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Rio 2016: 5 reasons the ‘Green games for a Blue Planet’ has failed to deliver

In its 2009 bid to host this year’s Olympic games, Rio aspired to host a “Green games for a Blue Planet”, committing to offsetting carbon emissions from those travelling to the games, reducing congestion on the roads, cleaning up local water bodies, improving amenities in the favelas and preserving nature. Seven years later, and with the Olympics in full swing, the Brazilian capital has fallen short on delivering the “most sustainable games in history”.

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‘Creation Time’ celebration to encourage Christians to consider their impact on the Environment

This September, churches in Ireland will join Christians throughout the world in celebrating the natural world and reflecting upon ways to decrease their ecological footprint, in a celebration known as ‘Creation Time’.

Running from the 1st of September until the Feast of St Francis on the 4th of October, this festival enables Christians of many traditions to explore better ways to relate to the natural world in all areas of their lives, from how they worship, live and work, to their property and finance management, community outreach and contact with the developing world.

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Public concern over the sale of 5,000 acres of the Dublin Mountains by NAMA

This reservoir located within the Dublin mountains is a crucial link between Dublin City and the Wicklow Mountains and has seen generations of people utilize the area for passive and active recreation and for its visual amenity. The topography and planning constraints demonstrate how this area is unsuitable for commercial development. This environmental, recreational and cultural asset should be protected for long-term public enjoyment as part of Wicklow Mountains National Park.