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Environment group launches legal challenge over ‘alien’ tree species planting

An environmental protection group has launched a High Court challenge against a decision to allow what it claims is an “alien species” of tree to be planted at a site in Co Leitrim.  The action has been brought by the Save Leitrim Group (Save Leitrim Environmental and Biodiversity Group CLG), which claims the decision to allow Sitka Spruce to be grown at a forestry development on a 13.3-hectare si...
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EU launches new Forest Information System to improve knowledge on forests and woodlands

Amid a need for more accurate, up-to-date and harmonised data and monitoring on Europe’s valuable woodlands, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission today launched a new Forest Information System for Europe (FISE) which aims to become Europe’s knowledge hub to monitor the state, health and sustainability of Europe’s many forests. The FISE web portal will provide tail...
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Forest Statistics Ireland 2019 Report published

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD, has announced the publication of the Department’s annual Forest Statistics Report for 2019.  This Report is prepared annually by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Launching the report, the Minister commented: "'Forest Statistics - Ireland 2019’ is an annual compilation of statistics on th...
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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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Which European city hopes to plant three million new trees by 2030?

The Italian city of Milan has ambitious plans to plant three million new trees by 2030, a move that experts say could offer relief from the city’s muggy, sometimes tropical weather. Some ad-hoc projects have already contributed to environmental improvements.  Projects like architect Stefano Boeri’s striking Vertical Forest residential towers, completed in 2014 near the Garibaldi train station, ...
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Environmental Benefits of Planting Trees

In the article "China to create new forests the size of Ireland", it reports that China will plant new forests covering an area roughly the size of Ireland this year as it aims to increase forest coverage to 23 percent of its total landmass by the end of the decade. Planting trees has become a key part of China’s efforts to improve its environment and tackle climate change, and the government h...
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