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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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Opposition politicians call for the Dail to reject “rotten” CETA trade deal

July 5th, 2017 The EU-Canada trade deal is a “rotten agreement” that undermines democracy and must be rejected by the Dail, oppositions TDs said yesterday as the Canadian Prime Minister began his tour of Ireland. Speaking at a protest outside Government Buildings yesterday afternoon, politicians from the Green Party, Sinn Fein, and People Before Profit said that the deal will …

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Broad civil society coalition voice collective concern with CETA trade deal ahead of Trudeau visit

4th July 2017 A unique coalition of farming, business, trade union, civil society and environmental groups have voiced their collective concern about the proposed EU-Canadian trade deal in advance of tomorrow’s state visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The groups highlighted Mr Trudeau’s visit as part of a publicit­­­­y stunt to boost support for the controversial deal – known …

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Ireland in breach of air pollution ceilings, new EU report reveals

3rd July 2017 Ireland is among 11 EU states to breach air pollution ceilings under new EU Directive due to agricultural and transport emissions, a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report reveals. The information is the first set of data to be submitted by Member States under the new EU National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive to restrict emissions for five …

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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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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 …