Summary of agency and organisation reports. Updated first of each month.

Mercury Rising: Health and Environmental Risks

A recent report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) on the toxic mercury rising in the environment creating health risks, as well as adverse effects on wildlife

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Trust the Dutch When It Comes to Protecting People from Flooding

Dealing with low probability flooding that has large consequences

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30 Sep 2016

Climate Smart Agriculture: If Only. Reports from IIEA/RDS, and from Environmental Pillar/Stop Climate Chaos

The conversation about Irish farming has been fundamentally changed and no one can now claim more money for Irish farm production is only so the poor of the world can be fed.

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1 Sep 2016

Can the UK promote fracking and stick to its carbon budgets and 2050 target? Not unless it can meet three tests. An Assessment from the UK Climate Change Committee

An assessment of fracking by the UK Climate Change Commission raises serious questions about whether fracking is inconsistent with the UK 2050 GHG target and interim carbon budgets

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1 Aug 2016

Agroecology: Is there a clear green path from monocultures to diversity in agriculture?

As we move from fossil fuels to renewables, are we also ready for a similar revolution against industrial agriculture and in favor of local, diversified farming

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1 Jul 2016

Brexit: If the UK Leaves the EU, It Likely Goes from the “Dirty Man of Europe” to the “Dirty Outlier”

The Conservative government in the UK has opposed many environmental protection efforts and renewable energy initiatives, and we can certainly expect more of the same if the UK leaves the EU.

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1 Jun 2016

Irish Government’s Plans for Efficient and Renewable Energy: Not Enough, By Far

A recent report from SEAI shows that Ireland is facing substantial fines for missing its energy targets

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1 May 2016

The Irish Government Is Failing to Meet Its EU GHG Obligations, says an Irish EPA Report: A Look at the Message and the Messenger

The free ride for agriculture as Ireland fails to meet its GHG emission reductions, and who is going to pay for the ride

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1 Apr 2016

Limit Your Meat, Dairy and Eggs: Nitrogen Emissions and Food Choices

PBL Netherlands and others on the health and environmental benefits of reducing consumption of animal products

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1 Mar 2016

EEA On 15 Years of EU Transport Policy: To What Effect?

EEA on how emissions from the transport sector, which keep on growing, represent a significant challenge for meeting EU targets for reducing GHGs

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1 Feb 2016

Cities: Where it’s happening – local climate action for global climate change

Cities occupy 3% of Earth’s land, and house 50% of the world’s population, and account for about 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions – what happens in cities matters for climate change.

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1 Jan 2016

“I think that I shall never see/A poem lovely as a tree”: The EEA Report on the Water Retention Wonders of Forests

How forests retain excess rainwater reducing adverse impacts from flooding and droughts.

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1 Dec 2015

A Plea for Some Concrete Language from the Irish EPA: suggested edits to EPA’s Draft Strategy for Goals and Objectives, 2016-2020

The Irish EPA needs to be more concrete and transparent with what it intends to do over the next 5 years to protect the environment

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1 Nov 2015

EEB on Attempts to Block Regulation of Methane Under the Proposed Revised EU Directive on National Emission Ceilings

On attempts by vested interests, particularly in agriculture, to undermine protections against methane in proposed EU Directive

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1 Oct 2015

The Pope, the Planet and Passion: LAUDATO SI’ and Getting the Tone Right

A good old-fashioned thunderous sermon from the mount on the risks from climate change and the blocks to climate action

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1 Sep 2015

EEA Signals on Agriculture and Soil, and Climate Change

On how climate change is currently influencing Europe and how it is expected to impact in the future on agriculture and soils

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1 Aug 2015

Wind and Biomass for Electricity and Heat: Their Wider Benefits for Ireland

On how wind and biomass help Ireland meet its EU GHG emission targets and contribute to the wider Irish economy with jobs and macroeconomic benefits

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1 Jul 2015

Walmarting of Agriculture: It’s All About Consolidation and Concentration

Big agriculture pushing aside family and community farms like Walmart in the retail sector

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1 Jun 2015

Developments in Irish Waste Enforcement

On status of enforcement in Ireland in waste sector

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1 May 2015

EEA’s The European Environment (SOER 2015): Where Do We Stand Now

Report on the state of the environment in Europe now and its global context

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1 Apr 2015

Business in the US Is Becoming Climate Riskier, But At What Cost?

Report calling for American business leaders and investors to “get in the game” and rise to the challenge of addressing climate change, but without letting us know the price of the ticket to the game

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1 Mar 2015

The Trojan Horse: Investor-State Dispute Settlements in the EU-US Proposed Trade Agreement (TTIP)

On a recent study by Friends of the Earth Europe analysing 127 cases of investor-state dispute claims, and their dangers for environmental protections, and democracy

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1 Feb 2015

European Environmentalism at a Crossroad, or Is it Really a Roadblock

On the past 40 years and future of European environmentalism and the implications of the unfolding policies of the new EU Commission

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1 Jan 2015

A World of Cities by 2050: More People, More Money, More Water Problems and Some Possibilities

On implications for natural resources of over 50% of all people on the planet now living in cities, with 70% by 2050

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30 Nov 2014

Time to Change: the Deadly Game of Fossil Fuel Subsidies

On the counterproductive, damaging effects of fossil fuels subsidies and what to do about them – Updated 14 Nov 2014

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1 Nov 2014