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Student water conservation project scoops top prize in Water Explorer competition

A Kerry-based school scooped top prize at the national Water Explorer competition last week with a project looking into the issue of water conservation. Castleisland Community College will now represent Ireland and compete in the global Water Explorer finals later this year. The award ceremony took place in Axis, Ballymun and was hosted by Global Action Plan, who along with …

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Senator calls for Scandinavian-style incentives to boost electric car sales

May 17th, 2017 Scandinavian-style incentives are needed as a “matter of urgency” to increase the number of electric cars on Irish roads, says Fine Gael Senator. Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone raised the issue in the Seanad this week, calling on the government to follow the lead of Norway and increase incentives for Irish drivers to buy electric vehicles (EVs). In …

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Nine places to see bats during Biodiversity Week 2017!

17th May 2017 Biodiversity week is about to begin. With over 50 free events happening throughout Ireland, from the 19th-28th May, there’s something to suit everyone! Bats have woken up after a long winter of hibernation, and can now be seen flitting through the air at dusk catching moths and other insects. We have nine species of this fascinating creature …

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Ireland ranks among world’s worst for megafauna conservation, finds new Oxford study

May 16th, 2017 Ireland ranks as one of the world’s most underperforming countries in wildlife conservation for megafauna species, a new Oxford University study reveals. Ireland ranked among 28 major under-performing countries out of a total of 152 countries analysed in the ‘megafauna conservation index’ (MCI). The study by Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and Panthera examined how much …

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Biodiversity and the City – Eight Urban Events for Biodiversity-Week 2017!

May 15th, 2017 When we think of biodiversity we often imagine unspoilt rural pastures or other landscapes and seascapes untainted by the faintest hint of concrete or urban development. This in an understandable but incorrect reflex. Biodiversity Week 2017 wants to bring biodiversity back to the core of Irish cities. From green trails to eco-footprints, from vertical planting to the urban …

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320-million-year-old shark tooth fossil discovered off Clare coast

May 15th, 2017 A 320-million-year-old shark tooth fossil discovered by an Irish geologist along the Clare coastline may provide significant information about the biodiversity of our ancient seas. The tooth belongs to a shark from the Carboniferous period which hunted in waters off the Irish coast at a time when Ireland was located close to the equator. The discovery of …

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Petition seeking to ban Glyphosate use across Europe closes on 750,000 signatures

May 12th, 2017 A European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) calling on the European Commission to ban the use of Glyphosate has received the support of almost 750,000 people across Europe. The pan-European campaign is also calling on the European Commission (EC) to reform the pesticide approval procedure and set mandatory reduction targets for the use of toxic pesticides. An ECI is …

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Friends of the Earth plan to create a nature garden at Bloom in the Park

Friends of the Earth (FoE) plan to create a nature garden at Bloom in the Park to highlight the vital role of bee-friendly gardening to support these essential pollinators. FOE will be partnering with permaculture expert and RTE SuperGarden finalist Suzie Cahn to build a nature-friendly ‘postcard garden’ at the event. Bloom in the Park is Ireland’s largest family, food and gardening …