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‘Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ exhibition celebrates Ireland’s leading amateur nature photographers

June 21st, 2017 Ireland’s leading amateur nature and wildlife photographers are set to be celebrated at the launch of Ireland’s ‘Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ exhibition today. The exhibition of winners and shortlisted finalists will be on display in Pearse Street Library from 1pm today and will continue for four weeks. A record number of over 500 entries were received …

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Renowned Irish Science show takes gold at prestigious international Radio Awards

June 20th, 2017 Newstalk’s science and technology radio programme Futureproof has today won two medals at the New York Festival’s World Best Radio Programme Awards. Futureproof won two awards for the documentary “The Space Between Skeleton and Skin”, the story and science behind Irish adventurer Mark Pollock’s efforts to walk again despite his paralysis. The programme won the Gold Radio …

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Bike Week 2017 final events this weekend

June 16th, 2017 Bike Week which runs from June 10 – 18 – is a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. There are bike-themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups across the country.  As the week winds down, David Hayden looks at some interesting statistics and biking events happening this weekend. …

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Cross-border cooperation to protect environment across Ireland must not be “diluted” by Brexit, warn MEPs

June 16th, 2017 Crucial cross-border cooperation to protect the environment across the island of Ireland must not be “diluted” by Brexit, warned MEPs, NGOs and leading legal experts at a conference today. The views were expressed at a conference in Dundalk today to examine the potential impacts on the Irish environment in a post-Brexit world and explore opportunities for new …

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Green Party launch Waste Reduction Bill 2017

June 15th, 2017 Tthe Green Party today launched a Waste Reduction Bill to introduce a deposit refund scheme for glass and plastic bottles and a complete ban on single-use non-recyclable plastics, such as coffee cups and plastic cutlery. Only 40 per cent of the 210,000 tonnes of plastic produced each year in Ireland is recycled and at least 52.5 per cent …

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Retailers face higher costs without HFC phase-out, says Environmental Investigation Agency

June 15th, 2017 European retailers face severe financial repercussions if they do not transition to hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free cooling technology, the Environmental Investigation Agency warned today. The EU F-Gas Regulation, brought into law in 2015, legislates for the rapid, stepped phasing out of the use HFCs, which are potent greenhouse gases. From 2018 HFC supplies will be slashed by 48 per cent. …

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Can we turn the tide on the marine plastic pollution?

June 14th, 2017 Last week, World Oceans Day correctly directed our attention to the 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans. Active research and public awareness of this issue may well be at its highest ever. This is a good thing. The question, however, is whether we can translate this awareness into meaningful action. The urgency cannot …