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(LNG) terminal in the Shannon estuary must be subject to a new environmental assessment

(LNG) terminal in the Shannon estuary must be subject to a new environmental assessment The European Court of Justice has advised the Irish High Court that An Bord Pleanála’s decision in 2018 to extend planning permission for a proposed €500 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Shannon estuary must be subject to a new environmental assessment under the EU Habitats Directive.  The p...
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EU action plan for restoring a key habitat for wild pollinators

Europe depends on biodiversity for its prosperity and quality of life, but Europe’s ecosystems continue to be degraded at an alarming rate. The European Commission has published a first action plan to maintain and restore dry calcareous grasslands – one of the most species-rich and most threatened European habitat, of vital importance for wild bees, butterflies and moths. This action ...
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Environmental group challenges peat bog extraction regulations

An environmental group has brought a High Court challenge against the State over new regulations that allow for industrial extraction of peat from bogs.  Friends of the Irish Environment claims the new regulations mean that large-scale peat extraction does not require planning permission, and instead must be licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency. It claims the effect of the new regulati...
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Ireland among worst European performers in a range of environmental areas – CSO report

Ireland has been placed among the worst European performers in a range of environmental areas, according to detailed new statistical analysis.  A biennial report published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows a relatively poor performance in a number of areas, including emissions, greenhouse gases, bathing water standards and the amount of land designated as protected areas for birds. T...
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