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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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EPA survey indicates most people have taken steps to help the environment

Research commissioned by the EPA to coincide with the publication of its EPA 2019 Year in Review report found that 78 per cent of people surveyed said they have personally taken steps to help the environment, and that 87 per cent of adults in Ireland recognise the importance of the environment as an asset to the country.  The Red C poll carried out in January 2020 explored attitudes towards enviro...
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EPA announces €10m Government of Ireland funding for new environmental research

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced awards totalling €10 million to fund vital new environmental research.  The largest awards have been made to University College Cork and the National University of Ireland, Galway, for projects looking at - recyclable plastics for packaging and, pesticide management for better water quality. Other awards include research on: mitigation of...
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River water quality is deteriorating, finds EPA

The EPA has published the Water Quality in Ireland Report for the period 2013-2018.  This assessment provides an evaluation of the ecological health of Ireland's rivers, lakes, canals, groundwater, estuaries and coastal waters. The analysis is based on the assessment of biological and environmental data collected from 2,703 surface water bodies and 514 groundwater bodies between 2013 and 2018. Th...
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Climate change is seen as the most pressing environmental issue in Ireland – EPA 2018 Report

An overwhelming majority of adults (86%) recognise the value of the environment to the people of Ireland, recent research conducted on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found.  The EPA released the findings to coincide with the launch of its EPA 2018 in Review report. The Red C poll in November 2018 explored attitudes towards environmental issues. Commenting on the survey,...
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Water Quality in 2017: an indicators report – EPA

The EPA has released the Water Quality in 2017: An Indicators Report for Ireland. The 16 indicators in the report provide information on the quality of Ireland’s rivers, lakes, canals, estuaries, coastal waters, beaches and groundwaters.  They are: River quality High-quality river sites Nitrate in rivers Phosphate in rivers Canal quality Lake biological quality Total phos...
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EPA conference considers the challenge of plastics for Ireland

The Environmental Protection Agency’s conference, Moving Ireland into the New Plastics Economy, took place in Dublin last week, November 08 2018.  Opening the conference, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Seán Canney, said: “We need to take stock of our relationship with plastic. We must start to make informed choices about how we use plasti...
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Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections 2017-2035 Released by EPA

The EPA 2018 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections Report provides an updated assessment of Ireland’s total projected greenhouse gas emissions out to 2030, progress towards achieving its emission reduction targets set under the EU Effort Sharing Decision (Decision No 406/2009/EU) up to 2020 and a longer-term assessment based on current projections. Ireland is not projected to meet 2020 emissions...
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Agri-Food sector is worst for environmental compliance – EPA Report

More than half of all sites considered to pose the greatest risk of breaching pollution regulations are involved in the food and drink sector.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the agri-food sector needs to clean up its act due to the high number of processors found which do not comply with their licences. The EPA Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report 2017 publ...
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Ireland’s new gas projects compete with wind and solar – finds International report

Drilling for new gas in Irish waters is not compatible with achieving Paris Agreement targets to limit the impact of climate change, a new international study has found. The study from the climate and energy think tank, Oil Change International, assesses the role of gas in the energy system against Ireland’s decarbonisation targets and Paris obligations.  The EU has set emissions reductions tar...
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