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EU’s aviation climate strategy questioned by damning report on emissions offset

April 19th 2017 Eighty-five per cent of all offset projects under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) are failing to reduce their reducing emissions, a new European Commission study has found. Carbon offsetting occurs when airline companies attempt to limit or neutralise their aircraft’s carbon emissions by investing in carbon reduction projects.  The report questions the decision to rely almost exclusively on offsetting …

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Heritage Bill: ‘Regressive’ amendment would further loosen hedge cutting restrictions, opposition senators say

April 15th 2017 Senators have warned that a last-minute “regressive” amendment to further loosen restrictions on hedge cutting would spell danger for our wildlife if the Heritage Bill becomes law. Speaking during report stage on Thursday, several senators said that the amendment to the much debated Bill rows back months of hard work by all parties involved. The Bill now moves …

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“When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: My father, digging. I look down” – The role of soil in Seamus Heaney’s “Digging” #People4Soil

April 13th 2017 Seamus Heaney, along with a plethora of Irish artists have highlighted the Irish landscape as being paramount in creating, analyzing and solidifying the substance of a nation’s identity. Heaney’s poems on ground and bogs emphasised the importance of our soil. #People4Soil are campaigning to protect our soil with their petition for a directive on soil. Unlike wind, air and …

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Solar farm legislation ‘urgently needed’, says Cork Senator

13th April 2017 Solar farm legislation is “urgently needed” as councils struggle to deal with an explosion in planning applications, says Cork Senator. Speaking in the Seanad this week, Fine Gael’s Tim Lombard called for national guidelines to assist Local Authorities in dealing with planning applications for solar farms. Over 160 planning applications for solar developments were lodged across the country by …

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Bill to ban fracking may pass before Dáil breaks for summer

12th April 2017 The Oireachtas environmental committee is confident that the Bill to ban fracking will be signed into law before the Dáil breaks for summer recess, says the committee’s chairperson. Speaking this morning at the launch of a report scrutinising the controversial practice, Deputy Hildegarde Naughton said that the committee fully supports the objectives of the Bill brought by …

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Illegal gorse burning penalties ineffective, say campaigners

12th April, 2017 Penalties for the unlawful burning of gorse are ineffective and do nothing to stop perpetrators says campaign group following a series of illegal fires across the country. Fifteen wild fires were recorded last month in counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Galway, Donegal, Louth and Mayo, eight of which were in protected areas. The Wildlife Act currently prohibits the burning or destruction …

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Irresponsible to allow fracking in Ireland, says Oireachtas Committee

11th April 2017 The Oireachtas environmental watchdog has warned that it would be irresponsible to give fracking the go-ahead in Ireland and backed calls for a ban on the practice. The Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment found that fracking opens up the potential for chemical spills, leaks and groundwater contamination. Following months of analysis, the Committee’s finding will …