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Dublin Transport Strategy ‘mocks’ Climate Accord, say Friends of the Irish Environment

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been accused of ‘mocking’ the 2015 Paris Climate Accord by failing to adhere to national policy and legislation in its recent Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area.

Environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) claims that Minister Shane Ross T.D. breached his legal obligations under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 to ‘have regard to’ the objective of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions in the department’s new strategy.

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Environmental group calls for cancellation of Charity Balloon-Release

Irish Environmental NGO Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) has called for changes to a balloon-release event planned for this Sunday by the Cork Association for Autism.

The organisation’s annual ‘Blue Balloon and Fun Walk’ is scheduled for 11 am on Sunday the 11th at Blackrock, Cork, and includes a balloon-release. FIE are appealing to the Autism group to ‘keep it on a string’, in a move to prevent the balloons from harming wildlife.

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OPINION: What’s really stopping us from Taking Action on Climate Change?

We need to bring balance back to our capital economic model. The traditional view is that regulation just gets in the way of things and makes doing business difficult. In reality, strict regulations can make businesses consider externalities like the environment and worker rights, limit the ability of businesses to act only in the short term, reduce its ability for profiteering and protect the common pool of resources.

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Zero Waste Ireland needs your support for Zero Waste Week 2016

Waste Campaigning organisation Zero Waste Ireland is making an appeal for support from the public and organisations for Zero Waste Week, from the 5th-9th September, 2016.

The charity, which advocates that waste be seen as a resource that is reused in a circular economy, is asking people, workplaces and communities to contribute to a social media campaign known as a ‘Thunderclap’, in which they share the efforts that they are taking towards producing zero waste.