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IDWG and Biodiversity Ireland to hold training day on dolphin and whale identification

17th February 2017 The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), a cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoises) conservation organisation, and Biodiversity Ireland are holding an identification workshop on the 22nd of April in Waterford. Ireland’s waters are teeming with wildlife. To date, there have been 24 cetacean species recorded, from the blue whale to the harbour Porpoise. The IWDG is an …

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UK reveals plans for plastic free aisles in supermarkets. Could Ireland follow suit?

February 16th 2017 Supermarkets in the UK are being urged to create one plastic free aisle per shop to reduce plastic waste. This move comes after various high profile organisations highlighted the issue of the damage plastic is doing to marine environments worldwide, such as Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign.  Of the estimated 300 million tonnes of plastic produced every year, …

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EU consider move to cut Irish fertiliser use over concerns for rivers and lakes

15th February 2017 In a move aimed at protecting Irish rivers, lakes and estuaries, the European Commission is considering removing special allowances on fertiliser use given to farmers, known as the nitrates derogation. The Irish government has ambitious plans for the dairy industry. The government’s roadmap “Food harvest 2020” , has outlined plans for a 50% increase in milk production …

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Damage to health, water and climate from fracking outlined to government

February 10th 2017 Environmental groups have outlined to government the damaging impacts of fracking to health, water and the climate. In a submission the Environmental Pillar, an advocacy coalition of over 28 national environmental NGOs, has made clear the serious impacts of fracking and called for politicians to support a total ban of fracking in Ireland. The submission has been …

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Coomhola Salmon Trust win top award for community water quality work

February 9th 2017 Coomhola Salmon Trust has won the Community & Council Award 2017 for ‘Most Significant Contribution to Water Quality’. The award was presented to Mark Boyden and Paul Kearney from the trust at a gala awards ceremony on February 4th. It recognises the work of the trust and in particular their Streamscapes education and community engagement programme. The Community and …

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Ireland 23rd out of EU member states for renewable energy

9th February 2017 According to a new report published by the European Commission Ireland is ranked 23rd out of the 28 EU member states for renewable energy. The EU has set itself ambitious targets for renewable energy. 20% of all energy must come from renewable sources by 2020. And it looks like they’re on target to achieve this. In 2015, the EU average …