18th December

COP21: EU pressure on Ireland for a 'credible plan'

The landmark Paris Agreement will not deliver the climate stability it promises, without consistent public pressure for action and accountability, according to Friends of the Earth.

It will however increase the pressure on Ireland as the attention turns to negotiations in Brussels in 2016, to agree each country's 2030 target, says the environmental justice organisation.

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Speaking from Paris, FoE Ireland chair, Dr Cara Augustenborg said the Agreement was too weak to deliver climate justice and safety on its own and that the gap between ambition and action was too big.

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Raw, untreated sewage continues to pump into Irish water

Ireland's coastal waters, lakes and rivers continue to be polluted by untreated sewage pumping from 45 urgan areas, over half of which are in counties Cork, Donegal and Galway. 143 out of 174 or 82% of large urban areas meet mandatory EU quality standards, up 8% in two years. 

EPA waste water 2014 report edited 1

The EPA Urban Waste Water Treatment Report for 2014 highlights the need for investment in waste water infrastructure to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage and to meet EU standards intended to prevent adverse environmental and public health risks. 

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Second international sea trout symposium

Scientists, managers and policy makers gathered in Dundalk, Co Louth, to discuss conservation and protection of sea trout, to develop national sea trout policies. Central to discussions was the wider application of an 'evidence-based' approach to management and regulation.

 

International sea trout symposium

Denis Maher, DCENR; Dr Ciaran Byrne, chief executive, IFI; Cynthia Smith, DCAL NI and Dr Cathal Gallaher, IFI

Sea trout is a valuable natural resource offering an 'exceptional angling experience'. Irish fisheries managers are therefore very focused on sustainable management and stock restoration, according to event organisers, Inland Fisheries Ireland.

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Learning about the environment through storytelling

An NUI Galway Ryan Institute project will see 20 children’s books, written and illustrated by this year’s sixth class students of Galway Educate Together National School, reach global audiences through the EcoScience Writers in Schools project.

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The cover of Dolphin’s First Day, designed by sixth-class students of Galway Educate Together National School

The goal of this unique project is to create a set of fun and informative teaching resources by supporting the students to write a story for their younger peers on an environmental subject of their choosing. The class wrote about creatures of the North Atlantic Ocean, incorporating facts into their fictional prose in a way that was both entertaining and educational.

Read more: Learning about the environment through storytelling

UNESCO 'biosphere status' for Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay has been awarded ‘biosphere designation’ by UNESCO in recognition of its unique ecological and cultural status. Designation had related to the North Bull Island only but is now extended to an area of approximately 300km2. Biospheres are recognised for their biological diversity and are managed to promote a balanced relationship between people and nature.

The award coincided with the launch of the Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership, established by Dublin City Council; Dublin Port Company; Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; Fingal County Council and The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to protect and promote the Bay.Dublin Bay UNESCO recognition

Speaking at the launch, Dublin’s outgoing Lord Mayor Christy Burke said Dublin Bay was a unique and valuable resource.

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Sorbets made with Irish rain water

Kieran and Sean Murphy of Murphy's Ice Cream love Irish rain. Not just any Irish rain but the stuff that falls in Dingle, Co Kerry, which they've collected and distilled to create 'Rainbow Sorbets' in two flavours - chocolate and raspberry. 

Crowned the 'emperors of ice cream' by food writers, John and Sally McKenna, Kieran and Sean explain they wanted to harness something "completely Irish, to tantalise the tastebuds".Murphy's Ice Cream

Murphy's sorbet range made with distilled Irish rain water

"Water is a key ingredient and we have the cleanest, purest water possible. Now Irish people and visitors alike can enjoy Irish weather in a whole new way!" 

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