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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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Reducing meat intake has environmental and health benefits

June 12th, 2017 Today – Monday 12th June – marks World Meat Free Day. This is an initiative that pushes for everyone to adopt a meat-free diet for 24 hours in an effort to is raise awareness of the need to reduce our meat consumption for our health and the health of the planet. Life cycle assessment of food products …

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Photography and wildlife conservation – What use is a photograph?

June 7th, 2017 This year’s Biodiversity Photographer of the Year competition has now ended and we have received a huge amount of high quality photographs. Unfortunately only a few can win the prize, but there are other ways to put your photographs to use. We talk to top wildlife photographer, Kevin Murphy, to see how your photos can make an …

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Shocking Climate Change denial aired on RTE during Claire Byrne Live

June 3rd, 2017 A segment on Climate Change which aired on the Claire Byrne Live RTÉ One last week has caused controversy and uproar among Irish environmentalists. The segment, set up as a two-panel debate, lent undeserved credibility to climate-change deniers. Based on a somewhat dubious poll, Claire Byrne questioned the degree to which the general public accept the conclusions …

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Trump’s climate decision dangerous for the US and the world

June 1st, 2017 President Trump tweeted late on Wednesday evening that be will be announcing his decision on whether or not the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement today at 8PM Irish time. Unfortunately, and as expected, he announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Agreement which aims to limit global average temperature to within 2°C …

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Kate’s take on Bloom 2017: ‘Excellence and innovation in garden design’

“I liked it the way it was, we’ll probably get marked down for it,” said Liat Schurmann of Mount Venus Nursery, eyeing the tiny Star of Bethlehem that smuggled itself in under cover of a shuttlecock fern. I’m at this year’s Bloom Festival and ‘Transition’ is Liat and Oliver Schurmann’s show garden for FBD Insurance. Inspired by the Connemara landscape, …

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VIDEO: Soil and the Irish soul with Helen Kelly #People4Soil

February 24, 2017 Helen Kelly gave a different kind of talk at the launch of the People4Soil campaign. Speaking about healing, wellness, and her childhood in Donegal, Helen shared her story about recovery from cancer and the deep rooted cultural connection the Irish people have to the soil. She spoke about remembering, and belonging to the land, walking barefoot and ways …

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OpEd : ‘Fake News’ stories and climate-change deniers are duping hundreds of millions on social media

13 January, 2017 Trump, Twitter, Climate-Change denial and the Advent of ‘Fake News’ EPA, Breitbart News and the credibility crisis of climate-science under the Trump administration Facebook an echo chamber for ideological views and ‘fake news’? Facebook and Google move together with action against Fake News Zuckerberg changes his stance on ‘fake news’ to speak about ‘responsibility’   BS Detector Plugin …