The GLOBE International Citizen Science Schools’ Programme – Irish schools invited to sign up and participate and – The EPA launches new citizen science web pages

The EPA and An Taisce has launched the second year of the GLOBE citizen science programme in Ireland.  Students in schools that sign up for the 2018-2019 campaign will have the opportunity to learn about the weather and climate and do hands-on science in their locality.  The EPA also launched its new citizen science web […]

Relentless implementation of policy needed to combat effects of climate extremes

“We have, by any measure, experienced an extraordinary year where nature reminded us who is in charge. With our changing climate, the confident predictions are that we can expect extreme events at greater frequency into the future”, said Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, speaking at the annual ‘Environment Ireland’ conference. Laura Burke was […]

Budget Must Remove Blockages In Housing, Infrastructure And Education – CIF

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) stated that solving the housing crisis requires more effective coordination between industry and government in three key areas: investing in skills and R&D, enhancing infrastructure delivery and removing barriers to sustainable housing delivery. This statement followed the CIF’s official pre-budget meeting with the Minister for Finance and officials earlier today. […]

Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme

“The National Waste Prevention Programme delivers initiatives and supports to promote Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy and provide leadership on national priorities such as food waste prevention.  In 2017, €1.8 million was invested in resource efficiency and the sustainable use of resources in Ireland.”  Dr Eimear Cotter, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental […]

€600,000 Funding Announcement For Ireland’s Circular Economy Innovators

The EPA has launched a €600,000 funding programme to support innovators. The Innovation for a Circular Economy Programme will support companies and organisations in Ireland to develop – and demonstrate – consumer and business solutions that will stimulate resource efficiency and the circular economy. Dr Shane Colgan, EPA Senior Manager, said, “There are enormous opportunities for Ireland […]

EPA expects drinking water to comply with EU standards by 2020, 16 years after the deadline for compliance

Monitoring of public drinking water in Ireland shows that: o 99.9% of samples comply with the microbiological standards o 99.6% of samples comply with the chemical standards There are 72 “at risk” supplies on the EPA Remedial Action List: o 52 of these supplies have elevated levels of trihalomethanes o 17 of these supplies lack adequate treatment to prevent Cryptosporidium entering […]

We need to move away from fossil fuels, EPA emissions projections show

Greenhouse gas emissions are projected to increase from most sectors, given strong economic growth and an expansion of the agriculture sector. These figures show that, at best, Ireland will only achieve a 1% reduction by 2020 compared to a target of 20%. Fossil fuels such as coal and peat are expected to continue to be […]

New EPA online tool will assist with nature conservation in Ireland

A new GeoTool has been launched today to assist those involved in Appropriate Assessment. The bespoke tool was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, to automate and streamline part of the data gathering process needed […]

Seven Industrial Sites Named On EPA’s Latest National Priortity Sites List For Enforcement

Seven industrial sites are currently on the EPA National Priority Sites List for Enforcement. Four of the sites are in the agri-food sector. The seven sites represent less than 1% of industrial sites licensed by the EPA yet account for 26% of complaints and 13% of open compliance investigation files. Five sites have come off the previous National […]

Government Plan Lacks Ambition To Fix Lakes And Rivers – Environmental Groups

The overdue River Basin Management Plan, launched by the Minister Eoghan Murphy, falls far short of what is needed to protect our rivers, lakes and bays and to bring them up to a healthy standard, according to the Sustainable Water Network of national and local environemntal groups. Despite the best efforts of a team of […]

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