Student climate protest February 2019 Photo; Kayle Crosson

Human beings are not a virus

June 4th, 2020 Fintan O’Toole likened human beings to a ‘toxic virus’, and a ‘relentless foulness’ from ‘the Earth’s point of view’, in his article about the Sign of the Times survey on public perceptions of climate change. This has become a recurring theme expressed throughout the pandemic, even as we bear witness to one […]

Hiding in plain sight: Covid-19 and air pollution

April 3rd, 2020 Coronavirus is hiding in plain sight. The idea of an illness-prompting, tiny particle, invisible to our eyes may sound novel and frightening to some. For scientists and ecological researchers, specialising in air pollution; however, this is nothing new. Air polluting particles have been undermining our health in urban, industrial regions for decades, […]

Dublin mayors pledge to meet WHO air quality targets

February 17th, 2020 Dublin became the first Irish city to pledge its support to a new global campaign to ensure higher standards of air quality standards in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) targets. The Deputy Lord Mayor and the Mayors of the other three local authorities in the capital this morning signed up to […]

Dublin Fire Brigade stuck in traffic on Capel St, Co Dublin Photo: Peter Murphy

Dublin most congested city in Western Europe

January 30th, 2020 Dublin has been ranked as the most congested city in Western Europe and as one of the most congested cities globally, according to an international survey of traffic data. The ninth edition of the annual Traffic Index report form the technology company TomTom provides detailed insights on live and historic road congestion […]

Cigarette discarded on beach Photo: sulox32

Kilkenny tops anti-litter league as inner-city Dublin falters

January 6th, 2020 Kilkenny is the cleanest of 40 towns and cities across Ireland for a record fourth time, according to the latest annual anti-litter survey from Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL). The findings from the survey, carried out by An Taisce on behalf of the business group, placed Killarney, Co Kerry in second place, […]

Smoky coal ban extended but no nationwide ban yet

December 18th, 2019 The Minister for the Environment and Climate Action has announced that the smoky coal ban will be extended to all Irish towns with a population of over 10,000. Richard Bruton said, however, that the State would not be rolling out nationwide ban coal due to what he described as “a serious risk […]

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Committee to recall ESB for fresh answers on cable leaks

November 15th, 2019 The Environment Committee is set to recall the ESB to answer questions on oil leaks from underground cables following evidence of new leaks uncovered by the Environmental Protection Agency.   The Committee is holding hearings into the leakage of one million litres of oil from underground cables over the past 20 years […]

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 […]

Poor air quality causing almost 1,200 deaths per year

September 26th, 2019 Emissions from transport and the burning of solid fuel remain Ireland’s top sources of air pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned. According to the new report, Ireland’s air quality has an adverse influence on people’s health with high levels of particulate matter a key concern. The European Environment Agency estimates […]