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PRESS RELEASE - Friends of the Irish Environment - 17 Feb 2016 - A campaign in Europe to have Irish Water customers informed of toxic chemicals exceeding the World Health Organisation and European Union safety standards has failed, according to Friends of the Irish Environment.
The environmental lobby group, which specialises in the enforcement of European environmental legislation, has been told by the European Ombudsman that she cannot require the European Commission to force Irish Water to inform consumers on their bill that the water they receive contains levels of trihalomethanes above the EU and WHO permitted levels. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday February 08, 2016 17:49 by anon 1 comment (last - wednesday february 17, 2016 00:25)
Good news – it’s official!
The EPA Research Study on Fracking is now stopped. This study was targeted by the campaign against fracking as research showed the study was compromised – it was being led by companies with huge vested interests in the oil and gas industry. A statement from the Department (DCENR) yesterday (2nd) confirmed that the study has been stopped after its first phase, which included an overall look at regulations and legislation governing fracking. Phase 2, on-the-ground studies in Leitrim and Fermanagh which would have included some drilling, will not proceed and a report of Phase 1 will be published in Q3 of this year. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / news report Monday February 01, 2016 22:44 by T 1 comment (last - tuesday february 02, 2016 12:29) 1 image
If there was ever a way to discourage recycling it is to charge for it. But there is more to this story. Way back during the Bin Tax campaign it was said that the original plan was to charge for recycling and all along the plan was to send most of the recycling material like paper, cardboard and plastic to feed the huge incinerator then planned for Dublin.
This €600 million incinerator is now being built after it was forced on the people of Dublin by the former chairman of Dublin City Council John Tierney in the most undemocratic and secretive way and completely against all the councillors. This incinerator needs to be fed huge amounts of burnable material to keep it 'profitable'. It was sized for 600,000 tonnes which is more than all waste from Dublin. Tierney of course signed a lucrative deal with the incinerator operators Covanta whereby the council will make up the gap financially if they don't get enough material to feed into the monster. Now the dots have joined up and we can be sure that this announcement to start charging for recycling in July 2016 is very much connected with this since the incinerator will start operating early in 2017.
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international / environment / press release Monday January 25, 2016 20:30 by Ban Fox Hunting in Ireland 1 comment (last - friday january 29, 2016 22:09) 2 images
High Profile foxhunter caught redhanded assaulting two farmers...dramatic video footage exposes bullying and thuggery!
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louth / environment / event notice Monday January 04, 2016 22:30 by Sean Crudden 1 comment (last - sunday january 24, 2016 22:45) 1 image
The right to water is one of the 17 sustainable development goals 2030 decided by the United Nations. How does this transfer to a local level here in The Cooley Peninsula? Water is one element in the whole panoply of sustainability. read full story / add a comment
Community groups, Mayo Organic Group, & The Good Life Network, are organizing a follow-on day to discuss techniques & information, from the 2015 Soils Matter conference, held in July, at Claregalway Castle.
Want to find out more about carbon sequestration? How to grow soil? How to minimize work on the land? read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / opinion/analysis Wednesday December 30, 2015 23:09 by Shelver 3 comments (last - sunday january 03, 2016 03:35) 2 images
White uses Christmas to sign off on Corrib gas despite pending judicial review of EPA licence. read full story / add a comment
The Boycott Farmed Salmon campaign has issued a reply to an IFA statement on Friday alleging the campaign was engaging in a ‘smear campaign’. It has published two more pre-slaughter tests confirming the presence of antibiotic, anti-parasitic and anaesthetic chemicals. 
In a statement the campaign said it stood entirely behind the publication and accuracy of the pre-slaughter test results for farmed salmon they published on line last week showing the presence of 10 chemicals. The Information Commissioner reversed the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Foods 2012 decision not to release these reports in July of this year. 
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‘I will not touch farmed salmon because it is a totally unnatural product.’
Eamon O’Cuiv, TD, Committee on Agriculture Fisheries and Food, 1 December 2015
Representatives from 12 organisations opposing open pen salmon farms across Ireland have joined together to support the 2015 BOYCOTT FARMED SALMON FOR CHRISTMAS campaign, launched today.
The campaign has as its theme - GIVE A GIFT TO THE ENVIRONMENT THIS CHRISTMAS – DON’T BUY FARMED SALMON.
