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Europol operation leads to seizure of 4,000 kg of critically endangered species

July 28th, 2017 A pan-European operation led by Europol into illegal fishing activities has netted 48 suspects and 4,000 kg of a critically endangered species of eel. Operation LAKE aims to dismantle organised criminal networks involved in the trafficking of endangered species within the EU, and involved law enforcement from France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, as well as …

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Plastic polluting Scotland’s remotest islands and beaches

July 27th, 2017 Marine scientists aboard Greenpeace’s vessel the Beluga II have documented extensive plastic pollution in some of the most remote parts of the UK. The Beluga II  is due to dock in Edinburgh today after a 2-month survey and in-depth analysis will follow in the coming months. Initial findings document extensive plastic pollution in remote locations of Scotland, …

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Legislation needed to protect European soil, new EU study finds

A new report published by the European Parliament’s committee responsible for scrutinising the European Commission’s agricultural policies has highlighted the threats facing soils across Europe. The report – prepared by academic experts from Wageningen University, Aarhus University and the University of Cordoba – was presented to the European Parliament on 20th June and included a number of policy recommendations. The …

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European experts brought in to investigate illegal gorse fires in Northern Ireland

International experts have joined forces with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) to investigative the origin of almost one thousand gorse fires which raged across Northern Ireland last month. Operation WildFire will team the NIEA, PSNI and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) with a team of international wildfire investigators from the European Forest Institute and European Forest Risk …

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Road Safety Authority not consulted on Heritage Bill, says Sinn Fein TD

June 23rd, 2017 Minister Heather Humphreys has not consulted with the Road Safety Authority about the Heritage Bill despite claims that road safety is at the Bill’s core, a Sinn Fein TD has said. Speaking in the Dail yesterday, Peadar Toibin TD said that the RSA confirmed to him a fortnight ago that it has had no contact with officials …

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Deep retrofit of housing stock one of Ireland’s key energy challenges, says Climate Minister

Ireland’s housing stock will require a deep energy upgrade if we are to have any chance of reaching our ambitious climate and energy goals, the Minister for Climate Action and Environment has said. Speaking at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) inaugural National Deep Retrofit Conference at the Aviva Stadium yesterday, Minister Naughton said the deep retrofitting of our …

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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 …