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BirdWatch Ireland to carry out research on the impact of offshore energy projects on Marine Birds

BirdWatch Ireland will shortly begin research to assess the potential impact that offshore renewable energy projects would have on seabirds and coastal water birds. The study precedes a boost in development of Ireland’s indigenous ocean energy industry, after the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland awarded €4.3 million in grants to various groups working in this field.
As part of this project, the organisation will develop a ‘Bird Sensitivity Map’ to inform energy companies of zones that pose a high risk to sea birds and ecosystems.

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Mass sperm whale deaths across Western Europe

Since mid-January, 29 sperm whales have died on beaches in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Britain. They are thought by experts to be members of the same pod, a group of young males migrating south from subpolar waters. Its unclear why these sperm whales entered these shallow waters, given that they are deep-sea mammals and are can easily become disoriented if they get into shallow water.

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ECO-UNESCO now enrolling for Education in Sustainable Development course

February 25th, 2016 A two day course on Education for sustainable development – an environmental perspective, organised by ECO-UNESCO, will take place on the last day of March and the first day of April.  Both days of the courses will have a separate theme and content: Thursday the 31st of March will cover the fundamentals of education for sustainable development in …

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Young Friends of the Earth and Environmental Pillar’s election debate on the environment sets twitter alight with #GE16Environment

In an effort to break the silence on the topics of environment and climate change thus far in the general election campaign, Young Friends of the Earth and The Environmental Pillar hosted a hustings at Wynn’s hotel in Dublin, last night. If achieving trending status on twitter is anything to go by, this was certainly achieved and #GE16Environment finally made it onto the agenda.