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The Scottish Government has banned fracking, says Energy Minister

October 6th, 2017 The Scottish Government has banned fracking following public outcry over the environmental risks and health hazards linked to the controversial industry. Earlier this week, Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse declared that the January 2015 moratorium on fracking will now be made permanent. …

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LULUCF decision met with dismay from NGOs and scientists

September 17th, 2017 Scientists and NGOs have reacted with dismay to a European decision to allow member states to increase their levels of timber harvesting up to 2030. On 13 September, the European Parliament passed an amended policy framework for future EU land use policy, …

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Friends of the Earth urge Taoiseach to support solar

September 1, 2017 One of Ireland’s leading environmental NGOs has called on the Taoiseach to follow through on his pledge to support the establishment of rooftop solar on residential properties across Ireland. According to Friends of the Earth (FoE) Ireland, Leo Varadkar was one of …

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Ireland’s solar industry: From a bang to a whimper

August 30th, 2017 The Solar Energy Future conference in Cork at the start of 2016 was a roaring success. The event brought together over 350 interested parties, encouraged by the recent drop in solar technology costs and the rise in policymakers’ interest in green energy. …