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mayo / environment / news report Monday July 15, 2013 01:11 by Shell to Sea   text 1 comment (last - monday july 15, 2013 01:20)   image 8 images   video 1 video file
-- Local community forced to act after State agencies ignore danger -- read full story / add a comment
national / environment / opinion/analysis Sunday July 14, 2013 13:33 by Luke Eastwood   text 1 comment (last - wednesday july 17, 2013 13:27)
A brief history of the deforestation of Ireland and why it happened.....

It is well known that Ireland has a very low level of tree cover, among the lowest of any European country – in 2012 it had risen to almost 11% although it is still way below the European average of 30%. Of course about half of this 11% is Sitkha Spruce, which is non-native and causes acidification of the soil.
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national / environment / news report Tuesday July 02, 2013 22:08 by anti-fracking   video 1 video file
Help is needed to lobby our Environment MEPs on the review of this directive because this will be used to set the parameters on Fracking in Ireland.

1. Lobby our ENVI MEP’s – Review of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive before 11 July!!
2. Watch the BBC documentary
3. Send an e post card read full story / add a comment
Cops blocking the gate to the camp
mayo / environment / news report Friday June 28, 2013 16:03 by j debender   text 1 comment (last - friday june 28, 2013 17:21)   image 4 images
This week has seen large numbers of people continually walking down to Shell's tunneling compound, disrupting work and blocking Shell traffic, and many people from the camp have taken advantage of the sunny weather to spend the days helping locals with turf collecting- many hands make light work! Meanwhile the guards have spent their time patrolling around harassing people on the roads. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Monday June 24, 2013 23:27 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 1 comment (last - tuesday june 25, 2013 09:54)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
Today, Monday 24th of June, six people, two piloting kayaks, ventured out onto Sruth Fhada Conn estuary to disrupt the progress of a boat doing surveying work for the Shell Corrib gas project, in a continuation of Rossport Solidarity Camp's week of action. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Sunday June 23, 2013 23:22 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 4 comments (last - friday june 28, 2013 02:14)   image 1 image
Today, Sunday 23 June, around eighty people stormed a work site of the controversial Shell Corrib Gas project near Rossport, Co. Mayo. Significant damage was caused to construction equipment. This was the latest event in thirteen years of struggle against the project, which faces concerted opposition from residents due to its dangerous, experimental nature. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Thursday June 13, 2013 21:47 by Love Leitrim   image 1 image
Irish Farmers are taking to the road in advance of the G8 summit. They will stage a tractor run Sunday June 16th from Manorhamilton to the iconic Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne in Leitrim to shine a light on their opposition to fracking on the national and world stage. read full story / add a comment
"sport" to some...
international / environment / opinion/analysis Saturday June 01, 2013 12:47 by Abolish hare coursing in Ireland   text 1 comment (last - saturday june 01, 2013 13:00)   image 7 images
Shocking reports on hare coursing events just obtained under FOI (extracts reproduced below) reveal that the cruelty continued unabated throughout the entire 2012/2013 season despite assurances from Ministers Deenihan and Coveney that self regulation and “codes of conduct” under which coursing clubs operate have eliminated such cruelty.

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international / environment / news report Thursday May 30, 2013 23:10 by Meg   text 1 comment (last - tuesday june 04, 2013 15:45)   image 1 image
Northwest Network against Fracking have launched a postcard and poster campaign, aimed at all elected representatives.
This image has gone viral on facebook, from South Africa to Australia, and more people are joining the campaign every day.
The postcards are available to download for free from www.frackingfreeireland.org

They can be bought from the same web address, in hard copy form. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / news report Wednesday May 29, 2013 18:57 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   image 5 images
After a few weeks of preparation, we are ready to begin setting up the Rossport Solidarity Camp. Come up to help us this weekend if you can. There'll be loads to do and it'll be great craic, so get off the internet and come give us a hand! read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / feature Friday May 10, 2013 17:26 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 5 comments (last - tuesday july 02, 2013 22:33)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
Call Out:
Come to the Rossport Solidarity Camp, Pullathomas, Co. Mayo for a week of action in June against Shell’s Corrib Gas Project. This week has been called to coincide with one of Shell’s busiest work times. Come to act in solidarity with the 13 year old campaign in Mayo against Shell’s Corrib Gas Project. The week will be jam packed with a wide variety of actions! There will be something useful for everyone to do, regardless of your experience and skills. The Rossport Solidarity Camp is being erected specifically for this week, and will be taken back down when the week is completed. So if you are planning on traveling to Mayo this summer – make it this week! read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / opinion/analysis Sunday May 05, 2013 04:48 by Climate Space   image 3 images
The capitalist system has exploited and abused nature, pushing the planet to its limits, so much so that the system has accelerated dangerous and fundamental changes in the climate.

