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EU deputies fail to reach an agreement on glyphosate

Yesterday, EU deputies failed, for the third time, to reach an agreement on whether or not to renew glyphosate, leaving the future of the product uncertain.
More commonly known as Roundup, the herbicide made by agrichemical group Monsanto needs 55% of the vote to pass, but several countries are opposed to its continuation as it is suspected to affect bees and the health of the population. Only Malta voted against the proposal, 20 countries voted for it and 7 countries abstained.

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Conversion of Peat-fired power stations to Biomass being investigated by Minister Naughten

June 7th, 2016 The feasibility of converting three peat-fired power stations in the Midlands to biomass is being examined by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D. This option is under examination as the possibility of the Edenderry plant failing to secure planning approval could mean that the jobs of the 800-900 people directly employed across all three power …

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Seaweeds need greater protection says Coastwatch

June 3rd, 2016 Discussions about environmental conservation typically center around issues like biodiversity loss, soil degradation or deforestation as a result of human activity. Much less frequently heard about, but no less important, is the world under the sea, where many invaluable ecosystems and ecological services occur in relative obscurity. Irish marine environmental NGO Coastwatch recently held a one-day conference on …

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Ireland’s SIX cleanest beaches

You are probably wondering where you could go this week end to survive those high temperatures, look no further, here’s a list of the best beaches to go to this weekend! Clean coasts and Blue flag, both programs run by An Taisce, have release the results of their studies, classifying Irish beaches. Clean coast’s aim is to engage communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life, through coastal clean-up initiatives and marine litter surveys. And the Blue flag is a European program.

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Five reasons why it’s wrong to abolish the Department of the Environment

A Department of Environment is needed to prevent severe losses to biodiversity, and damage to the natural systems that provide us with clean air and water, and support food production. A strong and well-funded Department dealing with all natural environment issues – natural heritage, wildlife, water, air, waste, forestry, soil and climate change