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Opposition continues to mount to abolition of the Department of the Environment

Close to 12,000 people have now singed a petition to ask the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to reinstate the Department of Environment. The petition has been online for less than two weeks after it was started by a number of concerned environmental groups. Friends of the Earth, VOICE, An Taisce, BirdWatch Ireland and the Irish Wildlife Trust joined forces to raise the issue with …

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Plastic pollution : a national and international issue

May 27th, 2016 Look around, is there plastic near you? Of course there is. Plastic is everywhere. The cheap practical material is used for a large number of goods, it revolutionised our lives but what about the “after”? The pieces left behind, on the streets and most importantly in our oceans? Ireland was the first country to develop a policy …

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Study shows that antibiotics double methane emitted by cows

26th May, 2016 Today, a lot of antibiotics are given to cattle in prevention of diseases. A study, published by the Royal Society  on Wednesday, revealed that they contribute to antibiotics resistance but also to climate change. Tobin Hammer has co-conducted the study showing that Tertracycline, an antibiotics used worldwide to treat cattle, is contributing  to climate change. The medication transforms …

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Climate Change is THE Global Challenge of our Generation says Minister Denis Naughten

May 25th, 2016 The Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources Mr. Denis Naughten T.D., has said that Climate Change is the global challenge of our generation. Speaking today at a launch event for the Local Authority Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Guidelines, Minister Naughten said that this position “is reflected in the Programme for a Partnership Government which has identified Climate Change as a …

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Killarney’s Biodiversity succeeds in delighting Wildlife Enthusiasts

May 24th, 2016 There are few places as beautiful at this time of year as Killarney National Park. Wildflowers are in bloom, birds sing from trees at every turn, and resident mammals are out in force. A lucky group of competition winners last weekend enjoyed a wildlife-filled tour of the 26,000 acre park as part of Biodiversity Week. Over Saturday and Sunday, which …

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Friday afternoon game: ‘Where’s Wallaby’?!

This week, to Celebrate Biodiversity week, some lucky nature enthusiasts won a trip to Lambay and Rockabill Islands to experience the wildlife that they support. Alongside the Puffins, Roseate Terns and Grey and Common Seals, onlookers were surprised to see Wallabies. But they turned out to be difficult to find in the foliage of Lambay Island.

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Ballymun goes Wild during Biodiversity Week!

May 19th, 2016 To celebrate National Biodiversity Week, which runs every year in May, Dublin-based NGO Global Action Plan (GAP) invited classes from Ballymun schools to take part in Nature Trail experience celebrating our local heritage. On the 16th of May students from Scoil an tSeachtar Laoch, Our Lady of Victories Boys National School and Our Lady of Victories Girls …