Ireland signs global initiative to halt biodiversity loss

29 September 2020 Ireland is among the countries who signed up to a global initiative yesterday to halt biodiversity loss just days before an international summit on the issue.  A total of 64 countries and the European Union signed the declaration yesterday, a few days shy of the official opening of the UN Summit on […]

Tallaght wetland after levelling Photo: Collie Ennis

Land management and habitat protection crucial in preventing future pandemics

7 July 2020 Sustainable land management and habitat protection are key elements of preventing future zoonotic outbreaks like COVID-19, the UN has said.  In a joint report by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the “rising trend” in zoonotic diseases is attributed to “the degradation of our natural […]

Ireland referred to European Court over failed conservation efforts

Ireland has been referred to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) following its longstanding failure to designate Special Areas of Conservation.  Over 400 sites in Ireland do not have “the necessary conservation measures” according to the European Commission and the State has missed the relevant deadline for the designation by over five years.  […]

As Covid-19 spreads across Ireland, gorse fires roar in tandem

March 30th, 2020 A number of illegal gorse fires have raged across the country over the past week, burning hectares of land, impacting numerous species and diverting vital emergency services away from their focus on the Covid-19 pandemic. It is currently an offence under the Wildlife Act to burn any vegetation growing on any land […]

COVID19 – a manifestation of the biodiversity crisis

March 20th, 2020 Ecologists are blue in the face telling people that all life depends upon biodiversity and that we depend upon the natural world for food, clothing and building materials and so on. Yet this self-evident dependence has to-date been far from evident to many. The sixth mass extinction has played second fiddle to […]

Insectageddon – a plague on our houses or a phantom menace?

March 20th, 2020 “Who has the right to decide that the supreme value is a world without insects even though it would be a sterile world not graced by the curving wing of a bird in flight?” So wrote Rachel Carson in her world-changing book Silent Spring in 1962. Carson had previously published a number […]

President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Trump resort refused permission for Doonbeg wall

March 18th, 2020 The Doonbeg golf resort owned by US President Donald Trump has been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála to build a controversial rock wall along the coast over environmental concerns.   Trump International Golf Links Ireland Enterprises Limited (TIGL) applied to install two coastal defence structures 1km long in an effort to […]

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 […]