Very fabric of rural Ireland under threat from CETA, says leading rural TD

July 26th, 2017 The very fabric of rural Ireland is under threat by the contentious EU-Canada trade deal, with the farming community set to be hit hardest, says leading rural politician. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is set to be provisionally applied from September after Canada and the European Union reached an agreement […]

Serious dangers of BPA recognised by leading chemical safety agency

July 14th, 2017 The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – responsible for implementing chemical legislation in the EU – has officially recognised the endocrine-disrupting properties of bisphenol A, also known as BPA. The update was made to the ECHA Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), which contains substances that may have serious effects […]

BREXIT: Great Repeal Bill raises concern among environmentalists

July 13th, 2017 With the EU (Withdrawal) Bill – better known as the Great Repeal Bill – being published today, the potential impact of Brexit on wildlife and habitats in the UK is open to speculation. Regardless of political borders, the natural environment across the island of Ireland is interlinked and Brexit holds the potential […]

Substantial step up in sustainable investments needed across Europe, new EU report finds

July 11th, 2017 A substantial step up in the redirection of financial flows to sustainable investments is needed in order to successfully shift to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy, a new EU report has found. Published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) this week, the paper also stresses the need for Member States to provide clear […]

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September date set for provisional application of controversial CETA trade deal

July 10th, 2017 The controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will be provisionally applied from 21 September after Canada and the European Union reached an agreement at the G20 meeting in Hamburg. In a joint statement issued last weekend, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker stated that all “necessary steps” […]

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US isolated over climate stance at G20 meeting in Hamburg

July 10th, 2017 The United States’ isolated stance on climate change was made clear at this weekend’s G20 meeting in Hamburg as the other nineteen world leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Accord. The final G20 joint statement – produced after lengthy negotiations lasting until noon on Saturday – outlines the “strong commitment to the […]

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Environmental standards must remain aligned across island of Ireland post-Brexit, Seanad report finds

July 6th, 2017 Government action is required to ensure that environmental regulation is aligned across the island of Ireland in a post-Brexit world, a new Seanad report has found. The report – Brexit: Implications and Potential Solutions – also calls for Ireland to be “considered a single bio-geographic unit” amid fears that UK and EU regulation […]

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Opposition politicians call for the Dail to reject “rotten” CETA trade deal

July 5th, 2017 The EU-Canada trade deal is a “rotten agreement” that undermines democracy and must be rejected by the Dail, oppositions TDs said yesterday as the Canadian Prime Minister began his tour of Ireland. Speaking at a protest outside Government Buildings yesterday afternoon, politicians from the Green Party, Sinn Fein, and People Before Profit […]

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Ireland in breach of air pollution ceilings, new EU report reveals

3rd July 2017 Ireland is among 11 EU states to breach air pollution ceilings under new EU Directive due to agricultural and transport emissions, a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report reveals. The information is the first set of data to be submitted by Member States under the new EU National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive […]

250 strong NGO alliance launch alternative vision for a more sustainable Europe

June 20th, 2017 A pan-European alliance of over 250 NGOs has called for a more democratic, just and sustainable EU as European leaders open discussion on the future shape of the Union. The launch comes ahead of an EU summit this week where leaders will discuss key issues around Europe’s future, including migration, security, employment and […]