Meeting our tree targets must be an environmental priority

Meeting our tree targets must be an environmental priority

As Ireland continues to fail to meet its forestry targets, efforts are being redoubled to urge people to plant more trees, writes Donal Hickey

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Petition launched to save woodland in Dublin

Petition launched to save woodland in Dublin

A petition to protect a woodland area between Rathcoole and Saggart in Dublin has been launched online.

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Poor air quality accounts for more than 1,000 deaths in Ireland each year, says EPA

Poor air quality accounts for more than 1,000 deaths in Ireland each year, says EPA

Nearly 1,200 people die in Ireland every year because of poor air quality.

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Ireland breaking WHO air quality directions

Ireland breaking WHO air quality directions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that Ireland needs to accelerate progress towards clean energy and environmentally-friendly transport options.

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Fast food giants move to cut plastic toy waste

Fast food giants move to cut plastic toy waste

Burger King and McDonald’s have separately announced moves to cut their use of the toys following increasing consumer pressure.

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More air quality monitoring stations for Co Cork

More air quality monitoring stations for Co Cork

The move comes after councillors expressed concerns about the lack of information they had on air quality in the region and more importantly about a recent deterioration noted at a monitoring station in Cobh.

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Satellite images show increased air pollution around Amazon rainforest

Satellite images show increased air pollution around Amazon rainforest

New satellite images published by the European Space Agency show an increase in air pollution in the Brazilian Amazon as fires burned in the region last month.

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Ireland's environmental performance a mixed bag, CSO report finds

Ireland's environmental performance a mixed bag, CSO report finds

Ireland's environmental performance is improving in some areas but it has much more to do in others, according to a new report issued today.

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Emissions of harmful refrigerant gas down by 69%

Emissions of harmful refrigerant gas down by 69%

Emissions of a refrigerant gas that is harmful to the environment dropped by more than two-thirds in Ireland in 2017, new data reveals.

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Ocean plastic vacuum launched at Howth

Ocean plastic vacuum launched at Howth

The floating seabin collects rubbish from the water, including micro-plastics and oil.

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Denis Naughten hopeful that Longford Bord na Móna plant will reopen next month

Denis Naughten hopeful that Longford Bord na Móna plant will reopen next month

The Lanesboro facility shut in early July because of concerns over hot water discharges into the Shannon.

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San Francisco shows the way - It’s time to ban plastic bottles

San Francisco shows the way - It’s time to ban plastic bottles

We are not slow to celebrate our new enthusiasm for change. Votes to legalise marriage equality and abortion are the major milestones in that journey, but before those Everests were conquered, two modest advances suggested the wind was changing.

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My son says I’m a hypocrite. He’s right

My son says I’m a hypocrite. He’s right

How far would you go to make your next trip carbon neutral?

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Floods, heatwaves, and poor soils mean it’s no longer business as usual

Floods, heatwaves, and poor soils mean it’s no longer business as usual

Something is awry when you find yourself stuck in a Dutch railway carriage with the thermometer in excess of 40C.

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Parents for the planet: ‘By tackling the business we’d make a big difference’

Parents for the planet: ‘By tackling the business we’d make a big difference’

A TV documentary on the chilling realities of plastic pollution made ice-cream chain owner Jonathan Kirwan focus on more sustainability in his business, while at home it’s the little things that count, he tells Ellie O’Byrne.

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Researchers from UCC find plastic on seafloor where even light has never penetrated

Researchers from UCC find plastic on seafloor where even light has never penetrated

Researchers from University College Cork have found plastic on the seafloor at depths of more than 2km where even light has never penetrated.

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Student uses photos to highlight plastic pollution and unsustainable fashion

Student uses photos to highlight plastic pollution and unsustainable fashion

Siena Mccollin, 24, from England, said she wanted to raise awareness of environmental issues with her photography.

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EU committee rules Ireland's planning regulations breach environmental obligations

EU committee rules Ireland's planning regulations breach environmental obligations

Ireland has been found to be in breach of its international obligations in relation to access to information on the environment.

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Sustainability: ‘Balance and equality are the starting points’

Sustainability: ‘Balance and equality are the starting points’

I started seriously caring about the environment a long time ago. My hubby and I were always socially conscious. I love to joke with him that we’re becoming hippies.

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Warning issued after EPA find half of all septic tanks failed inspection

Warning issued after EPA find half of all septic tanks failed inspection

EPA scientist Noel Byrne has called on septic tank owners to check their tanks to ensure they are operating properly and not posing a risk.

