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national / environment / other press Thursday November 07, 2013 - 22:23 by T 3 comments (last - friday november 08, 2013 - 20:03) 1 image 1 attached file
The plan for a huge number of wind turbines is not just running into trouble. It seems it could turn out to be a bit of a white elephant. The drive is coming from the UK because the population density is so high they are running into continual problems with objections and as a result they are unable to meet their own promised obligations for the percentage of renewable energy. But they have done a deal with the Irish government to use the 'empty' midlands of Ireland to build thousands of wind turbines and transfer the power by cable to the UK.
To many these seems like corporate colonialism and the though of all the billions in investment with the chance to then quickly sell complete wind farms on has all the worst kinds of people involved and the Irish government and their friends have been so eager to get hands on this that the Irish government has incredibly not even carried out a Cost Benefit Analysis of the whole thing.
With wind farms if the site is not windy enough and too many turbines are put on the site, it can result in a situation where they do not meet the targets for power output and hence revenue and it can result in the venture not covering its costs properly -i.e. making a loss. This has happened quite a bit in the interior locations of various countries as the strongest and most consistent wind generally occurs on coastal sites. And Colm McCarthy, the ‘Bord Snip’ economist, has already described the drive to build wind farms all over Ireland as another potential ‘Nama’. ... read full story / add a comment
The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has written to management of Glenveagh National Park expressing its concern that large areas of sensitive habitat are being destroyed illegally and for commercial purposes. The Park, which is one of only six in Ireland and is home to rare species such as the Golden Eagle, Red Grouse and Red Deer is of immense biodiversity, landscape and economic value. The IWT surveyed four areas in October of this year where machines were being used to extract large volumes of turf on a commercial scale. There is also extensive illegal dumping of tyres and household debris within the boundary of the Park. New drains have been created, designed to dry out the blanket bog habitat to facilitate turf extraction. Blanket bog is a priority habitat under the EU Habitats Directive and the affected areas lie not only in the National Park but within zones designated as Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area. The IWT believes that this is occurring without any regulation or controls but has asked the NPWS to clarify this. To-date we have received no response. In addition, blanket bog habitats lie outside the scope of the much discussed Management and Restoration Plan being discussed by the Peatlands Council (dedicated to midland raised bogs only). ... read full story / add a comment
fermanagh / environment / event notice Monday November 04, 2013 - 23:41 by FFAN 1 image 1 video file
There will be a Community Film showing followed by a facilitated discussion by FFAN in Melvin's Anglers Club House, Garrison, Co. Fermanagh.
This will take place at 8pm, Thurs 7th Nov 2013 ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / environment / event notice Saturday November 02, 2013 - 00:52 by FluorideGirl 11 comments (last - tuesday november 12, 2013 - 00:23)
The Girl Against Fluoride invites you to celebrate the launch of the 2014 Naked Calendar at: The White Lady Art Gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 on Thursday 7th November. Doors open at 6.30 pm.
The aim of the 2014 Naked Calendar is to create awareness about the water fluoridation issue in Ireland. It will combine beauty, entertainment and information that is sure to get the nation talking about fluoride. The proceeds of the sale of the calendar will go towards paying for expert witnesses who will be needed to testify in the up and coming High Court case. The calendar will be on sale at €9.99 on the website from Friday 8th November. To reserve a copy email email@example.com ... read full story / add a comment
clare / environment / event notice Sunday October 27, 2013 - 13:02 by anti-fracking 5 comments (last - friday november 15, 2013 - 18:41) 2 images
Important notice to all residents of south & west Clare.
The future survival and well-being of all residents of west and south County Clare is about to be decided on how the two single most important issues of our time are decided. (1) The internal divisions of the Cap Reform Payments in Ireland as a result of the 2013 CAP reform recently agreed in Brussels .Failure to achieve a fair and equitable division of these subsidies will result in the disappearance of at least 30% of the existing farming community and the elimination of many business in the rural towns and villages of Co.Clare.The UFA National Officers will present at this public information meeting the options for a fair and equitable distributions of the new payments facts and figures. Be aware the future of family farming as we know it is at stake here. ... read full story / add a comment
The labeling "Responsibly Farmed" on farmed salmon in Irish Supermarket Chains is a complete contradiction. Why you may ask? In the nutshell, science has proven the negative impacts Salmon Farms have on native species of juvenile sea trout and salmon. It is far from Responsible to place a salmon farm on any coastline in the direct migratory path of native species. Salmon farms have proven to be connected to the mass decline of sea trout and salmon in many river systems around the world. Lets not forget the famous sea trout collapse in Connemara after they placed salmon farms along the West Coast of Ireland back in the 80's. ... read full story / add a comment
Global Frackdown2 Day - Sat Oct 19th 2013 -Events in Carrick-on-Shannon, Drumshambo, Cahir and Clonmel
international / environment / event notice Tuesday October 08, 2013 - 18:16 by T 2 comments (last - friday november 01, 2013 - 21:04) 5 images
On October 19, 2013, the Global Frackdown will unite concerned citizens around the globe to tell elected officials that we want a future lit by clean, renewable energy; not dirty, polluting fossil fuels. The journey to a renewable energy future will not be fueled by shale gas. Take a stand against fracking — find an event near you and join the Frackdown! ... read full story / add a comment
The amount of methane released into the atmosphere during shale gas drills is disputed, with one new industry-funded report suggesting it could be less than previously thought.
