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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.

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Master of Law in Environmental and Natural Resources Law

30th of June, 2016 From September 2016, a new Master of Law Programme in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, will be available in University College Cork. It has been implemented thanks to the legal expertise of the School of Law within University College Cork. Offering a large variety …

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New airport to be constructed in one of the last wetlands of France

30th of June, 2016 This Sunday in Brittany, France, another important referendum was organised in relation to the construction of an airport. The construction of this airport has been the subject of opposition and controversy since 1970. The French government and construction groups proposed building this airport for …

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Why is there such a strong barrier of communication between the mass media and scientists, particularly when it comes to climate change

The media is an essential organ needed to spread awareness about climate change, in reality very few people read scientific reports, specialist websites and blogs, or the reports of the IPCC. People generally rely upon the mass media’s representations of climate change. Climate change science and other scientific data are often wrongly misinterpreted by the media mostly due to certain political points of view presented by various media organisations about the reality and seriousness of climate change.