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Ireland’s low-carbon transition at risk without “concrete commitment” from State, warns expert council

July 26th, 2017 The Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) has warned that Ireland’s near certain failure to meet our 2020 emissions targets will impact on our longer term decarbonisation plans. In its first major report released today, the Council states that Ireland is “unlikely” to meet its 2020 emissions target by a “substantial margin”, warning that the cost of State …

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Greens call for mandated EV charging points at petrol stations nationwide

July 25th, 2017 The Green Party has launched a new campaign calling for rules to mandate all petrol service stations to install charging points for electric vehicles. Speaking at the launch of the Electric Vehicles Campaign today, Green Party Leader, Eamon Ryan TD, said that “frustration” that many drivers experience with the current charging infrastructure must be addressed. Mr Ryan …

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Migrant workers on fishing boats still face “gross forms of exploitation”, Jobs Committee told

July 25, 2017 A permit scheme introduced in February 2016 to regularise the employment of migrant workers on Irish fishing boats has been severely criticised at a recent committee hearing. Rolled out by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in 2015, the Atypical Worker Permission Scheme gave undocumented fishermen from outside the EU from February to July 2016 to come forward and …

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Record number of Irish parks achieved Green Flag Award for 2017

July 24th, 2017 A record number of Irish parks have achieved the Green Flag Award for 2017 for their high quality and environmentally sustainable management of their green spaces. An Taisce, one of Ireland’s oldest and largest environmental groups, awarded the Green Flags to 36 parks across the country at a ceremony in Malahide Castle last week. This is an …

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Contentious bid for waste plant permit in Warrenpoint Harbour withdrawn

July 24th, 2017 A waste company has withdrawn its contentious bid for a permit to operate a waste plant in Warrenpoint Harbour in Newry following concerns from the local community. The company, Re-Gen Waste Ltd, submitted an application in February for a Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Permit for the operation of a waste management facility in the harbour on …

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New national divestment campaign launched by Fossil Free TCD and Trócaire

July 24th, 2017 A new national campaign has been launched to push every third-level institutions to divest from fossil fuels and commit to never investing in the industry again. The new campaign – Fossil Free Ireland – was launched by Fossil Free TCD and Trócaire at an event in the capital last Saturday. Over the past two years, several third-level …

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LONG READ – Humans are causing one of the worst mass extinctions in Earth history

July 21st, 2017 Humans are the root cause of the ‘biological annihilation’ of life on Earth, according to a study published recently in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study – conducted by a team of scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Stanford University – studied population and distribution trends for 27,600 …

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Five Irish species at risk in the ‘sixth mass extinction’

July 21st, 2017 There was widespread media coverage last week as scientists warned that a sixth mass extinction is underway due to a “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades. According to the new study, human overpopulation and overconsumption are driving the loss of species and ecosystems around the world. And Ireland is no exception to this. While the survival …

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Most plastic created since 1950 dumped into the environment

July 21st, 2017 Humans have produced 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic in just shy of seven decades and most of it has been dumped into the environment. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances and conducted by a team of US scientists from UC Santa Barbara, University of Georgia and the Sea Education Association. The …