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We are delighted to see the Green Party launch their Waste Reduction Bill 2017. The Bill calls for much needed practical steps to combat plastic pollution. A deposit refund scheme is outlined for glass and plastic bottles and a complete ban sought on single use non-recyclable plastics, such as disposable cups.
We are aware more than most in Zero Waste Ireland that the issue of plastic pollution is a massive global challenge and a blight on our own country. According to the Green Party, every year, over 110 million tonnes of plastic is produced. Of this, up to 43% ends up in landfill. read full story / add a comment
Originally appeared on June 8th
Today marks World Ocean Day 2017, a global day of celebration honouring the world’s oceans and an opportunity to appreciate, conserve and protect our marine life and habitats.
This year’s conservation focus is on preventing plastic pollution and marine litter, encouraging solutions for healthier seas.
And rightly so. A widely cited study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for the World Economic Forum warns that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
A separate report in the journal Science estimates that 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year – the equivalent of one truckload per minute. One researcher for the study likens this amount to lining up 5 grocery bags of rubbish on every foot of coastline around the globe. read full story / add a comment
Minister Dennis Naughton, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, has been urged to support a United Nations Convention’s ruling requiring suspension of work on the new Hinkley Point UK nuclear reactor until a transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA] is completed.
The first new nuclear station to be constructed in the UK since 1995, Hinkley C is a 3.2GW nuclear power plant composed of two reactors. The power plant will generate 7% of UK's electricity if constructed. The UK position is that “the likely impacts determined through a thorough EIA do not extend beyond the county of Somerset and the Severn Estuary”.
The Espoo Convention, signed by Ireland in 1991, requires that the opportunity for comment provided to the public of potentially affected Parties is ‘equivalent to that provided to the public of the Party of origin’. read full story / add a comment
What impact will Brexit have on the environment on island of Ireland?
What do we know about what the EU and UK sides want to achieve on environmental regulation in the negotiations?
Where? Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk
When? Friday, 16 June 2017, 9.00am - 4pm
Speakers include Mairead McGuinness MEP and Lynn Boylan MEP who are both also Members of the European Parliament's Environment Committee. read full story / add a comment
There will be Public Meetings in Carrigaline and Cobh this week:
>>TUESDAY 13 June: Public Meeting
CARRIGALINE: Carrigaline Community Hall, Tuesday 13 June – 8.pm
>>FRIDAY 16 June: Public Meeting & Launch of Cobh Zero Waste
COBH: Cobh Heritage Centre, Friday 16 June – 7.30pm. read full story / add a comment
An accident has occurred at the Covanta operated Poolbeg incinerator last night (Wed 7 June) which resulted in the hospitalisation of 11 construction workers.
Reports indicate the cause of the incident was an uncontrolled cloud of lime released inside the flue gas treatment area, which breached a door seal and engulfed the workers, resulting in reports of breathing difficulties, feelings of nausea and blurred vision.
Lime, a highly alkaline, caustic and irritating material with potential to cause blindness and serious respiratory issues, is used in incinerators to ‘clean’ harmful compounds such as dioxins and furans from flue gasses. read full story / add a comment
Even though this is more than 1 week old, we are reposting it here to demonstrate how the state is going out of it's way to facilitate Indaver in their attempts to push through this incinerator in Ringaskiddy, Cork.
Bord Pleanala has advised that the additional information supplied by Indaver is considered to contain significant additional data in relation to the effects on the environment of the proposed Ringaskiddy incinerator and have invited submissions from observers during a six week period to close 21 July 2017 at 5.30pm.
This material was submitted at the invitation of the Bord who on making a fourth decision deferral in March 2017 invited Indaver to submit additional information on flight paths and an opportunity to correct their erroneous dioxin figures, exposed on the final day of the Oral Hearing held in April/May 2016. read full story / add a comment
Dr Paul Connett will give a public presentation about Zero Waste, circular economies and how they can provide a way forward for all of us fighting against incinerators and preferring to see safe sustainable waste and resource management in our communities. All welcome read full story / add a comment
A Judicial Review brought by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) alleges that the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council failed to provide satisfactory explanatory reasons for granting the extension to the original decision to allow a third runway at Dublin Airport. FIE alleges that the record shows that the Chief Executive was fully aware that the extra runway would result in increased greenhouse gas emissions, in contravention of the objectives of the 2015 Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act read full story / add a comment
On Saturday morning, a group of 25 people entered the terrain of gasoline trader Vitol in the Amsterdam harbour, forcing a suspension of all activities on the terrain. Their message: Stop the export of toxic gasoline to West-Africa – and end the era of fossil fuels.
