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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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Environmental Noise Pollution – interview with EEA noise expert

Noise pollution is a growing problem across Europe and one which many people may not be aware of the impacts of on their health. The European Environment Agency’s environmental noise expert, Eulalia Peris discusses the key findings of the EEA report ‘Environmental noise in Europe — 2020’, published in March. Main conclusions of the second report on environmental ...
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Number of Europeans exposed to harmful noise pollution expected to increase

Road traffic is the top source of noise pollution in Europe, the new EEA report ‘Noise in Europe – 2020’ says, with noise levels projected to rise in both urban and rural areas over the next decade due to urban growth and increased demand for mobility. Rail, aircraft and industry round up the other top sources of environmental noise pollution. The report provides an update of noise pollution tr...
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Noise pollution hampering birds communicating

Noise pollution is making it difficult for birds to communicate with each other and it could lead to a severe decline in numbers, new research from Queen’s University Belfast has found. In spring, birds use song to show aggressiveness and to attain territory for nesting and breeding, but this is becoming tougher due to noisy conditions created by humans. Dr Gareth Arnott, Senior Lecturer and Res...
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Poolbeg Residents hold protest against Noise Pollution

Several Poolbeg residents took to the streets last Tuesday to protest against noise pollution, with another demonstration planned for May 30.  The residents staged a demonstration where they blocked traffic Poolbeg Quay for a time during rush hour in an effort to raise awareness of on-going noise pollution in the locality. Locals in the Poolbeg Quay apartments say that the noise of early mornin...
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Conflict of Interest Accusations Against Noise Regulator for Dublin Airport

There was intense pressure on Transport Minister Shane Ross to appoint a noise regulator for Dublin Airport, even though officials knew accusations of a conflict of interest were certain to arise.  Mr Ross chose Fingal County Council as noise regulator despite the fact 8% of its total budgeted income each year comes from the Dublin Airport Authority. Internal records show how the Department of ...
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Noise Pollution put brakes on Tayto Park plans for €14 million rollercoaster

Four residents living close to Tayto Park have put the brakes on plans for a new ‘iconic’ €14 million steel ride roller coaster ride at Ireland’s largest theme park.  This follows the residents, Donal Greene and Clare Smith along with Suzanne Galwey and Jeremy Butcher, lodging a joint appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the decision by Meath County Council to give the project the go-ahead last mont...
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EPA publishes National Priority Sites List for July-December 2018

The EPA has developed a system to rank industrial and waste licensed sites (Integration Pollution Control) in order of priority for enforcement. The National Priority Sites List (which is updated quarterly) is used to target its enforcement effort at the poorest performing sites in order to drive improvements in environmental compliance.  A score is assigned to each facility based on enforcement f...
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Transport’s true cost to the environment – EU Study

A European commission study found our polluting behaviours are being heavily subsidised through taxes and by those whose quality of life is most affected. Taxes and charges paid by transport users cover less than half the true cost, when infrastructure and the external costs of accidents, climate change, air pollution and noise are considered. This is a Europe-wide cost of about €1tn a year – ab...
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New Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill introduced

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has published the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill, 2018 which appoints a new independent noise regulator - Fingal County Council. Minister Ross said: “The new regulator will be responsible for applying EU law to airport noise management. It will have enforcement powers to ensure that the DAA complies with noise management...
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