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Greens criticise Summer Economic Statement for excluding environmental challenges

July 14th, 2017 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, expressed concern yesterday that the Summer Economic Statement makes no mention of the environmental challenges which Ireland faces. Deputy Ryan went on to criticise the focus on “abstract economic growth figures” stating that they were not linked to “real improvements in the quality of our lives”. The failure of the statement to …

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Serious dangers of BPA recognised by leading chemical safety agency

July 14th, 2017 The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – responsible for implementing chemical legislation in the EU – has officially recognised the endocrine-disrupting properties of bisphenol A, also known as BPA. The update was made to the ECHA Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), which contains substances that may have serious effects on human health or the …

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BREXIT: Great Repeal Bill raises concern among environmentalists

July 13th, 2017 With the EU (Withdrawal) Bill – better known as the Great Repeal Bill – being published today, the potential impact of Brexit on wildlife and habitats in the UK is open to speculation. Regardless of political borders, the natural environment across the island of Ireland is interlinked and Brexit holds the potential to impact on wildlife and …

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Waste Reduction Bill passes Second Stage in the Dáil

July 12th, 2017 Political parties and NGOs have welcomed the progress of the Waste Reduction Bill as it passed Second Stage in the Dáil yesterday evening. Last week, the Labour Party announced that it would co-sponsor the bill and use its Private Members’ slot to debate the Bill which will now move on to Committee Stage. The Bill calls for …

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Ireland’s worst environmental offenders named and shamed by EPA

July 12th, 2017 Ireland’s environmental watchdog has warned five industrial sites already under its radar for serious breaches of the environmental law to clean up their act or face further sanctions. The five sites are Arrow Group Limited, Co Kildare; Rosderra Irish Meats Group, Co Offaly; T & J Standish Limited, Co Tipperary; Tipperary Co-operative Creamery Limited, Co Tipperary; and …

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The Importance of Healthy Soil for Long-Term Food Security

Globally, conventional agriculture is still following the same model of working with the land that led to the great dust bowls of America in the 1930s. So are we walking straight into a global crisis without noticing it, asks Permaculture teacher and designer Aaron Jewell. Every single civilization has relied on topsoil and agriculture to provide food security for its …

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Report part-funded by industry finds pesticides major risk to European bees

July 11th, 2017 A new study, part-funded by pesticide manufacturers Bayer and Syngenta, has found that pesticides pose a major risk to European honeybees and wild bees. The study is based on work by researchers from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) who carried out a large-scale experiment to assess the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on honeybees and wild bees across …

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Five groups in Ireland to help you reduce your plastic waste

July 11th 2017 To celebrate Plastic Free July we have put together a list of five groups in Ireland that can help you cut plastic out of your life. From re-using goods to simple advice, these groups are invaluable sources of information and also lots of fun to be a part of! 1. Zero Waste Ireland Zero Waste Ireland is …