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Water pollution, scarcity, and flooding threats require urgent global attention, report warns

Water pollution, scarcity, and flooding threats require urgent global attention, report warns Urgent steps to reduce the risks of water pollution, flooding, and drought are needed right across the world as part of broader measures to increase climate resilience, a major new University of Oxford-led research project has warned. The report, released last week by the University's research program...
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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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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.

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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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Europe’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters remain under pressure – EEA report

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Pollution, over-abstraction and physical alterations — such as dams and straightening — continue to harm freshwater bodies across Europe. These pressures often have a combined effect on water ecosystems, contributing to biodiversity loss and threatening the benefits that people receive from water. According to the EEA’s recent report, European waters — assessment of status and pressures 2018, o...
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Drugged waters – how modern medicine is turning into an environmental curse

The aquatic and human health consequences of pharmaceutical drugs entering the environment through wastewater treatment plants is not yet well understood.  As the world’s population expands and we become wealthier, drugs and chemical-based care products become more prevalent. While pharmaceuticals are essential for human health and well-being, less is known on the effects they have on the freshwat...
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EPA concerned over water quality at seven Irish beaches

Seven beaches across the country have failed to meet minimum standards for water quality.Five beaches labelled as 'poor' by the Environmental Protection Agency are in Dublin - Sandymount Strand is new to the 2017 list. The other beaches which have failed to scrub up in the capital are Merrion Strand, Loughshinny, Portrane and Rush South.  The other two are Ballyloughane in Galway city and Clifden ...
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Irish emissions of three key air pollutants getting worse

Emissions of three of the five most noxious air pollutants, which are a threat to public health and/or the environment, increased in Ireland during 2016, according to latest figures published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Emissions of ammonia, nitrogen oxides and non-methane volatile organic compounds increased. These pollutants impact on air quality, cause respiratory problems ...
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Environmental Challenges faced by Europe and EU policies to tackle them

The environmental challenges that Europe faces today are considerable. European natural capital is being degraded by socioeconomic activities such as agriculture, fisheries, transport, industry, tourism and urban sprawl. Global pressures on the environment have grown at an unprecedented rate since the 1990s, driven not least by economic and population growth, and changing consumption patterns. T...
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