Carmaking countries blocking vehicle checks that would reduce air pollution, documents state

April 25th 2017 Major car-making countries are preventing efforts to strengthen the system of testing vehicles’ emissions, according to official documents and informal minutes seen by Transport & Environment (T&E). According to the documents, Germany, Italy and Spain, along with Poland, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, have opposed new checks by the European Commission to […]

European Commissioners set to discuss glyphosate renewal tomorrow

April 25th 2017 European commissioners are due to meet tomorrow to discuss the possible renewal of glyphosate for 15 years. The European Parliament has been deadlocked on renewing the licence since last year. At the same time, an ongoing European Citizens’ petition calling on the EU to ban glyphosates recently passed the 700,000 signature mark. […]

Gorse Fires ravage Irish landscape over the weekend

April 24th 2017 Livestock, wildlife, acres of farmland, conservation areas and forestry were left decimated over the weekend with dozens of firefighting units battling gorse fires in numerous parts of the country. Parts of Cork and Kerry were particularly affected, with firefighters attending gorse fires in Bantry, Kenmare, Knocknagoshel and Gougane Barra.  A number of houses […]

EU’s aviation climate strategy questioned by damning report on emissions offset

April 19th 2017 Eighty-five per cent of all offset projects under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) are failing to reduce their reducing emissions, a new European Commission study has found. Carbon offsetting occurs when airline companies attempt to limit or neutralise their aircraft’s carbon emissions by investing in carbon reduction projects.  The report questions the decision to […]

“Realise a community park in the Liberties” – Dublin’s newest inner city park needs your help

April 18th 2017 Consultation is being sought by the Bridgefoot Street Park Campaign group for a park at the derelict site on Bridgefoot Street. Members of the public are being encouraged to air their views on the amenities the new park should have and how it should look on Thursday April 20th, between 11 – 12.30pm […]

From Wasteland to Parkland. Kildare granted €4.5million to transform a landfill into a park

April 13th 2017 4.5 million euro has been made available to turn a 75-acre landfill site close to Naas, Co Kildare into a public park. Kildare North T.D James Lawless confirmed State funds are now available for the remediation project at the Kerdiffstown landfill. Mr Lawless said that Kildare County Council has an ambitious plan to […]

“When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: My father, digging. I look down” – The role of soil in Seamus Heaney’s “Digging” #People4Soil

April 13th 2017 Seamus Heaney, along with a plethora of Irish artists have highlighted the Irish landscape as being paramount in creating, analyzing and solidifying the substance of a nation’s identity. Heaney’s poems on ground and bogs emphasised the importance of our soil. #People4Soil are campaigning to protect our soil with their petition for a directive on […]

Gallery: It Takes a Village – Cloughjordan & Feeding Ourselves Festival in Pictures. #People4Soil

April 10th 2017 Ireland’s ecovillage capital and rural utopia, Cloughjordan, played host to Cultivate’s Feeding Ourselves festival over the weekend. The focus of the event was how we should treat our soil and the benefits of healthy soil on our food, health and environment. A Citizens’ soil proclamation was launched looking at how awareness, education […]

€5 million Scheme to Deep Retrofit Homes announced. Is enough being done for Ireland to reach its 2030 targets?

6th April 2017 €5 million has been allocated to the deep retrofit homes scheme this year to fund major energy efficiency upgrades to homes and low carbon heating system. The new multi-annual scheme scheme was launched today at the 2017 SEAI roadshow by Minister of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Denis Naughten. The scheme will be […]

Ireland seeks consultation on UK’s new nuclear plant close to Irish east coast

5th April 2017 The Department of the Environment has requested the UK government keep them informed on their first new nuclear plant in 20 years. Hinkley Point C nuclear power station will be located in Somerset, on England’s west coast. In her article for the Times, Valerie Flynn points out that it is only 250km […]