Towards a Plastic Pollution Revolution in Ireland

June 8th, 2017 Today marks World Ocean Day 2017, a global day of celebration honouring the world’s oceans and an opportunity to appreciate, conserve and protect our marine life and habitats. This year’s conservation focus is on preventing plastic pollution and marine litter, encouraging solutions for healthier seas. And rightly so.  A widely cited study by […]

Groundbreaking EPA report reveals scale of microplastic pollution in Irish freshwaters

June 8th, 2017 A groundbreaking Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report published today reveals for the first time evidence on the sources and scale of microplastic pollution in Ireland’s freshwater system. The research, led by the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology also highlights a number of potential impacts on human health. […]

Plastic bottles found in over 80 per cent of coastal sites surveyed by Coastwatch

June 8th, 2017 Plastic bottles were found in over 80 per cent of all coastal sites surveyed during the latest All-Ireland Coastwatch Survey, a new report reveals. The results, seen by The Green News, indicate that plastic bottles are the primary macro litter item found around the island of Ireland every year. Drinks container lids […]

world oceans day

Plastic pollution and marine litter the focus of World Oceans Day 2017

June 7th, 2017 A number of events will be held across the world over the coming days to celebrate World Oceans Day 2017, including community clean ups and projects to eliminate or lower usage of single use plastic bags and bottles. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Our Ocean, Our Future’ focusing on the problem […]

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group to take part in Dublin Port Riverfest this weekend

June 2nd, 2017 The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) will take part in Dublin Port Riverfest this Bank Holiday weekend. Their sailing boat the Celtic Mist will join the Parade of Sails from Dun Laoghaire to the River Liffey; arriving at the north quays in the early afternoon. The Parade of Sails, Dublin’s tall […]

Coral bleaching

Scientists warn increasing ocean temperatures could destroy world’s coral reefs within decades

1 June, 2017 New research published in the journal PeerJ, reports that strict conservation and protection measures has failed to halt the destruction of coral reefs in the Hawaiin Islands, with 90% of Hawaiian coral reefs suffering bleaching in 2014 and 2015. Widespread bleaching of coral reefs, whereby corals expel crucial algae living symbiotically within […]