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Rare honeycomb reef off Irish coast needs Legal Protection

10th April 2017 A rare honeycomb reef off the Irish coast may come under threat due to a lack of legal protection, according to the findings of this year’s All Ireland Coastwatch Survey. Coastal erosion, an increase in the discovery of dead large marine animals and alarming levels of nitrates pollution in Cork Harbour were also outlined in the report …

To Flush or Not to Flush? The outrageous fortune of wet wipes is causing us a ‘sea of troubles’

7th April 2017 ‘Think before you flush’ has been the motto of An Taisce’s Clean Coasts for some time but now wily manufacturers are muddying the waters of what is and what is not a ‘flushable’ item. This new development may have tremendous implications for consumer behaviour, our sewage system and for the environment, writes David Hayden. The problem caused by non-biodegradable …

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Tremendous response to public consultation on microbeads ban, says Minister Coveney

7th April 2017 The “tremendous” response to the public consultation on a microbeads ban outlines the Irish people’s growing concern with protecting our marine environment, says Minister Simon Coveney. Speaking at a Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) workshop in Dublin yesterday, the Housing Minister said that over 3,000 submissions were received. The Minister outlined his delight with the response, which he said …

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Irish agriculture is the least climate-efficient in the EU

6th April 2017 Ireland has the least climate-efficient agricultural sector in Europe, according to a new EU report. The report, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, indicates that Ireland emits more greenhouse gas emissions per euro of agricultural output than any other EU member state. Italy was the best performing country in the study, achieving …

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Fracking Ban Moves Step Closer with Oireachtas Committee Backing

6th April 2017 A national ban on fracking moved a step closer this month as an Oireachtas Joint Committee unanimously agreed to support a Private Member’s Bill on the matter. The Bill from Sligo-Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin was referred to the Joint Committee on Climate Action and Environment for pre-legislative scrutiny after the Dáil passed the first stage of the Bill last …

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€5 million Scheme to Deep Retrofit Homes announced. Is enough being done for Ireland to reach its 2030 targets?

6th April 2017 €5 million has been allocated to the deep retrofit homes scheme this year to fund major energy efficiency upgrades to homes and low carbon heating system. The new multi-annual scheme scheme was launched today at the 2017 SEAI roadshow by Minister of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Denis Naughten. The scheme will be managed by the Sustainable Energy Authority …

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MEPs vote in favour of a phase-out of incentives for vegetable oil biofuel by 2020

European politicians voted today in favour of a resolution calling for a halt to incentives for biofuels used in the transport sector that are linked to deforestation and peatland destruction. Groups across the political spectrum in the European Parliament (EP) gave their support to a motion calling on the European Commission to phase out crop-based biofuels in the new Renewable …