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NCAD Community Garden supports People4Soil!

15th March 2017 Thanks to Giulia Caesar and Martin Obst, of NCAD Community Garden in Dublin 8, for supporting the People4Soil campaign! People4Soil: Ireland’s Soils Need Your Help Soil is one of the most valuable and precious natural resources on the planet, yet, incredibly, it is not protected. It can take 1,000 years for just 1cm of topsoil to form, …

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Zero Waste Guru delivers inspirational talk to crowded hall in Dublin

14th March 2017 Bea Johnson, zero waste guru, blogger and author of the acclaimed, Zero Waste Home, gave a presentation on her environmentally-friendly ethos and lifestyle at Trinity College Dublin last night. There was standing room only in a packed Robert Emmet theatre, with individuals from a variety of backgrounds squeezing themselves in to hear Bea Johnson’s pearls of zero …

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Drones and CCTV to be used in new anti-dumping initiative

13th March 2017 A new initiative to tackle illegal dumping of household waste has been launched today in Ballinasloe, Galway, by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D. Illegal dumping is a major issue throughout the country, but community groups and state agencies can now avail of funding to help combat the littering. The initiative will provide €650,000 …

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Get Down and Dirty with Soil – Take the Soil Quiz!

Ireland’s Soils Need Your Help! Soil is one of the most valuable and precious natural resources on the planet. We depend on soil for healthy food, clean water, storing carbon, preventing floods, and ultimately supporting all life. Without healthy soils, there is no future. Yet, despite its incredible importance, our soils are not protected. Over the last half century, Ireland’s soils have come under increasing threat from pesticides, afforestation, land use changes, over-farming, erosion and overgrazing, industry and urbanisation.

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Food waste initiatives set up to stop the rot

13th March 2017 Ireland’s first ever action group on food waste in the retail sector was established last week along with a series of measures to tackle food waste in the country. Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, launched the National Forum on Food Waste, which was hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA estimates that …

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Free green training to support Ireland’s youth into work

March 10th 2017 Young Irish jobseekers are now being offered the opportunity to up-skill for emerging environmental job opportunities through a free ECO-UNESCO initiative called Green Skills. ECO-UNESCO, an environmental education and youth organisation, will deliver Green Skills programmes beginning on March 27th at ECO-UNESCO, 9 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, with more dates to be announced for Galway and Dublin this …

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First we had ‘Fatbergs’ now disgusting ‘Tar Balls’ are hitting Ireland’s west coast

10 March 2017 Never mind dangerous white ‘fatbergs’ peppering Ireland’s east coast. In a case of bizarre symmetry we now have disgusting black ‘tar balls’ hitting the west coast. Beach walkers on Achill Island’s Blue-Flag Keel Beach have reported ‘tar-like blobs’ in the sand this week. It’s particularly disturbing to find residue of petroleum sea-pollution washing ashore in a location …

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Friends of the Earth’s Kate Ruddock appointed to the board of SEAI

10 March 2017 Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland, has been appointed to the board of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D., appointed Ms Ruddock to the Board of SEAI this week. She was selected after a competitive selection process and will hold the position for …