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national / environment / feature Monday September 08, 2014 14:06 by Alan Hall   text 9 comments (last - friday october 24, 2014 13:27)   image 1 image   3 attached files
Corruption and incompetence rule in certain corridors of Dublin City Council. Coventa the company which somehow won the tender (despite not being a party to the bidding) and Dublin City Council have pushed the cost up to nearly €100 million for the land. Council Manager Owen Keegan said not one cent of the €96 million that has already been spent will be clawed back if the plan doesn't go ahead. Despite also as extra €36 million in extra costs many Councillors state that this whole thing has nothing to do with mad ideas from Bertie Ahern. Even if it does not go ahead it will still cost €600 million, and obviously this is the best interests of every else abroad who likes to sabotage Irish planning and make a few million doing so. Renewable energy is the future but not for the old school chums of yesteryear. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Tuesday August 26, 2014 15:05 by Woodland League   text 1 comment (last - wednesday august 27, 2014 13:48)   image 1 image
Press Release - Woodland League

The public amenity forest at Gougane Barra, co Cork has been clear-felled for no good reason. This is
the claim of an internationally renowned Irish tree-scientist and a number of Irish NGOs.
In January 2014, Coillte, the Irish Forestry Board, contended that ‘sudden oak-death’ (Phytophtera
ramorum) had infested the veteran larch trees in the forest and that urgent clear-felling was essential.
Documentary evidence purporting to support this assertion dated July 2013 has been branded tenuous
at best by Diana Beresford-Kroeger the renowned Irish tree-scientist who saw no sign of the disease
while filming in the forest in August of that year. read full story / add a comment
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fermanagh / environment / opinion/analysis Saturday August 09, 2014 18:14 by None   text 3 comments (last - sunday august 10, 2014 22:23)   image 10 images
Belcoo was awoken at 5 in the morning on the July 21st to the invasion of Tamboran.
It wasn't until later that morning that the frackers had the 'courtesy' to send local residence notice of their occupation of a nearby quarry. Immediately a demonstration outside the quarry gates was organized for that evening.
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fermanagh / environment / press release Wednesday July 30, 2014 22:32 by geaireland   image 2 images   video 1 video file
Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) views the latest developments where preparations for shale gas exploratory drilling has begun in Belcoo as a National, not local issue.

Dr Aedin McLoughlin, Director GEAI, expressed extreme dismay. “Make no mistake about it – any exploratory drilling, with or without hydraulic fracturing, is part of the overall fracking process,” she said. “An exploratory well without hydraulic fracturing leads to more wells with “test fracks”, leading to full fracking as shale gas is extracted. In Belcoo, the first stage is starting, with the industry bleating their mantra, “This is only drilling, it’s not fracking!” When is fracking not fracking? When the industry wants to hide what is obvious – that a good result from this first exploratory well could lead on to more wells and more wells and a full-scale fracking operation with all its environmental and social issues.” read full story / add a comment
national / environment / news report Wednesday July 30, 2014 22:23 by Mick MacThomais   text 5 comments (last - thursday february 04, 2016 09:26)
Disturbing discoveries relating to glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup—keep emerging. No less than two shocking discoveries recently went public on the same day...

Earlier this month, groundbreaking research was published detailing a newfound mechanism of harm of the chemical.

Now, testing shows that people in 18 countries across Europe have glyphosate in their bodies1, while yet another study reveals that the chemical has estrogenic properties and drive breast cancer proliferation in the parts-per-trillion range2. As reported by GreenMedinfo.com:

“Does this help explain the massive mammary tumors that the only long term animal feeding study on Roundup and GM corn ever performed recently found?”

Meanwhile, a new EU-US free trade agreement3,4 known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has again cracked the door open for genetically engineered (GE) crops and foods into Europe.

This may effectively negate the hard work Europeans have done to limit the proliferation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food supply, and with genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” crops and the food made from it come increased glyphosate exposure... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Monday July 21, 2014 00:09 by C   text 3 comments (last - monday july 21, 2014 00:21)   image 16 images
On Friday the 11th July, people started gathering for the art weekend in which murals and new campaign banner and signs were prepared. Straight away work on the house with the mural “The struggle goes on” was started along with the sign on the roof which reads “Strength in Community”.

Saturday wasn’t suitable for outside work so after a fair while designing what the signs should say, work commenced at a shed which we were kindly given the use of for the weekend. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Sunday July 13, 2014 23:25 by foie
PRESS RELEASE - FRIDAY 11 JULY 2014 - ACCIDENT REPORT REFUSED

Simon Coveney has refused to release the Department’s Report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February.

His decision claims that the work is not completed and that the public interest would not be served by the disclosure of the Department of Marine’s Engineering Division report.

The storm on February 1, 2014, saw a cage break loose from its mooring and upend itself into another cage at Gerahies.

Alex O’Donovan, Secretary of Save Bantry Bay [SBB] said in March of this year that after the official count on 19 February 2014 they understood that the farm had been ‘virtually wiped out’.

Minister Simon Coveney subsequently confirmed the loss of 230,000 Salmon in the extreme weather event of 2 February 2014.

