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France wants to ban shale gas importation, what about Ireland?

May 12th, 2016 In Ireland there is a policy prohibiting fracking but none treating the importation of shale oil and gas, which is produced through fracking. Speaking yesterday French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said she wants to stop the importation of shale oil and gas into France. This came on the back of the decision by two French electricity companies to import oil …

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How Thunderclap is raising awareness of the #Nature Alert campaign.

Birdwatch Ireland is playing a key part in the  #NatureAlert campaign to protect the EU’s nature laws using Thunderclap. Thunderclap is a powerful tool that lets a single message be collected over weeks, and then delivered at one moment. A bit like thousands of people shouting at the same time, rather than alone, one at a time. Since the resounding …

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Biofuels are worse than fossil fuels, research finds

Biomass is often described as a clean, renewable fuel and a greener alternative to coal and other fossil fuels for producing electricity. But recent studies have shown that many forms of biomass especially from forests produce higher carbon emissions compared to fossil fuels. In particular, a growing body of peer-reviewed, scientific studies shows that burning wood from whole trees in power plants to produce electricity can increase carbon emissions relative to fossil fuels for many decades—anywhere from 35 to 100 years. This time period is significant: climate policy imperatives require dramatic short-term reductions in greenhouse gases, and these emissions will persist in the atmosphere well past the time when significant reductions are needed.