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Moving towards zero pollution in Europe – EEA report

What is pollution and how does it affect us and the environment? Europe is taking action to reduce pollution and, as part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission put forward a zero-pollution ambition for Europe. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published today, looks at the pollution challenge in Europe from different angles as well as opportunities to clean up and preve...
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Green Deal – EU Commission adopts new Chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment

EU Commission adopts new chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment. Today, the European Commission adopted the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Strategy is the first step towards a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal. The Strategy will boost innovation for safe and sustainable chemicals, and increase protection of human ...
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Breakthrough Could Remove Polluting Materials from Environment

Trinity chemists have created a new self-assembling 2D material that could remove polluting and hazardous materials from the environment, a breakthrough that could help spur advancements in health and technology.  The new technology, whose lead author was Prof Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson from the College’s School of Chemistry, could make it possible to remove polluting and hazardous material...
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EPA head says tackling climate change must include optimism for our future

The head of the state's environmental watchdog has warned about rising levels of eco-fatigue and eco-anxiety in the young.  Laura Burke, director general of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said while science shows that the challenges posed by the climate crisis are substantial and could be considered overwhelming, we must find ways to "match the uncomfortable evidence with optimism for t...
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Cleaning pollutants from water with pollen and spores

In addition to their role in plant fertilization and reproduction, pollens and spores have another, hidden talent: With a simple treatment, these cheap, abundant and renewable grains can be converted into tiny sponge-like particles that can grab on to pollutants and remove them from water, scientists report. Even better, these treated particles don't trigger allergies. The researchers will present...
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Oysters considered to cut nitrate pollution

Pollution problems that have halted building in parts of Hampshire could be tackled by introducing oyster beds.  In June, five councils accepted advice by Natural England to refuse permission for new developments amid concerns over nitrate levels in The Solent. Nitrogen from housing and agricultural sources has accelerated the growth of algae which is damaging protected wildlife habitats and bird ...
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Pollution of air, land and water is poisoning the planet – UN Environment

Incoming UN Environment Executive Director, Inger Andersen, says that growing pressure from people across the world means the organisation must redouble its efforts. There is something in the air. I am not talking about pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. I am talking about the change humanity needs to address these and other environmental challenges, which have placed our planet and societ...
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Environment policy: A major EU achievement

Environmental policy is one of the EU’s major achievements, but we can’t stop now; change can and should happen more locally, says Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions. With citizens demanding more climate action - an issue that will sway many voters in the forthcoming European elections - improving the impact of environmental law will show the real added valu...
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Holiday homes plan blocked over river pollution fears

A State fisheries body has succeeded in stopping the development of holiday homes on the Ring of Kerry over fears it could cause pollution to a local river. An Bord Pleanála has overturned a decision by Kerry County Council to approve plans by a local hotel owner in Glenbeigh to construct eight traditional holiday cottages in the west Kerry village.  It follows a successful appeal by Inland Fis...
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EPA fines St James’s Hospital €200,000 for emissions rules breach

One of the country’s biggest hospitals has been fined more than €200,000 for breaking EU rules on greenhouse gas emissions, in the first penalty of its kind in Ireland.  St James’s Hospital in Dublin blamed financial constraints for not being able to buy enough carbon credits last year to cover its pollution, which led to the penalty imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.  It is trying to...
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