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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# air quality

Last year
2022
# County Councils
Report: Here are the counties performing the best and worst on local environment issues
The EPA has identified the highest and lowest-performing local authorities on issues like air and water quality and waste.
# Annual Report
There are 'concerning localised issues' impacting negatively on air people breathe, EPA warns
The EPA has today launched its annual air quality report, Air Quality in Ireland 2021.
# factory farm
'Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming
Cross-border investigation reveals serious environmental and air quality concerns from ammonia produced by the rapidly expanding poultry industry on the island of Ireland.
THE MORNING LEAD
'Potential fraud' in poultry farm planning applications investigated in the North
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy cross-border project reveals serious concerns over the authenticity of documents claimed to be from an Irish State body.
Falsified or altered Teagasc letters used in 23 poultry farm planning cases in the North, Noteworthy reveals
Both national and local authorities in the North are currently investigating the issue
Several cases of dumping of poultry litter discovered in Northern Ireland since 2015
# factory farm
Suspected false documents and illegal dumping: the murky world of poultry manure
Noteworthy reveals serious concerns over authenticity of files used in some poultry farm planning cases in the North and where the manure is going.
# factfind
FactFind: Will planned turf regulations reduce air pollution?
Turf and other solid fuels contribute to air pollution – which can have damaging health effects.
'How many deaths should we tolerate?': Eamon Ryan compares turf plans to the smoking ban
Govt told to 'go back to the bog' as Taoiseach pledges 'no ban on use of turf this year'
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# air quality
'Our actions impact the air we breathe': Report highlights less traffic as key to better air
Pollutants in Ireland’s air in 2020 exceeded guidelines from the World Health Organization.
# factory farm
Explosion in poultry farming in Border region poses air pollution threat
Report, seen by Noteworthy, shows over 250,000 tonnes of manure is being currently produced by the industry in Monaghan alone.
There are an estimated 18.5 million farmed chickens in Monaghan producing ammonia-laden manure.
Report, seen by Noteworthy's Niall Sargent, warns of "direct and indirect negative impacts on the environment locally".
Soil, water and air pollution an increasing concern.
# robot trees
Cork City Council defends 'robot trees' as it launches Clean Air Strategy
Cork’s ‘clean air’ plan is being launched today.
Voices
Opinion: A roaring fire might be cosy, but it's causing serious health issues
Irish Heart Foundation CEO Dr Tim Collins says we need to understand just how dangerous open fires are to our health.
Voices
Opinion: After the Covid-19 masks are gone, will we breathe cleaner air?
Dr Karen Moore of the An Taisce Green-Schools programme wonders if despite Covid-19 and the lockdown, can we take some long-lasting benefits from it all – for the air we breathe, our health and quality of life.
Voices
Opinion: We need serious help to 'stop burning stuff' to heat our homes
UCC researcher calls for a broader range of clean energy initiatives as small towns suffer air pollution from residential solid fuel burning.
# air quality
Smoky coal ban to be extended to 13 towns, but nationwide ban ruled out due to legal threats
The smoky coal ban was first introduced to Dublin in 1990.
# Pollution
Levels of dangerous air pollutant NO2 possibly exceeding limits on M50 and on Dublin streets
A new report from the Environment Protection Agency looks at indicators of the levels of NO2 in the air in Dublin.
# smoggy
California air quality worse than polluted South Asian cities as wildfire death toll hits 63
US president Donald Trump is set to visit the tinder-dry state tomorrow.
# Clean Air
More air quality monitoring stations on the way that will give real-time information to the public
Environment Minister Denis Naughten said the importance of air quality and the impacts it has on our health cannot be underestimated.
# air quality
Traffic fumes could cancel out benefits of walking for older people - study
The EPA said that around 1,500 premature deaths in Ireland in 2014 were directly attributable to air pollution.
# breathe deep
Burning fuel is the biggest threat to Ireland's air quality
There were 1,510 premature deaths in Ireland in 2014 directly attributable to poor air quality levels.
# deep breath
The UK is getting slammed for its air quality levels - so how does Ireland fare?
The UK’s poor air quality ratings are thought to cause more than 40,000 premature deaths a year.
# Smog
UN agency says 681 people died in Ireland from air pollution in one year
The UK had 16,355 deaths from air pollution in the same year, according to a WHO report released today.
# Google Cars
Google is about to tell you how dirty the air you are breathing is
The new software to map air quality is being tested in the United States.
# cough cough cough
What's that smell? Fumes from Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano reach Ireland
Higher-than-normal levels of sulphur dioxide reached Ireland over the weekend.
# Autism
Women in areas of high air pollution more likely to have autistic babies
Researchers said the findings suggest that metals and other pollutants should be regularly measured in the blood of pregnant women.
# air quality
Pollution 'causes 3,400 early deaths' in Ireland, says An Taisce
An Taisce also said that poor air quality is costing the country up to €6.3 billion per year in lost days at work and health costs.
# air quality
Air quality among the best in Europe
However high levels of traffic pollution and residential solid fuel waste are bad news for cities.
# breathe deep
Here's one thing Ireland is getting right...
That air you’re breathing right now? It’s some of the best in Europe.