital to our wellbeing.  Its protection is crucial to ensure that it provides us with clean air, safe drinking water and healthy, wholesome food that commands a premium internationally, and ...
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COVID-19 measures have mixed impacts on the environment

COVID-19 measures have mixed impacts on the environment The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions imposed to fight the spread of the disease have provided some short-term positive impacts on Europe’s environment, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published today. These include temporary improvements in air quality, lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower levels of ...
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Corncrake calls out to Ireland to nurture our ailing environment

Corncrake call out to Ireland to nurture our ailing environment Once the call of the corncrake used to herald the arrival of spring, but today numbers are fading fast, having declined 85% since the 1970s.  There are now only 151 breeding pairs in total along the north coast and west of Ireland. Recent Eurobarometer surveys show that 93% of Irish people want to protect the environment, but ailin...
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New factsheet on the execution of ECHR judgments concerning environment

New factsheet on the execution of ECHR judgments concerning environment Although the European Convention on Human Rights does not contain an explicit right to a clean and quiet environment, the Court has developed its case-law and established that where an individual is directly and seriously affected by noise or other pollution, an issue may arise under the Convention. The Court has underlin...
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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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CSO publishes Environmental Indicators Ireland 2020 report

Recently the Central Statistics Office released its Environmental Indicators Report for 2020.  The Green News has summarised the main points  (note that while this report has “2020” in the title, the data in it predominantly sheds light on 2018 and 2019 trends. Data takes a while to collect, so we won’t have the breakdown on trends for 2020 until 2021/2022): Environmental Disimprovements T...
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