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A gallery of extinct Irish animals from St Patrick’s time

To commemorate St Patrick’s day we have created a compilation of mammals that have become extinct in Ireland since the fifth century when St Patrick was still alive. Quite a few of these animals disappeared from Ireland hundreds of years ago, while others only died out recently. Some of the species mentioned are still alive today in other parts of Europe and the world, but others have become completely extinct from this world. All the animals in list have become extinct in Ireland due to human activity. Hopefully analyzing how these animals became extinct can be used to preserve wildlife that currently inhabit Ireland, Europe and the world.

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Agriculture and transport emissions will see Ireland miss its EU emissions targets, EPA reveal

Ireland’s agricultural and transport emissions have been growing significantly making it very difficult for the country to meet its 2020 EU emissions targets.
Ireland is unlikely to meet 2020 EU greenhouse gas emission targets for sectors including agriculture, transport, residential, commercial, non-energy intensive industry and waste;
Ireland’s emission reduction target is 20% below 2005 levels by 2020: EPA projections indicate that emissions will be 6 – 11% below 2005 levels by 2020;
Agriculture and transport are projected to account for over three-quarters of Ireland’s non-Emissions Trading Scheme emissions in 2020: agriculture (47%), transport (29%);

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A Gallery of Native Irish Trees

Considering that Tree Week (6th to the 13th of March) is coming up, we have released a gallery of trees that are native to Ireland. Tree Week raises awareness about the important ecosystem service trees provide.