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Paradise is being lost to commercial fishing

Paradise is being lost to commercial fishing

For years, my friends and I have line-fished on Beara Peninsula, practising ‘catch and release’, but stocks are being ruinously depleted by gillnetting from boats, says Ashley Hayden.

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Limerick awarded European Green Leaf Award alongside Belgian city

Limerick awarded European Green Leaf Award alongside Belgian city

Limerick has been awarded the title of European Green Leaf 2020 for smaller cities alongside the Belgian city of Mechelen.

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Calls to reclassify crushed concrete to give construction industry environmentally friendly option of recycling

Calls to reclassify crushed concrete to give construction industry environmentally friendly option of recycling

The construction industry has called on the State’s environmental watchdog to reclassify for recycling and reuse the same kind of demolition rubble which is at the centre of enforcement action on a strategic site in Cork city.

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Nissan unveils prototype for zero-emission ice cream van

Nissan unveils prototype for zero-emission ice cream van

The vehicle, based on one of the firm’s existing electric vehicles, was unveiled as part of Clean Air Day.

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People ingesting plastic ‘equivalent to weight of credit card each week’

People ingesting plastic ‘equivalent to weight of credit card each week’

The WWF, which commissioned the study, said this must be recognised as a “wake-up call” and demanded “urgent action”.

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Contaminated seas could see killer whale populations halved in decades

Contaminated seas could see killer whale populations halved in decades

Areas near Brazil, the Strait of Gibraltar and the west coast of the UK are reportedly among the most at risk from chemicals.

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Here are the areas most at risk from sinkholes in Ireland

Here are the areas most at risk from sinkholes in Ireland

Galway, Clare and Roscommon are the counties where sinkholes and subsidence are most likely to occur, a location intelligence software and services provider has found.

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Taiwan’s capital brings in ‘cash for rubbish’ waste disposal scheme

Taiwan’s capital brings in ‘cash for rubbish’ waste disposal scheme

The recycling programme sees residents get credit on transport smart cards in return for using what are called iTrash booths.

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Decision delayed on 'alternative fuels'  Irish Cement plan after thousands of objections submitted

Decision delayed on 'alternative fuels' Irish Cement plan after thousands of objections submitted

A decision on the granting of a controversial license to Irish Cement, which would allow the company to burn alternative fuels, including used tyres, has been delayed due to a long list of objections from the public.

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Donal Hickey: Mystery of dead whales

Donal Hickey: Mystery of dead whales

Mystery surrounds the reason for the stranding of an unusually high number of whales along the west coast but given man’s growing propensity for polluting the oceans, human interference cannot be ruled out.

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Massive boom set to corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic rubbish

Massive boom set to corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic rubbish

The system was created by The Ocean Cleanup, an organisation founded by Boyan Slat, a 24-year-old innovator from the Netherlands.

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Carlsberg replaces plastic rings holding six packs together with glue

Carlsberg replaces plastic rings holding six packs together with glue

Brewer has designed an adhesive-based alternative.

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Donal Hickey: Butts are no joke in littering

Donal Hickey: Butts are no joke in littering

It seems many people still don’t regard throwing a cigarette butt onto the street, or out a car window, as littering.

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Lion’s mane jellyfish extends tentacles to west coast of Ireland

Lion’s mane jellyfish extends tentacles to west coast of Ireland

More lion’s mane jellyfish than cuckoos have been recorded on the west coast of Ireland this year, in what may represent a seismic shift in our natural environment.

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EPA seeks report from Cork City Council on illegal dump

EPA seeks report from Cork City Council on illegal dump

The Environmental Protection Agency has asked Cork City Council for a full report on a vast illegal dump on the northside.

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Fine Gael defends 'Green Week' plans as critics hit out

Fine Gael defends 'Green Week' plans as critics hit out

The party says it wants to raise public awareness about ways to go green and convince people why we need to tackle climate change.

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Why you shouldn’t flush your contact lenses down the drain

Why you shouldn’t flush your contact lenses down the drain

They may be posing a threat to the environment, according to researchers.

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One of world’s top urban forests threatened by tiny beetle

One of world’s top urban forests threatened by tiny beetle

Johannesburg’s green spaces are under threat as a result of the invasive polyphagous shot hole borer.

