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Source to Tap – emerging evidence of the scale of the MCPA pesticide problem in cross-border Irish catchments

Source to Tap are monitoring water quality in the River Derg to gauge the impact of grants given to farmers to help them act to reduce the level of pesticides in drinking water. This monitoring will help establish if the financial incentives for farmers provides a more cost-effective way of reducing pesticide concentrations in drinking water than treatment at the works does. Ensuring the health o...
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If Rivers Could Talk

Water is often undervalued by civil society, yet our very existence is dependent on a continuous supply of fresh water. Human activities linked to population growth, food production, industrialisation and land use changes have damaged our natural waters.  If rivers could talk, what story would they tell and how would they view humans and our actions? This is the story told from a rivers’ perspect...
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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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Only 16% of waterways in Ireland are clean – report

A survey conducted by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows that only 16% of coastal areas and waterways are clean, with the River Tolka, the River Barrow and Cork Harbour being 'heavily littered'.  The survey found that while the majority of Irish towns are clean, its beaches and waterways are not. The business group studied 42 beaches, harbours and river areas around the country....
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Stronger protections for UK environment as landmark Bill takes shape

New measures to enhance wildlife, transform our waste system and improve the resilience of water supplies have been set out by UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove. In an update on progress towards the introduction of the landmark Environment Bill – the first for 20 years – the government has published firm positions, following a range of consultations, on issues ranging from trees to water to r...
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Land already serviced should be prioritised for development – Engineers Ireland Report

About 600,000 Irish people live in damp or rotting homes while almost two million houses will need to be refitted here in coming years, experts warn. Professional body Engineers Ireland publishes a report on Wednesday showing that homes and infrastructure in the Republic are in a poor condition and require immediate action. The State of Ireland 2019 report says that Brussels-based E...
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Failure to meet environmental targets cost EU €55bn last year

The European Union’s economy lost £54.7bn last year due to member states’ failures to implement environmental laws, according to a European Commission report. The report explored the impact on seven policy areas, air and noise, nature and biodiversity, water, waste, chemicals, industrial emissions and major accident hazards, and horizontal instruments. It revealed that clean air legislation has p...
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EEA Report finds increase in Industrial Pollution to urban wastewater treatment plants.

Direct emissions released to water bodies from Europe’s large industrial sites have decreased in recent years for many pollutants. However, industrial pollution transferred through the sewer systems to urban waste water treatment plants (UWWTPs) has slightly increased, putting pressure on the waste water treatment infrastructure. While EU legislation tracks emissions from large industries, the ...
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Managing a City’s Water is a complex task

We often take a reliable supply of clean water for granted. We turn on the tap and clean water comes out, we use it and the ‘dirty’ water goes down the drain. For a large majority of Europeans, the water we use at home is of drinking quality and available 24 hours a day. The brief moment between the tap and the drain is only a very small part of its overall journey. Managing water in a city is not...
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Google and UN Environment unveil freshwater monitoring app

UN Environment, Google and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre have unveiled a groundbreaking web-based platform that fuses big data and environmental science to monitor global freshwater ecosystems, opening the door to a new era of data-rich analysis that could reshape how we measure humanity’s environmental footprint. The publicly available, free platform brings together Google’s ...
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