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EPA orders Council to investigate potential contamination of River Nore

August 4th, 2017 Ireland’s environmental watchdog has ordered Kilkenny County Council to investigate potential contamination of the River Nore by discharge from a Council street sweeping truck. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called for the investigation after video footage emerged of a street sweeping truck emptying a liquid substance into the river in April 2016. The incident occurred along the Canal Walk, …

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Minister approves funding for Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund

August 2nd, 2017 The Environment Minister, Denis Naughten, has approved total nationwide funding of €460,000 for this year’s Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund scheme. Grants have been awarded to 834 projects for the 2017 scheme, with funding up 15 per cent from last year. The fund, which has operated since 1997, promotes sustainable development by assisting small-scale environmental projects …

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Ireland wants ‘get out of jail free card’ for air pollution, say leading environmental NGOs

August 1st, 2017 Ireland is among nine EU countries seeking “get out of jail free cards” from the European Commission for breaking air pollution ceilings, according to Europe’s leading environmental NGOs. The move has been criticised by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), ClientEarth, Transport & Environment, AirClim and the Health and Environment Alliance in a letter to Europe’s Environment Commissioner, …

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ECJ orders emergency ban on logging in one of Europe’s oldest forests

July 28th, 2017 An immediate ban on logging in Poland’s ancient Białowieza Forest has been issued by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) due to fears that irreparable damage will be done to the forest. The European Commission referred Poland to the Court earlier this month for increased logging in the country’s oldest forest, and called on the ECJ to …

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Higher diesel excise a step toward inevitable ban on diesel and petrol cars

Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has repeated its call for the State to increase excise rates for diesel as a progressive step towards the inevitable ban on the internal combustion engine. The Environmental Pillar also welcomes the UK’s decision to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol cars from 2040, and the recommendation of our own Climate Change Advisory Council …

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Additional weekend announced for Citizens’ Assembly on climate change

July 27th, 2017 The Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly has called for an additional weekend to “truly do justice” to the complicated question of how Ireland can lead in tackling climate change. Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said that the decision will allow the Assembly to fully consider one of the “most complex topics facing Irish society” and enhance future recommendations. “In order to do …

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Scientist defends findings of new pesticides study from industry criticism

July 27th, 2017 The lead author of a study that found neonicotinoid pesticides (NCPs) to be harmful to European bees has defended his findings against criticism from pesticide manufacturers that part-funded the research. The study by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) published last month in Science was part-funded by pesticide producers Bayer and Syngenta. Carried out in the UK, …