Despite repeated requests, Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] and Save Bantry Bay have been refused the Report, breaking Minister Coveney’s previous precedent of releasing such documents regarding salmon farm escapes. read full story / add a comment
Paulo Ito’s mural in São Paulo
international / environment / news report Thursday June 12, 2014 17:30 by Dunk   image 3 images   video 4 video files
(An article on the protest in Brazil against the World Cup, aswell as a small campaign in the southern most host city, Curitiba, about the #CheerForPeace project which is working with communities in the cities most central favela Vila Torres)

The eyes of the world focus on Brazil

Today the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil, who knows how it will go. Will it be a success, or not? Will they have the stadiums finished in time, or not? Will it be interrupted by violent protests, or not? Will it be a positive thing for the country, or not?

We already have, what has quick become, an iconic image of where much of the feelings in Brazil rest at present. Brazilian artist Paulo Ito posted this mural on the doors of a schoolhouse in São Paulo’s Pompeia a few weeks ago.
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mayo / environment / news report Wednesday June 11, 2014 12:23 by Andrew   text 2 comments (last - monday june 16, 2014 01:39)
Almost two years after Shell smuggled their Tunnel Boring Machine out of Dublin port in the middle of the night, and then spent 3 days meeting resistance across the country before getting stuck in the bog, they removed it from Erris Monday night. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / press release Thursday June 05, 2014 11:53 by Earth First! Éire   text 2 comments (last - friday june 06, 2014 16:47)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Yesterday, Wednesday the 4th of June, activists from No Fracking Dublin, Earth First Éire, Shell to Sea, Young Friends of the Earth and other concerned citizens gathered outside the Conrad Hotel on Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 to protest Ireland's reliance on fossil fuels and the giveaway of natural resources by the state. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Monday May 26, 2014 11:43 by Ratatoskr   text 8 comments (last - thursday may 29, 2014 12:18)
A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace.
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national / environment / press release Thursday May 01, 2014 16:19 by FoTE
Today, 29th April 2014, Friends of the Earth launches the Fracking Free Ireland campaign for the local elections. In the run up to polling day to be held on May 23rd, candidates are being asked to take the "Fracking Free Ireland Pledge"‚ which calls for a commitment to oppose the development of this controversial fossil fuel extraction industry in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday April 29, 2014 23:51 by foie
Today, 29th April 2014, Friends of the Earth launch the Fracking Free Ireland campaign for the local elections. In the run up to polling day to be held on May 23rd, candidates are being asked to take the 'Fracking Free Ireland Pledge' which calls for a commitment to oppose the development of this controversial fossil fuel extraction industry in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday April 23, 2014 23:43 by Friends of Irish Environment
In a submission to the National Peatlands Strategy, Friends of the Irish Environment have pointed out that total emissions from our bogs are of the same scale as total emissions from the transport sector.

However, the authors write that ‘the importance of our peatlands for the climate is not correctly acknowledged by the draft Strategy. As a result the draft Strategy fails to integrate with climate change policy and indeed is in conflict with Ireland's obligations under the UNFCCC.’ read full story / add a comment
galway / environment / opinion/analysis Sunday April 20, 2014 00:40 by george unthank
If the industrial salmon cages are permitted to be located in Galway , the sea trout and wild salmon are impaired.
Evidence adduced by gargan et al show unequivocal evidence of louse infestation on returning fish ( to spawn) to be attributable to the proximity of returning wild fish . The closer the salmon cages are located to the swim paths of the fish , the more the infestation of lice on the wild fish read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 16, 2014 11:57 by Biofuelwatch   image 1 image
Having followed the partial conversion of Drax coal power station in the UK to biomass, we are dismayed to see calls across the Irish media for Moneypoint to be converted to biomass. Those calls follow ReThink Pylon's recent publication of a report by a UK consultancy which greenwashes Drax's experience.
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national / environment / press release Thursday March 20, 2014 23:28 by Friends of Irish Environment   image 1 image
FRIENDS OF THE IRISH ENVIRONMENT - PRESS RELEASE - 20 MARCH 2014

A United Nations Committee has found there is a 'profound suspicion of non-compliance' over the United Kingdom's failure to undertake trans-boundary consultations for the construction of a new nuclear plant in Somerset, England.

The investigation has been undertaken by the Implementation Committee of the United Nations Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context [Espoo]. read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / feature Wednesday March 19, 2014 21:53 by T   text 11 comments (last - tuesday august 11, 2015 19:49)   image 24 images   video 1 video file   3 attached files
It was three years on March 11th since the triple nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima plant in Japan in 2011. This article attempts to try and give an picture of the situation today and to show that the accident is still an active event that will take many decades to cleanup and it is anything but over.
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cork / environment / press release Wednesday March 19, 2014 21:05 by Friends of Irish Environment
Ahead of tomorrow’s opening of the An Bord Pleanala hearing into the plans for the clean up of the old steel plant’s toxic dump on Haulbowline Island, Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] has called for the work to be extended to the site of the steel plant itself.

The current proposal is limited to the 9 hectare waste dump on the island.

FIE says numerous reports show that the contamination on the island includes not just the 9 hectare East Tip which is the subject of the license hearing but the 12 hectare site of the steel plant itself which is being ignored. read full story / add a comment
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sligo / environment / press release Sunday March 16, 2014 21:19 by Anti-fracking   image 2 images
For the third year running North West Network will be entering a horse drawn float into the Sligo St. Patrick's Day Parade, with a "frack free Ireland" theme. The 2014 parade, however, will see their attempt to set a world record for the most people dressed as W.B. Yeats in one place at one time! read full story / add a comment
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