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Draft National Mitigation Plan inadequate to tackle climate change, say environmental groups

26th April 2017 The Government’s long overdue draft National Mitigation Plan is almost wholly inadequate to meet the climate challenges ahead, according to Ireland’s leading environmental organisations. The Environmental Pillar, together with Stop Climate Chaos, has outlined its findings on the draft Plan in a submission sent as part of a public consultation set to close today. The joint submission …

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New Hen Harrier Scheme set to be rolled out

26th April 2017 Work on a new locally-led Hen Harrier scheme is to be rolled out immediately according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed. The scheme will be introduced as a pilot project as part of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme. It is aimed at farmers with designated land and will provide farmers with an additional …

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The Living Land Campaign Campaign – Last Day for submissions to Public Consultation May 2, 2017

24th April, 2017 The ‘Living Land’ Campaign was established with the goal of reforming the Common Agricultural Policy. The campaign was started by BirdLife Europe & Central Asia, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and WWF EU, but its vision goes far beyond environmental issues. Europe’s food and farming system needs fundamental reform and ‘Living Land’ seeks to enrich the debate around the …

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Carmaking countries blocking vehicle checks that would reduce air pollution, documents state

April 25th 2017 Major car-making countries are preventing efforts to strengthen the system of testing vehicles’ emissions, according to official documents and informal minutes seen by Transport & Environment (T&E). According to the documents, Germany, Italy and Spain, along with Poland, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, have opposed new checks by the European Commission to confirm that cars, once sold, …

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European Commissioners set to discuss glyphosate renewal tomorrow

April 25th 2017 European commissioners are due to meet tomorrow to discuss the possible renewal of glyphosate for 15 years. The European Parliament has been deadlocked on renewing the licence since last year. At the same time, an ongoing European Citizens’ petition calling on the EU to ban glyphosates recently passed the 700,000 signature mark. The campaign says that glyphosates can …

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Gorse Fires ravage Irish landscape over the weekend

April 24th 2017 Livestock, wildlife, acres of farmland, conservation areas and forestry were left decimated over the weekend with dozens of firefighting units battling gorse fires in numerous parts of the country. Parts of Cork and Kerry were particularly affected, with firefighters attending gorse fires in Bantry, Kenmare, Knocknagoshel and Gougane Barra.  A number of houses were threatened by the fires. …

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Irish Artist creates major new work for Earth Day 2017

22nd April 2017 Irish artist John Gerrard has created a major piece of work to coincide with Earth Day 2017. Commissioned by Channel 4 for Somerset House, London, the piece, entitled Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017, consists of a virtual simulation of a flag formed of thick black smoke on the site of the ‘Lucas Gusher’ in Spindletop, Texas – the world’s first …

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People4Soil: New social media campaign launched to highlight importance of our soil

April 19th, 2017 Some of Ireland’s leading chefs, restaurateurs and high-profile environmentalists came together today to urge the EU to enact legislation to protect Irish soil. The Environmental Pillar today launched a new social media campaign – #Selfie4Soil – to boost public awareness of the People4Soil campaign at an event in Piglet Wine Bar in Temple Bar, Co Dublin. The …