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Inland Fisheries appeal to farmers to avoid water pollution

Inland Fisheries Ireland has issued an appeal to farmers to remain vigilant during the fertiliser spreading season to avoid water pollution and the loss of nutrients or other chemicals into rivers, lakes and other watercourses. The appeal comes on the back of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s preliminary collation of fish kill data for 2019 which indicate that 20 fish kills were recorded nationally (a...
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Nitrate pollution concerns halt housebuilding in UK

Five local authorities in the Solent area have put a hold on determining planning applications for new housing as a result of advice from Natural England about nitrate pollution. Following two rulings by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the ‘Dutch Case’ (C-293/17 and C-294/17) and ‘People Over Wind’ (C-323/17), Natural England has advised local planning authorities in the Solent area...
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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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EU regulations governing Water Pollution – are you compliant?

After the Failure of Ringsend tank led to sewage discharge into Dublin Bay are you compliant with the regulations governing water pollution? Rules governing the discharge of wastewater and the protection of water resources At EU level, the discharge of wastewater and the protection of water resources are primarily regulated by: the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC, as amended by Di...
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Reconnecting with an environment both rich and fragile

The most important environmental problem that we're facing today is humanity's irrational and unsustainable over-exploitation of natural resources. This is contributing to water and air pollution, climate change, reduced biodiversity and all the other environmental issues that have been observed in recent decades. This problem is probably due to the fact that humanity has become completely disc...
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Grim warnings about effect of any major pollution on Lough Mask

An extension to Tourmakeady Sewerage Scheme is vital to protect the Lough Mask Regional Water Supply Scheme, which covers a huge area, a meeting has been told.  This is a highly sensitive environmental area. It is crucially important that this extension takes place,” Councillor Al McDonnell (FF) told a meeting of Castlebar Municipal District (MD). Councillor Joe McHale (Sinn Féin) said it would...
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Council to investigate water pollution at Dublin City beaches

Sandymount Strand had “poor” water quality in 2017, said Andy Fanning, an environmental scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a presentation to councillors on the environment committee last week. That had spiralled from “sufficient” in 2016 and 2015, and “good,” in 2014.  The water quality at Merrion Strand has held steady for the last three years from 2015 to 2017: at “poor”, ...
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Waste water issues continue to damage water quality

Raw sewage from the equivalent of 88,000 people in 38 towns and villages is still flowing into our rivers and causing damage to streams across the country, a farm lobby group’s environmental chairman has pointed out. However, the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) Environment chairman, Thomas Cooney, has also acknowledged the role that farming plays in protecting and enhancing Ireland’s envir...
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Water pollution – the drastic impact it is having on our environment.

Why is water an environmental concern? Water pollution is an increasingly dangerous problem, affecting people across the world. Some people believe that water pollution is an unavoidable result of human activity. That, if we want to have cars, ships, factories and oil, we must predict and accept pollution to some extent. However, this is far from the truth. The economic cost of water polluti...
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When yesterday’s agriculture feeds today’s water pollution

A study led by researchers at Université de Montréal quantifies for the first time the maximum amount of nutrients—specifically, phosphorus—that can accumulate in a watershed before additional pollution is discharged into downriver ecosystems.  That average threshold amount is 2.1 tonnes per square kilometre of land, the researchers estimate in their study published today in Nature Geoscience. "Be...
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