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Theres a lot of controversy surrounding the TTIP agreement but what about CETA

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a free trade agreement between Canada and the EU. The negotiations were concluded in August 2014 with the agreement to be approved by Council of the European Union, the European Parliament and potentially all EU member states. If this agreement is implemented it would eliminate 98% of the tariffs between Canada and the EU. Similar to TTIP the economic and regulatory features of these agreements has brought them into conflict with domestic legislation.

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VIDEO : What is Degrowth?

8th of July, 2016 Our economy is based on capitalism. It is a system that seeks growth all time. However as Kenneth E. Boulding said : “Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an …

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How will the UK be affected by the TTIP agreement after Brexit?

Interest in concluding talks under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) pact remains strong, with top European Union (EU) trade officials saying that the United Kingdom (UK) vote to leave the EU hasn’t diminished their commitment to a successful conclusion. TTIP has been criticized …

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Plastic Free July is on !

 July 6th, 2016 Plastic Free July is on ! Take the opportunity to embrace a more eco-friendly life style. The objective of the Plastic Free July challenge is to refuse plastic during the month of July. It was created by the western Metropolitan regional Council in …

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Saving water is on the curriculum in Irish schools

July 6th 2016 Image: Pupils from Berrings National School in Cork, receiving their award with Alan Duffy, CEO of HSBC and Duncan Stewart, Water Explorer Ambassador. Water conservation may be the last thing on your mind during a damp Irish summer. But one scheme being …

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Update on the EU air quality legislation

5th of July, 2016 The World Health Organisation (WHO) have published a report  during the first trimester of 2016, revealing that 80% of the world cities have failed to reach the WHO’s advised safe levels of air quality. It showed that in Ireland and Britain …

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Should we put a price on nature?

While there are few environmental issues upon which environmental scientists, activists and communicators universally agree, there are none as divisive as the question of whether or not a price should be put on nature as a way of protecting it. The concept that the value of healthy forests, rivers, animals and insects to the global economy could be monetised, and indeed prove crucial to the continuation of economic activity, sparked off a debate that continues to this day.