Canadian Sphagnum peat moss Photo: Ragesoss

Consultation launched over peat extraction for horticulture

October 23rd, 2019 The Government has launched a public consultation to examine the use of peat in the horticultural industry that critics say is helping to drive the exploitation of our carbon-rich bogs.   The consultation is part of a belated review process, long sought after by conservation groups and peatland experts, that was listed […]

Bumble Bee covered with Pollen Photo: Smudge 9000

Nature-based farming key to address climate and biodiversity emergency

October 23rd, 2019 Agricultural fields with greater biodiversity are better protected from harmful insects, promote natural pollination and produce higher yields, a new international study has found. The new study published in Science Advances analysed the value of ecosystem services at almost 1,500 agricultural fields across the globe, including cornfields in America, coffee plantations in […]

Agri-food sector and landfill sites on EPA worst offender’s list

October 22nd, 2019 Agri-food companies and landfill sites feature on the latest worst offender’s list for licence compliance issues released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this month. To date, the environmental watchdog has issued 10 National Priority Sites (NPS) lists since the scheme was launched in the summer of 2017. The system targets industrial […]

Tarvasjõgi at Kõrvemaa Nature Park in Estonia Photo: Ireen Trummer

Greens motion for new Irish forestry model passes

October 18th, 2019 A Green Party motion to transition our plantation-dominated forestry model to a close-to-nature, continuous cover system passed in the Dáil yesterday. The motion, that passed by 70 to 38 votes, calls for the Government to push for a more diverse permanent woodland model that supports a wider range of forest types including […]

Sustainable, local food revolution needed in Ireland

October 17th, 2019 A sustainable food production movement calling for a revolution in Irish agriculture protested outside of the Department of Agriculture yesterday.  The protest was held by Talamh Beo, a grassroots farmer movement that formed earlier this year to explore how ecosystems and people can live alongside each other.  Members of the organization brought […]

Mother Badger and Cubs Photo: Pat Wyse

Time to review badger cull in TB eradication plan

October 4th, 2019 Earlier this week, the Irish Farmers’ Association appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture to discuss bovine tuberculosis (TB) and the state’s programme that seeks to eradicate the disease. Speaking on behalf of the representative body, beef farmer Pat Farrell said that the management of wildlife susceptible to TB – namely badger […]

Greens to launch motion for new Irish forestry model

October 1st, 2019 The Green Party will today launch a motion calling for a fundamental shift in forestry policy away from our current clear-fell plantation model toward a focus on native woodlands. The motion, seen by The Green News, calls for the Government to push for a more diverse continuous cover forestry (CCF) model that […]

Greens call for commission to oversee Just Transition

September 18th, 2019 The Green Party wants to see a Just Transition Commission set-up to protect workers and ensure areas hit by our move away from a fossil-fuel economy don’t turn into Irish “rust belts”. Relaunching the Just Transition Bill, currently at second stage before the Dáil, the party’s leader Eamon Ryan TD today said […]

Brazil rejects G7 ‘chump change’ $20m Amazon aid offer

August 27th, 2019 The Bolsanaro administration has rejected a $20 million aid offer from G7 countries to fight the Amazon fires that environmental NGOs have described as “chump change”. Yesterday, President Jair Bolsonaro’s chief of staff Onyx Lorenzoni, said that the resources “are more relevant to reforest Europe”. He also told French President Emmanuel Macron to […]

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Stark assessment points to continued decline of key habitats

August 22nd, 2019 The majority of EU-protected habitats in Ireland are in bad condition, a detailed analysis by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has found, with almost half continuing to decline. The stark finding is outlined in the State’s latest assessment report to the European Commission that must be completed every six years […]