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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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Groundbreaking EPA report reveals scale of microplastic pollution in Irish freshwaters

June 8th, 2017 A groundbreaking Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report published today reveals for the first time evidence on the sources and scale of microplastic pollution in Ireland’s freshwater system. The research, led by the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology also highlights a number of potential impacts on human health. Microplastics are tiny plastic …

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€616m paid out in potentially environmentally damaging subsidies in 2015, CSO data reveals

June 8th, 2017 Despite a marked increase in environmental subsidies for renewable energy in 2015, over €616m was also dished out for potentially environmentally damaging subsidies, new CSO figures reveal. According to new figures released this week, total environmental funding amounted to €642 million in 2015, four per cent higher that the amount paid out in 2014. An environmental subsidy …

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Eleven hospitalised after incident at Poolbeg Incinerator

June 8th, 2017 Eleven workers at the Poolbeg Incinerator in Dublin were taken to hospital late yesterday evening as a result of the uncontrolled discharge of lime at the facility. Covanta, the company which runs the Poolbeg incineration facility, stated that the incident is believed to have stemmed from the release of lime used in the treatment of waste. Exposure to …