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Ireland’s worst environmental offenders named and shamed by EPA

July 12th, 2017 The EPA has publicly announced the worst offenders for breaching environmental laws in this country, in an approach aimed at encouraging greater environmental compliance. Four agri-business companies – Arrow Group Limited in Naas, Irish Cement Limited in Limerick, Rosderra Irish Meats Group in Edenderry and Tipperary Co-operative Creamery Limited in Tipperary – and T & J Standish sawmills …

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Report part-funded by industry finds pesticides major risk to European bees

July 11th, 2017 A new study, part-funded by pesticide manufacturers Bayer and Syngenta, has found that pesticides pose a major risk to European honeybees and wild bees. The study is based on work by researchers from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) who carried out a large-scale experiment to assess the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on honeybees and wild bees across …

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Three years and six goals to meet targets in the Paris Climate Agreement

July 10th, 2017 A grouping of climate change experts has published six goals that must be achieved by 2020 in order to meet the targets set out in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. In a letter published in the journal Nature, the authors and co-signatories – represented by eminent scientists, business leaders, economists and NGO representatives – declared we must …

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September date set for provisional application of controversial CETA trade deal

July 10th, 2017 The controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will be provisionally applied from 21 September after Canada and the European Union reached an agreement at the G20 meeting in Hamburg. In a joint statement issued last weekend, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker stated that all “necessary steps” have been taken on both …

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US isolated over climate stance at G20 meeting in Hamburg

July 10th, 2017 The United States’ isolated stance on climate change was made clear at this weekend’s G20 meeting in Hamburg as the other nineteen world leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Accord. The final G20 joint statement – produced after lengthy negotiations lasting until noon on Saturday – outlines the “strong commitment to the Paris agreement” of all G20 …

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Opinion: Trudeau and the Environment – ‘Trump with better hair’

July 10th, 2017 Since his election as leader of the Canadian government in 2015, Justin Trudeau has been celebrated as a liberal icon due to his progressive stance on many issues around human rights and equality, as well as his public image as a youthful and fun-loving politician (he has a penchant for colourful socks and can often be spotted …

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The Green Party’s Waste Reduction Bill to be debated in Dáil tomorrow

July 10th, 2017 The Green Party’s Waste Reduction Bill is set to be debated in the Dáil tomorrow evening after the Labour Party agreed to co-sponsor the Bill. The Bill calls for a ban on non-biodegradable coffee cups from January 2020, and for the introduction of a deposit and refund scheme for glass and plastic bottles. If the Bill goes …

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All new Volvo cars to be electric or hybrid from 2019

July 6th, 2017 Volvo will only produce fully electric or hybrid cars from 2019, making it the first mainstream car manufacturer to commit to a total phase out of cars solely powered by internal combustion engines. This may well be a landmark moment and one of the clearest a signs yet that traditional petrol or diesel fueled cars may be …