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"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
Protest at St Patrick's Day parade in New York (1992)
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 100 comments (last - wednesday august 13, 2014 14:46)   image 55 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
national / environment / opinion/analysis Friday March 08, 2013 18:29 by one of NFI   text 7 comments (last - friday april 26, 2013 21:47)
Statement from participants in the No Fracking Ireland Network on the EPA ‘public consultation’ process with regard to ‘Proposed terms of reference for EPA/DCENR/NIEA Research Programme on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction (UGEE)’
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national / environment / opinion/analysis Friday March 08, 2013 18:20 by One of NFI
This was originally published by Gluaiseacht in a publication released at the time of the 2012 Grassroots Gathering in Galway. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday March 05, 2013 19:13 by Roundiehouse   text 2 comments (last - tuesday april 16, 2013 02:54)
Dendermonde, 12th February 2013. Today the court of Dendermonde convicted 11 activists of 'gang formation'. In doing so, the judge has criminalised their participation in the non violent direct action and debate on May 29th, 2011, which brought attention to the need for a sustainable agriculture system. read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / news report Wednesday February 20, 2013 01:25 by Labor Party - Philippines   image 3 images
A change in mining policy and use of coal in power generation must be taken into consideration when government agencies conduct their investigations on the mining disaster that took place off Semirara island in the province of Antique, the labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM - Labor Party) said in a statement.
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international / environment / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 19, 2013 18:47 by Emilio José Lemos de Lima
Zorba the Greek?
Dear Friends,
Unfortunately, only one IMC is working in Greece nowadays and there are many Greeks around the world.
The article that you see below, in Greek and in English, was published here a few days ago, in Italian and English, under a similar situation.
I ask again your help to reach their recipients.
Thank you once more for being the guarantors of freedom that you are.
I send you my hug!
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view of Sruwaddacon Bay where Shell intend to put the pipe.
mayo / environment / news report Sunday February 17, 2013 18:16 by rossport   text 2 comments (last - monday february 18, 2013 10:43)   image 4 images
This last week has been another week of resistance to Shell controversial pipeline, with numerous truck blockades and disruption to workers. read full story / add a comment
Farmers at Kilkenny Circuit Court after winning defamation case against hunt supremo
international / environment / press release Saturday February 09, 2013 14:34 by Farmers Against Hunting and Trespass   text 1 comment (last - saturday february 09, 2013 16:31)   image 2 images
Farmers against Fox Hunting and Trespass (FAFT) welcomes the outcome of the defamation case brought by two County Kilkenny farmers against a senior hunt official.

On February 4th, Hubert and Norman Daniels were awarded in excess of 30,000 Euro against Mr. Edward Norris of the Kilkenny Hunt in Kilkenny Circuit.

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