Tiny House

The Tiny House: A Solution for Ireland’s Housing Crisis?

October 18th, 2017 Is tiny the next big thing? Well, it may be in Kildare after a motion passed at yesterday’s Naas municipal district meeting calling on the Government to permit a tiny house pilot project in Naas. The district will now write to the Joint Committee on Housing to request that the district be […]

Citizens’ Message is Clear – Government must lead on climate action

October 1st, 2017 In her opening address yesterday morning, the chair of the Citizens’ Assembly, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, lauded the public’s engagement in the run-up to this weekend’s discussion on how Ireland can lead on tackling climate change. She said that the level of citizen engagement has been “unprecedented in an Irish context”, that […]

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Our duty to stop oil exploration in Irish waters

September 18th, 2017 Last week, one of Ireland’s prominent oil and gas exploration companies, Providence Resources, revealed that their latest oil-drilling exploit in Irish waters hit a snag, or water in fact. In July, Providence began drilling in Porcupine Basin, 220km off the southwest coast, in search of an estimated five billion barrels of oil. […]

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Farmers’ livelihoods at risk by State’s climate change adaptation plans

Farmers’ livelihoods are at risk by inadequate State planning for climate change. This is the view of the Green Party’s agriculture spokesperson, Pippa Hackett, who, speaking after the launch of a new Government report on creating a climate resilient agriculture and forestry sector, said the State is “completely failing to answer the challenge of climate […]

Opinion: Ireland’s ecology facing continuing challenges from hedgerow damage

August 23rd, 2017 An unusually dry spring this year resulted in some of the most devastating wildfires in living memory, but Ireland’s ecology is facing other continuing challenges. Current rules under the Wildlife Act allow adequate time for birds to nest, but they’ve been undermined by a government which is showing tacit support for those […]

OPINION: Our short-termism is short-changing our future generations: A Constitutional change is the way forward

August 12th, 2017 Climate change is unequivocally one of the most pressing international concerns of our time. It comes then as no surprise that the Citizens’ Assembly will next examine the question: How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change. The task of trying to answer this question is quite formidable, […]

ANALYSIS: Leaked report shows ‘real’ climate change impacts at odds with Trump’s ‘fake’ news rhetoric

August 11th, 2017 A leaked federal climate science report reveals how serious the impacts of climate change have already been in the US and will give Trump and his administration a new headache. The 673-page report was prepared by 50 leading scientists from 13 federal agencies – including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) […]

Fast Fashion

Hidden environmental costs of the ‘fast fashion’ movement

August 3rd, 2017 Today’s fashion trends often come fast and cheap. Although we can now keep up with the latest moves in the industry at an affordable price, what about the hidden environmental costs of the ‘fast fashion’ movement? One such cost comes from the widespread use of viscose thread, a semi-synthetic fibre made using […]

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Can we turn the tide on the marine plastic pollution?

June 14th, 2017 Last week, World Oceans Day correctly directed our attention to the 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans. Active research and public awareness of this issue may well be at its highest ever. This is a good thing. The question, however, is whether we can translate this awareness into […]

Reducing meat intake has environmental and health benefits

June 12th, 2017 Today – Monday 12th June – marks World Meat Free Day. This is an initiative that pushes for everyone to adopt a meat-free diet for 24 hours in an effort to is raise awareness of the need to reduce our meat consumption for our health and the health of the planet. Life […]