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Greyhound and hare suffer in coursing...only the fans get a kick from this cruelty
international / environment / opinion/analysis Saturday April 27, 2013 13:49 by Against Cruelty to Irish Greyhounds   image 3 images
Animal welfare groups and greyhound protection organizations are appalled at the deliberate cruelty to greyhounds in Ireland revealed in the course of a recent court case, where a man admitted getting someone to shot two greyhounds that refused to chase hares (link to item on case below)
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A clear message to the governement on bloodsports
international / environment / opinion/analysis Friday March 29, 2013 15:44 by Ban animal cruelty posing as "sport"   image 4 images
Members of several animal welfare and animal rights groups and sympathetic TDs held a peaceful protest outside Dail Eireann on Thursday, March28th, to express their abhorence of the "exemptions"for the barbaric "sports" of hare coursing and fox hunting that the government has inserted into the Animal Health and Welfare Bill.

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national / environment / news report Wednesday March 20, 2013 21:15 by T   text 5 comments (last - tuesday april 02, 2013 17:33)   image 2 images   audio 1 audio file   1 attached file
The government is planning to sell off our national forests which are currently owned by Coillte. The plan would be to sell harvesting rights on 500,000 acres out of 1.2 million that they manage. They claim it is worth €700 million although in the Peter Bacon report on Forestry, he puts the true value at €360 million or the equivalent of 3 days of government expenditure. Bacon said: "economic rationale for the proposed sale of harvesting rights no longer stands up and cannot be justified." and that he further concluded it would actually cost the state €1,300 million to sell the harvesting rights of Coillte due to various liabilities. The report says that the forests should be developed further as a public resource. read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / press release Monday March 18, 2013 10:24 by Climate Space   image 1 image
Open call to join the Climate Space at the World Social Forum in Tunisia, March 26-30, 2013 read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / opinion/analysis Friday March 15, 2013 19:04 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland   text 19 comments (last - thursday april 18, 2013 09:49)   image 8 images
Another Saint Patrick's Day...A Great Day for the Irish...what a pity that the Irish Hare, part of our wonderful wildlife heritage, is still at the mercy of coursing gangs backed by our government... read full story / add a comment
Interview of Andrew St. Ledger of Wood Land League outside Dail prior to motion on sale of Coillte assets
national / environment / press release Wednesday March 13, 2013 21:52 by T   image 1 image
The Woodland League wish to highlight the fact that Coillte since 2009 have already sold 108 million euros of trees with harvesting rights, to IFUT ( Irish Forestry Unit Trust ) a pension fund company, of which they are partners. In a bizarre situation, Coillte have used these proceeds to pay off some of its own large pension fund debts. The National Pension Reserve Fund has also been used by IFUT to fund these sales and its contribution obscured within IFUT’s bail out of Coillte. This is not how this vital Public NPRF funding should be used, it is supposed to be invested in the peoples future. http://www.nprf.ie/Publications/2011/NPRFReport2010.pdf
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Demo calls for wildlife protection in Ireland
international / environment / opinion/analysis Monday March 11, 2013 21:55 by End hare coursing shame   image 3 images
Ireland is one of the last bastions of hare coursing...an "honour it shares with Pakistan. read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / feature Sunday March 10, 2013 22:31 by T   text 110 comments (last - saturday august 13, 2016 12:08)   image 57 images   video 3 video files
All the worry about Global Warming has tended to focus on carbon dioxide emissions but the real threat may be methane emissions.... In the past 5 years there have been major changes happening up in the Arctic. The annual summer melt of the sea ice floating on the Arctic Ocean has greatly increased, exposing a much larger area to heating during the summer months which in turn has warmed the ocean enough that the frozen methane hydrates on and below the seabed are beginning to melt, causing methane gas to bubble to the surface. The trouble is methane is up to 100 times (over initial 20 year period of release) more effective than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas and the estimated quantity of methane hydrates suggests the amount of carbon contained in them exceeds all the coal, oil and gas burned so far. And should the tundra melt in Siberia then the huge area of peatland will resume decomposing thereby emitting a very large quantity of carbon dioxide. This scenario would take us past extinction danger point which is reckoned for a rise of 6oCelsius or more would be close to certainty. read full story / add a comment
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