Climate and agricultural practices by Mercosur countries “inconsistent” with EU values

6 August 2020  Agricultural and climate practices by Mercosur countries are “inconsistent” with EU values, a new report has found.  In a new assessment on the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement published jointly today by Uplift and TASC, the authors find that a further opening of the EU market to Mercosur beef producers will “undoubtedly incentivise” […]

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“Systemic change” still needed despite 2020 emissions reduction

3 July 2020 Despite a 9.5 per cent emissions reduction this year, Ireland will still fail to meet its 2030 climate targets in the absence of systemic change, a new state-commissioned analysis reveals. The Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI) released its environmental and economic impact assessment of COVID-19 and projected economy-wide emissions would fall […]

Agriculture, the Commons and Climate Justice

24th June 2020 Is County Leitrim really as “green” as it seems? That was the question we sought to answer with a team of young European researchers who spent six months working to produce the first Irish county-based carbon inventory report of its kind, published last December by Good Energies Alliance Ireland. The study coincided […]

3,600 scientists call for CAP overhaul to protect nature

March 9th, 2020 Thousands of European scientists have declared that the European Commission’s proposals for the next round of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) must be drastically improved to reverse environmental damage and restore biodiversity. Over 3,600 scientists from across the bloc, including 58 from Ireland, have signed an open statement proposing 10 urgent actions […]

Live exports ‘unlawful’, animal rights groups warn Minister

March 4th, 2020 European and Irish animal welfare groups have called on the Minister for Agriculture to halt the approval of live exports of young calves that they say are in breach of EU law. In a joint letter sent to Michael Creed on Monday, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), Ethical Farming Ireland and Eyes […]

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What the experts want from GE2020 – Féidhlim Harty

February 3rd, 2020 Over the past three weeks, as in all election cycles, we have become accustomed to the knock at the door from canvassers or candidates themselves are they vie for our number one at the ballot box. We have asked leading climate and biodiversity experts to tell us the key policy asks that […]

NPWS launch investigation into Hen Harrier poisoning

January 30th, 2020 An investigation is underway following the discovery of a dead Hen Harrier killed as a result of poisoning in Co Meath earlier this month. According to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), meat baits treated with a toxic substance were discovered at the scene near Drumconrath in the north of the […]

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Ireland remains near bottom of class in climate action

December 10th, 2019 Ireland has been singled out as one of the worst-performing countries in Europe in tackling the climate crisis for the third year in a row. Launched this morning at COP 25 in Madrid, the 2020 Climate Change Performance Index indicates that Ireland still ranks among some of the less climate-friendly countries in […]

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Bord Bia refuses to release documents on Meat and Dairy Facts project

Bord Bia has refused to release documents on a new publicity drive with the meat and dairy industry due to a confidentiality agreement with private partners in the venture. Replying to an Access for Information on the Environment request, the state body said that reports relating to the Meat and Dairy Facts initiative are “subject […]

Scientists call for CAP reform to halt ‘catastrophic’ biodiversity decline

November 4th, 2019 Over 2,500 scientists have sent a letter to the European Parliament outlining “catastrophic declines” suffered by birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects from intensive agricultural practices. The letter details the effects that an increasingly intensive agriculture model is having on biodiversity, with the scientists calling for a “far-reaching reform” of the bloc’s […]