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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.

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Cyclists in the Dublin area have reasons to be hopeful

26th April, 2016 A proposal by Fine Gael Councillor Paddy Smyth to reconfigure parking arrangements to improve cycling safety in Dublin’s Georgian quarter and Fingal County Council’s motion to establish a Cycling and Walking Officer post suggest that cyclist needs are being taken more seriously. In a video on the Irish Times website, journalist Olivia Kelly sets out Cllr Smyth’s …

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Plans underway to restore Rare Inland River Forest Delta in Cork

The ESB, National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS), Cork County Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland are exploring options to potentially save a rare river forest in County Cork.

The Gearagh, near Macroom , County Cork, was controversially flooded 60 years ago to provide water for the hydroelectric dams at Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid.

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Young people who want to upskill for the green economy need your help

18th April, 2016 A course which is designed to help young people change career and build green skills is looking for votes to secure funding. The Green Beginnings Youth Programme run by environmental charity ECO-UNESCO has reached the final round of the Skill & Opportunities Fund at Royal Bank of Scotland. The charity will received substantial support for their work …

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Benefacts is a public database of civil society organisations including charities

Benefacts is a public database of civil society organisations in Ireland which will provide extensive information about the entire sector including a wide array of non-commercial, non-governmental organisations involved in the arts & culture, education, environment, health, local or international development, philanthropy, politics, religion, sport and social care. in a free public website.