But asked whether there should be mandatory testing for methane leaks at European shale drills, Jos Delbeke, the director of the European Commission’s climate department told EurActiv: “We must know what the methane emissions are going to be.”
“Either the companies are going to put it on the table or a regulation is going to come at the European level,” he added. “I leave that open.”
Delbeke was speaking on 3 October at a presentation for a new methane emissions report by Dr David Allen, organised by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) in Brussels.
Methane is a greenhouse gas at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a shorter 100-year period. Scientists believe that it could be particularly dangerous trigger for global warming feedback loops.
The issue of how to regulate it could be crucial, as Brussels weighs the wisdom of a legislative package for shale gas, ahead of an announcement planned for this December.
The EU executive could decide on a standalone instrument such as a new directive, amendments to existing legislation, or ‘soft guidance’ to industry in the form of voluntary obligations.
As a taster of what lies ahead, the European parliament will next week vote on forcing shale gas firms to undertake Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) before drills can begin. ... read full story / add a comment
LEAF and Claiming Our Future invite you to participate in an event to discuss production and distribution of renewable energy and energy conservation. The intention is to identify priorities to include in a People’s Charter on Renewable Energy.
Our dependence on fossil fuels makes for an unsustainable economy and society. This dependence leaves our economy and all of us at the mercy of rising global energy prices. This contributes to an ever-increasing cost of living and people living in poverty find it increasingly difficult to meet their energy needs. ... read full story / add a comment
Statement from participants in the No Fracking Ireland Network on occasion of Ireland Oil and Gas 2013 Summit
national / environment / opinion/analysis Monday September 09, 2013 - 20:25 by one of NFI 1 comment (last - tuesday september 17, 2013 - 12:32)
Protest taking place on Wednesday September 11th from 11.30am at the Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel, Stillorgan Road Blackrock / Gathering for public awareness raising at 3.30pm at the Central Bank Plaza, Dame Street
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national / environment / event notice Saturday August 17, 2013 - 09:18 by Eamon 4 comments (last - tuesday january 21, 2014 - 16:57) 2 images
The Progressive Film Club present
ON SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST
THE ENVIRONMENT AT RISK: Featuring
Pipe Down is an hour long documentary that tells the story of a rural community in Co. Mayo in Ireland, who have been battling the oil giant Shell
Fukushima, Never Again tells the story of the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns in north east Japan in March of 2011 and exposes the cover-up by Tepco and the Japanese government.
... read full story / add a comment
The Westmeath Windfarm Information Groups, together with similar groups from neighbouring counties, have organised a Rally and Family Protest against Industrial Windfarms in the Midlands to take place in Mullingar on Sat. 27th July 2013.
The Rally will assemble at St. Pauls Church, Delvin Rd. Mullingar at 2pm and go to the Market Square in central Mullingar.
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mayo / environment / news report Monday July 15, 2013 - 01:11 by Shell to Sea 1 comment (last - monday july 15, 2013 - 01:20) 8 images 1 video file
-- Local community forced to act after State agencies ignore danger -- ... read full story / add a comment
Help is needed to lobby our Environment MEPs on the review of this directive because this will be used to set the parameters on Fracking in Ireland.
1. Lobby our ENVI MEP’s – Review of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive before 11 July!!
2. Watch the BBC documentary
3. Send an e post card ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Friday June 28, 2013 - 16:03 by j debender 1 comment (last - friday june 28, 2013 - 17:21) 4 images
This week has seen large numbers of people continually walking down to Shell's tunneling compound, disrupting work and blocking Shell traffic, and many people from the camp have taken advantage of the sunny weather to spend the days helping locals with turf collecting- many hands make light work! Meanwhile the guards have spent their time patrolling around harassing people on the roads. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Monday June 24, 2013 - 23:27 by Rossport Solidarity Camp 1 comment (last - tuesday june 25, 2013 - 09:54) 4 images 1 video file
Today, Monday 24th of June, six people, two piloting kayaks, ventured out onto Sruth Fhada Conn estuary to disrupt the progress of a boat doing surveying work for the Shell Corrib gas project, in a continuation of Rossport Solidarity Camp's week of action. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Sunday June 23, 2013 - 23:22 by Rossport Solidarity Camp 4 comments (last - friday june 28, 2013 - 02:14) 1 image
Today, Sunday 23 June, around eighty people stormed a work site of the controversial Shell Corrib Gas project near Rossport, Co. Mayo. Significant damage was caused to construction equipment. This was the latest event in thirteen years of struggle against the project, which faces concerted opposition from residents due to its dangerous, experimental nature. ... read full story / add a comment
Irish Farmers are taking to the road in advance of the G8 summit. They will stage a tractor run Sunday June 16th from Manorhamilton to the iconic Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne in Leitrim to shine a light on their opposition to fracking on the national and world stage. ... read full story / add a comment
Following the success of the Day of Action in Avondale House and Forest Park on April 28th where thousands attended to help stop the sell off of our forests, walks are now being organised all over the country. For a fun family day out, rain or shine. Invite all. Part of national day to celebrate our woods, prevent planned government sale our forests (7% of our land).
Events taking place in Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow... read full story / add a comment
As part of a national ‘Walk in the Woods’ Day on Sunday June 9th the Kerry Save Our Woods Network is organising a family walk in the Coillte owned Killaclohane Woods, near Castlemaine, Co. Kerry at 2pm.
The family Walk at Killaclohane Woods includes a walk, music, face painting and treasure hunt. People are invited to bring along a picnic and enjoy the day!! ... read full story / add a comment
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