The campaign website www.wildfish.ie provides information on the dangers of farmed salmon and downloadable stickers for supporters to use to spread the message. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Thursday December 10, 2015 04:59 by Gerry Arances (PMCJ) 5 images
What could possibly be so urgent and life-threatening to drive leaders of people from a small and barely reachable island off the coast of Mindoro to leave their homes and travel 285 kilometers by land and sea over the period of five days just to reach Metro Manila? On November 27, a day before the biggest climate justice march in the country, they have reach the Presidential Palace.
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international / environment / other press Thursday December 03, 2015 22:47 by 1 of Indymedia 3 comments (last - monday december 21, 2015 10:02)
Corporate Europe Observatory has investigated the influence of corporate lobbying on EU climate policy and lift the lid on something the corporate media generally refuses to discuss in any real depth.
Articles produced by CEO are important because the mainstream media no longer informs the public, it in fact misleads them, yet an informed public is essential for making informed decisions and for the safe and proper functioning of society.
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Last year we had alot of coverage in the Irish mainstream news about farmers and individuals being stopped from extracting peat -the reason is because most of our bogs which are wonderful habitats are almost completely destroyed. However we never heard or was it mentioned that there was no attempt to stop the industrial extraction of peat by large private companies yet this does infinitely more damage. It seems there is one law for the people and no law for business interests. If we are going to save our bogs we should at least make the laws applicable to ALL parties. Peat extraction to be exempted from planning permission Press Release - 23 November, 2015 Friends of the Irish Environment The industrial extraction of peat is to be removed from planning controls, according to statements by horticultural peat extraction companies Bulrush and Westland in the High Court on Friday. read full story / add a comment
galway / environment / event notice Wednesday November 18, 2015 23:48 by EcoSoc NUI Galway 4 comments (last - monday december 07, 2015 00:49) 1 image 1 video file
Transition Galway are helping organise the 'Galway Carnival for the Climate' as part of the Avaaz ‘People’s Climate March’ on Sunday 29th November 2015 1pm Eyre Suare. Absolutely everybody is welcome! read full story / add a comment
galway / environment / event notice Wednesday November 18, 2015 23:41 by EcoSoc NUI Galway 1 image 1 video file
"What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we'll ever get to build a better world?"
We are screening the recently released documentary "This Changes Everything - Capitalism vs. the Climate" for free.
The screening will take place at 7pm on Thursday 26th November in the D'Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre in the Arts and Science Concourse in NUIG. All welcome! read full story / add a comment
Shell to Sea Activists and AFRI commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the deaths of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Nine outside “Corrib House:” Shell’s Irish Headquarters in Dublin. The activists carried crosses bearing the names of each of the men executed by the corrupt Nigerian Government on 10 November 1995. Many sources believe that these executions were done at the behest of Shell. Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni people, had been actively leading successful civil society actions and demonstrations thwarting Shell’s development of oil on the land of these indigenous farmers and fishermen. Even though it hasn’t been explicitly proven that Shell ordered the killing… they did benefit from the outcome and later paid reparations to the families. (In 2009 Shell settled out of court to the tune of 15.5 million dollars to the families of the victims to avoid going to court in the USA.) read full story / add a comment
This is a recording of a public meeting of Fracking Free Network Ireland and Northern Ireland held at the Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne on Saturday October 17 2015. There are two parts. Part 1 is the panel presentations. Part 2 the discussion and Q&A will follow. For comments or further information please contact me at email@example.com read full story / add a comment
dublin / environment / news report Wednesday October 14, 2015 10:29 by dublin rambler 1 comment (last - tuesday october 20, 2015 17:41)
Repeatedly-rejected proposal to isolate old people in the middle of nowhere turns up *again* on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown agenda read full story / add a comment
national / environment / opinion/analysis Monday September 14, 2015 18:34 by Shane J. Cassidy 2 comments (last - sunday september 20, 2015 10:04)
The ongoing Irish water crisis has seen the emergence of a sustained mass movement of people, protesting the imposition of these punitive charges. read full story / add a comment
Clean Coasts Big Beach Clean weekend will be taking place on the 18th, 19th & 20th September. This year they are teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy again for the International Coastal Clean-up event. Last year 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries removed 7,257 tonnes of marine litter from the world's oceans. read full story / add a comment
Bord na Mona’s right to extract peat for horticultural use is being challenged by an environmental group.
Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] have written to Offaly County Council stating that ‘unauthorised development has been, is being and may continue to be carried out near Derrinboy, Co. Offaly, comprising the drainage of peatland and extraction of peat without planning permission or environmental impact assessment.’
The site, located north of Birr, is more than 200 hectares in size. It was previously an Area of Scientific Interest and a proposed Natural Heritage Area. read full story / add a comment
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