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Opinion: Ireland’s ecology facing continuing challenges from hedgerow damage

An unusually dry spring this year resulted in some of the most devastating wildfires in living memory, but Ireland’s ecology is facing other continuing challenges. Current rules under the Wildlife Act allow adequate time for birds to nest, but they’ve been undermined by a government which is showing tacit support for those who break the law. By trying to relax …

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Discharge of surface water into River Nore has ceased after investigation, says Kilkenny Council

August 18th, 2017 Kilkenny County Council has confirmed that the discharge of surface water from street sweepers directly into the River Nore has stopped following an internal investigation. Earlier this month, the Environmental protection Agency (EPA) ordered the Council to investigate the potential contamination of the River Nore by discharge from a Council street sweeping truck following an anonymous complaint in …

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Global experts selected for critical IPCC climate change reports

August 18th, 2017 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has invited over 200 experts from countries on each continent to prepare two separate special reports on how climate change will impact critical aspects of the Earth. The reports will document existing scientific knowledge and the linkages between climate change and land and climate change and oceans and the cryosphere …

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€250,000 dished out since 2007 for scholarships linked to oil and gas industry, new data reveals

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) paid out almost €250,000 for scholarships linked to the oil and gas industry over the past decade, new data reveals. Figures released to The Green News under Freedom of Information legislation shows that funding for 25 scholarships was handed out between 2007 and 2016 under a department scheme. Details for the …

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Study finds common pesticide increasing bumblebee’s risk of extinction

August 15th, 2017 A common neonicotinoid pesticide threatens bumblebees with an increased risk of extinction, a new study has shown. The study found that thiamethoxam, a neonicotinoid pesticide widely used on agricultural crops across the world, decreased the ability of bumblebee queens to start new colonies by more than a quarter. The results of the new research carried out by …

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Dublin City Council planning for a herbicide free city

August 15th, 2017 Herbicides are widely used throughout Ireland to control weeds, but there are growing concerns surrounding the damage these chemicals may be doing to our health and to the health of the environment. We talk to Shane Casey, a Biodiversity Officer for Dublin City Council, about alternative weed control, Dublin County Council’s proposed pesticide reduction strategy, and the …

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Citizens’ Assembly has received over 1,200 submissions on climate change

August 15th, 2017 The Citizens’ Assembly has received over 1,200 submissions from the public, as well as environmental and civil society coalitions, farming groups and politicians ahead of its session on tackling climate change. Submission for the topic – ‘How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change’ – surged in the days before the August 11th deadline. The total number …

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Environmental Pillar’s submission to the Citizen’s Assembly

August 14th, 2017 The Irish Citizens Assembly will be putting deliberative democracy to the test very soon in relation to Ireland’s implementation of environmental policy. The Assembly closed submissions for ‘How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change’ last Friday. The Environmental Pillar made a detailed submission and sent out a biting press release criticizing the …

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ANALYSIS: Leaked report shows ‘real’ climate change impacts at odds with Trump’s ‘fake’ news rhetoric

August 11th, 2017 A leaked federal climate science report reveals how serious the impacts of climate change have already been in the US and will give Trump and his administration a new headache. The 673-page report was prepared by 50 leading scientists from 13 federal agencies – including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and …