Report on Toxic Gasoline read full story / add a comment
cork / environment / news report Wednesday March 22, 2017 22:24 by CHASE 1 comment (last - sunday march 26, 2017 15:43) 1 image
Bord Pleanala have failed to meet their current deadline of 22 March for a decision on the Ringaskiddy incinerator application ( http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/PA0045.htm ) and are to defer for a fourth time in order to request further information from the applicant, Indaver Ireland. No new date has been set. read full story / add a comment
The Little Big Asymmetry: CLIMATE CHANGE and REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE read full story / add a comment
cork / environment / news report Wednesday March 01, 2017 10:53 by Paul Lynch 1 comment (last - tuesday november 07, 2017 10:56) 2 images
On Monday night professor Myles Allen of Oxford University delivered the first in a series of four Lectures on Climate change at UCC to a full house in room 107 of the Western Gateway Building. The theme of the lecture was "Understanding - Climate science and observations", with a focus on quantifying the role of climate change in extreme weather events in Ireland and worldwide. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / news report Saturday February 11, 2017 20:56 by ffi 1 comment (last - saturday february 11, 2017 22:16)
Minutes of Joint Committee meeting from DEC 6th 2016 – minutes confirm that the Fracking Bill is with the Select Committee (supposed to be) rather than the Joint Committee (141 -2). These minutes are not available on Oireachtas website, only internally within Leinster House… read full story / add a comment
Bord na Mona has been accused of ignoring a recent High Court decision by applying for a horticultural processing facility without assessing the impact on the bogs supplying the peat.
The application is for a horticultural processing facility on a 2.7-hectare site near Naas in County Kildare.
The application to Kildare County Council by Bord na Mona says the project is a joint venture with the Dutch company Legro. ‘Legro are based in Holland and sell potting soils and substrates for the professional and consumer market and is one of largest producers of casing soil for mushroom cultivation with clients all around the world’, according to the application. read full story / add a comment
dublin / environment / event notice Monday February 06, 2017 22:04 by pbp 3 comments (last - friday march 03, 2017 12:43) 2 images
The Hellfire Club Action Group have joined with Friends of Masseys Wood to save this natural wilderness from development. We need your support to maintain the natural integrity of the landscape and to protect the environment from commercial exploitation. read full story / add a comment
Dáil votes to divest from fossil fuels – in move that could see Ireland become world leader in divestment
In a move being hailed as ‘historic’ and a ‘significant win’ Ireland may soon become the world’s first country to fully divest from all fossil fuels.
Yesterday the Government was defeated as the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill passed the second stage 90 votes to 53.
Friends of the Earth described as “historic” the vote to progress a Bill to pull taxpayer’s money out of fossil fuel companies. read full story / add a comment
An Bord Pleanala have postponed a decision on the Ringakiddy Incinerator Application for a third time. The decision was originally due on 12 July 2016, postponed to 26 October, then to 24 Jan 2017 and has been postponed again with “a proposed decision date not available at this time” according to Bord Pleanala’s website. (http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/PA0045.htm) read full story / add a comment
A new environmental group is forming the Dublin city area.
The network will work to represent environmental views at local authority level.
They are currently inviting interested people to attend their first meeting which will take place in Trinity College on the 24th of January.
The group is being put together by a number of environmentalists who want to bring people together around the common cause of promoting sustainable development in the city. read full story / add a comment
Please take 2 minutes to have your say in how you want to see the Harbour developed, and encourage friends/family to do likewise.
Cork County Council sets out its land use planning strategy for the development of the towns and villages of the county in a series of Municipal District Local Area Plans, which are currently under review.
The Ballincollig-Carrigaline Local Area Plan covers the area surrounding the proposed incinerator site in Ringaskiddy, is directly relevant to the future of the Harbour area and has invited submissions. Submissions are FREE and can be made online, but the system will close at 4pm tomorrow, Monday 16th January 2017. read full story / add a comment
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