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Greenhouse Gas & Ammonia Emissions on rise as Irish farms expand – Teagasc Report

Agriculture can generate positive or negative environmental impacts depending on the specific activities undertaken on the farm. Agriculture is the principal land use in Ireland; hence environmental sustainability in agriculture is key to achieving national level objectives. In the Teagasc National Farm Survey 2017 Sustainability Report, released today, the current set of NFS figures based envi...
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Microbes, capillaries and why we need to change how we think about rivers

Connected smaller bodies of waters act as both buffers and filters for larger rivers and streams.  The fact that something is unseen does not make it unimportant. Think of your own circulatory system. You can see some veins in your hands and arms, and feel the pulse in your carotid artery with your finger. But you can’t see the capillaries – tiny channels that support vital processes. Nutrients, o...
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Rivers Monitoring Programme

Ireland has more than 73,000 km of river channels. If placed end-to-end, they could encircle the Earth almost twice.  Three-quarters of these channels are very small streams that typically flow into larger rivers. The longest and largest river in Ireland is the Shannon. It runs for more than 360 km from its source to the sea and discharges on average more than 200,000 litres of water per second...
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Water Quality in 2016 – An Indicators Report by EPA

A new water indicators’ report for Ireland has recently been revealed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Water Quality in 2016 - An Indicators Report. A substantial number of our rivers, lakes and estuaries are not as healthy as they should be. While the aquatic environment is complex, a number of key insights can be taken from the indicators presented in this report. Some of these...
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