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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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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 …

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Groundbreaking EPA report reveals scale of microplastic pollution in Irish freshwaters

June 8th, 2017 A groundbreaking Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report published today reveals for the first time evidence on the sources and scale of microplastic pollution in Ireland’s freshwater system. The research, led by the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology also highlights a number of potential impacts on human health. Microplastics are tiny plastic …

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Plastic pollution and marine litter the focus of World Oceans Day 2017

June 7th, 2017 A number of events will be held across the world over the coming days to celebrate World Oceans Day 2017, including community clean ups and projects to eliminate or lower usage of single use plastic bags and bottles. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Our Ocean, Our Future’ focusing on the problem of plastics pollution and cleaning …

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Scientists warn increasing ocean temperatures could destroy world’s coral reefs within decades

New research published in the journal PeerJ, reports that strict conservation and protection measures has failed to halt the destruction of coral reefs in the Hawaiin Islands, with 90% of Hawaiian coral reefs suffering bleaching in 2014 and 2015. Widespread bleaching of coral reefs, whereby corals expel crucial algae living symbiotically within their tissues, is a stress response to increasing …