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Fewer than half of bathing water incidents assessed for risk

Fewer than half of bathing water incidents assessed for risk

Risk assessments were carried out on fewer than half of all bathing water incidents reported by public health authorities last year.

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A new politics with a global goal is needed

A new politics with a global goal is needed

The longer a narrow and ignorant elite condemns humanity to wander in the political desert, the more likely it is we will all end up in a wasteland, writes Jeffrey Sachs.

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Low levels of air pollution linked to serious changes in the heart –UK study

Low levels of air pollution linked to serious changes in the heart –UK study

The research showed a clear link between living near busy roads and changes in heart structure.

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Time to take up the fight against wildfires

Time to take up the fight against wildfires

One of the worst seasons of wildfires in 2017 has been followed by raging fires this year that have devastated our most valuable habitats, writes Pádraic Fogarty.

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Carlow man and his dog cleaning river one trolley at a time in 'labour of love'

Carlow man and his dog cleaning river one trolley at a time in 'labour of love'

For Eugene Walsh his work cleaning a river of trolleys and rubbish is a “labour of love” which keeps him “sane”.

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Scientists spot collapse of world’s biggest king penguin colony

Scientists spot collapse of world’s biggest king penguin colony

Mystery surrounds the dramatic fall in numbers of penguins on Pig Island in the South Indian Ocean.

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New scheme encouraging homeowners to install solar panels launched today

New scheme encouraging homeowners to install solar panels launched today

A new scheme encouraging homeowners to install solar panels has been launched this morning.

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How to swim responsibly with whale sharks – in these eco marine destinations

How to swim responsibly with whale sharks – in these eco marine destinations

A new study confirms the Philippines in a vital hotspot for whale sharks. But where else can you find them?

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Ireland set to badly miss climate change targets - Report

Ireland set to badly miss climate change targets - Report

Ireland is set to badly miss climate change targets, according to a new report.

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Country's largest pork processor on list of agri-food business failing to meet environmental standards

Country's largest pork processor on list of agri-food business failing to meet environmental standards

The country’s biggest pork processor has been placed on a list of five Agri-Food businesses for failing to meet the required environmental standards.

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Ireland needs to triple efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Ireland needs to triple efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Ireland needs to triple its efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in order to reach its agreed international targets.

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'Mother Teresa of animals' and siblings save salmon in River Boyne

'Mother Teresa of animals' and siblings save salmon in River Boyne

Kind-hearted youths have been spending their summer holidays saving salmon from dying in dangerously low-levels of warm water in the Boyne river caused by the heatwave.

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Ireland has not made enough progress on sustainable development, minister says

Ireland has not made enough progress on sustainable development, minister says

The Environment Minister has admitted we have not made the progress we should have when it comes to sustainable development.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Authorities scale new heights in €257m bid to protect Ireland’s national parks

SPECIAL REPORT: Authorities scale new heights in €257m bid to protect Ireland’s national parks

A €257m, 10-year tourism masterplan for our national parks has been a long time coming, writes Caroline O’Doherty.

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Starbucks announces move to ditch plastic straws by 2020

Starbucks announces move to ditch plastic straws by 2020

The firm said the move will eliminate the use of more than one billion plastic straws per year.

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Firms warned on EU emissions clampdown

Firms warned on EU emissions clampdown

The strengthening of an EU directive on industrial emissions, with penalties of up to €15m, could catch thousands of Irish companies unawares and lead to site closures, according to a water management expert.

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Deposit return scheme would have little impact on litter

Deposit return scheme would have little impact on litter

A deposit return scheme would have little impact on total litter in Ireland — a conclusion supported by litter surveys undertaken in countries which have a deposit return scheme.

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Drivers of electric vehicles to pay reduced tolls

Drivers of electric vehicles to pay reduced tolls

Drivers of electric vehicles will be able to benefit from reduced tolls from next week.

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Nuclear power offers best hope of offsetting climate change

Nuclear power offers best hope of offsetting climate change

It has 100,000 times the energy density of coal, so that even a small plant would be much more efficient than huge, noisy dams and wind farms, which spoil the landscape, says Wade Allison.

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Poultry slaughterhouses call for priority CO2 supplies amid shortage

Poultry slaughterhouses call for priority CO2 supplies amid shortage

The British Poultry Council made its request to ‘keep the food chain moving’.

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China block on plastic waste could cause worldwide pile-up, study says

China block on plastic waste could cause worldwide pile-up, study says

Beijing’s decision means new solutions must be found to the problem of removing refuse.

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