#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 11°C Monday 26 October 2020


# conservation - Saturday 22 April, 2017

Farmers defend 'extreme and irresponsible' gorse bush burning as best practice

The recent spell of dry weather has left firefighters battling gorse bush blazes, with farmers often blamed for starting them.

# conservation - Saturday 8 April, 2017

Shrinking Himalayan glaciers have been granted status of 'living entities'

An Indian court made the decision because the glaciers were “losing their very existence”.

# conservation - Saturday 25 March, 2017

'It could have fallen into the street': How a derelict building in Dublin's Blackpitts was transformed

It’s now going to be part of a site that offers student accommodation.

# conservation - Sunday 19 February, 2017

Conserving our heritage: 'One woman was in tears that her home was a protected structure'

If your local authority decides your house or business is a protected structure, what actually happens?

# conservation - Tuesday 31 January, 2017

The future of gin is safe after shortage of key ingredient is prevented

Warnings had been made that the juniper plant was at risk of going extinct.

# conservation - Sunday 2 October, 2016

Heritage pubs owner to recreate interior of 100-year-old shop that was "gutted out" last month

The perfectly-preserved interior of J Dempseys on Dorset Street was demolished earlier this year.

# conservation - Monday 5 September, 2016

The giant panda is no longer endangered in China

Experts warned, however, that the good news for pandas could be short-lived.

# conservation - Saturday 3 September, 2016

After surviving 100 years of change, this rare building has been "gutted out"

“It could have been a wonderful home for a family, or an authentic rather than a fake hipster café – this was the real deal.”

# conservation - Wednesday 3 August, 2016

The Wicklow Mountains National Park has just got 5,000 acres bigger

The Featherbeds could become the centrepiece for a new tourism strategy for South Dublin.

# conservation - Friday 1 July, 2016

Ireland's Catholic Library is trying to negotiate a move - and its members aren't happy

The Dublin-based library houses about 70,000 items, many of which are centuries old.

# conservation - Wednesday 22 June, 2016

Donald Trump's 'Irish wall' could be in trouble

The US presidential hopeful wants to build a €10 million rock barrier to protect his county Clare golf course.

# conservation - Sunday 3 January, 2016

'Win a lion' and kill it if you want to: Conservation raffle sparks criticism

One charity described it as ‘appalling’.

# conservation - Wednesday 2 September, 2015

Hungry polar bears trap researchers in weather station

The workers are living in a remote weather station on the north Russian island of Vaygach.

# conservation - Monday 13 July, 2015

The Poolbeg Chimneys have some very unusual residents

Here’s a glimpse into their life.

# conservation - Friday 3 July, 2015

Sit back and let this sea turtle with a GoPro give you a tour of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

The video campaign aims to raise awareness of the reef.

# conservation - Saturday 28 March, 2015

Will you be switching out the lights for Earth Hour? Light Out This post contains a poll

Will you be switching out the lights for Earth Hour?

If you want to participate, you have to go dark from 8.30pm this evening.

# conservation - Monday 29 December, 2014

Conserving some of Ireland's most historical houses and churches cost €15m this year

A total of 540 projects benefited from funding .

# conservation - Saturday 4 October, 2014

This historic Cork mansion was the scene of a kidnapping, and it's now at risk

The house has a private owner who lives in the USA.

# conservation - Monday 22 September, 2014

Edinburgh Zoo's panda is "no longer pregnant"

It is not known whether Tian Tian had a miscarriage.

# conservation - Monday 4 August, 2014

Ireland culled up to 39,000 badgers in six years

The Department of Agriculture is trialling a vaccination programme in a number of counties to see how effective it is but most badgers captured are shot.

# conservation - Thursday 10 July, 2014

African elephants could quickly "be driven to extinction locally", warns conservation group

CITES says that the number of elephants killed in the past three years is “far exceeding” the number born.

# conservation - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

Caribbean coral reefs could vanish within 20 years because of humans

Overfishing, pollution and global warming have all contributed to killing off the coral reefs.

# conservation - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Irish Water wants allowance of 38,000 litres per child reduced

However, Enda Kenny has insisted that “every child” will be free.

# conservation - Friday 20 June, 2014

Irish Water has advised people to give their toilets "a smaller flush" to save water

The organisation has released a number of water conservation tips such as flushing your toilet less and ditching the bath in favour of a shower.

# conservation - Saturday 31 May, 2014

Water charges a step too far for jobseekers

Charity, St Vincent de Paul is worried that adults without children won’t be able to afford water as there are no extra allowances for them.

# conservation - Wednesday 7 May, 2014

Poll: Will you make an effort to conserve water in order to reduce your bill? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you make an effort to conserve water in order to reduce your bill?

The Minister for the Environment said the charge could be reduced if people make attempts to conserve water.

# conservation - Monday 28 April, 2014

Superhero* nature lovers wanted for Irish bat survey

*Don’t worry, there’s no leaping off buildings involved – just the willingness to volunteer.

# conservation - Monday 31 March, 2014

UN court tells Japan to leave the whales alone

Japanese Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi last year vowed Japan would never stop whaling.

# conservation - Saturday 1 February, 2014

'Serious health hazard' as entire town's sewage piped into conservation area Galway This post contains images

'Serious health hazard' as entire town's sewage piped into conservation area

An Taisce said today there is a potential threat to drinking and bathing water in the area of Glenamaddy.

# conservation - Monday 20 January, 2014

Fear of closure continues at Irish Seed Savers as fundraising slower than expected

The organisation requires €250,000 to secure its future.

# conservation - Saturday 11 January, 2014

Technology saving major works in National Gallery Preserve Us This post contains images

Technology saving major works in National Gallery

Priceless art collection preserved for future through latest conservation methods.

# conservation - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Over one million people visited Dublin Zoo in 2013

A number of high profile additions helped the numbers including an Asian lion and two snow leopards.

# conservation - Saturday 2 November, 2013

EU Commission assessing if demolition of Kilkenny ‘heritage house’ is in breach of EU directive

A local group has said that there is a medieval gable wall at one of the houses but the council said there is not yet sufficient evidence of this.

# conservation - Thursday 31 October, 2013

Scientists discover new species of dolphin

The Wildlife Conservation Society said it was a significant finding as identifying a new mammal species is rare.

# conservation - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Council issues water-saving tips ahead of Dublin night restrictions

The council said restrictions will be in place until at least next Monday.

# conservation - Saturday 26 October, 2013

Fota Wildlife Park celebrates birth of baby cheetah

It is the first baby cheetah to be born there in over five years and you can name him.

# conservation - Monday 21 October, 2013

More than 300 elephants deliberately poisoned in Zimbabwe park

Other animals including lions, vultures, painted dogs and hyenas have also been killed by poachers at Zimbabwe’s largest game park.

# conservation - Saturday 5 October, 2013

This group is digitally preserving the world’s heritage sites for future generations Conservation This post contains images

This group is digitally preserving the world’s heritage sites for future generations

War and natural disasters are causing destruction so a non-profit organisation plans to digitally scan 500 heritage sites over the next five years.

# conservation - Saturday 14 September, 2013

The Burren receives European diploma for protected areas Irish Beauty This post contains images

The Burren receives European diploma for protected areas

The Burren has been honoured for its rich flora and fauna and its importance to cultural heritage.

# conservation - Friday 23 August, 2013

Kildare locals question why old Quaker school was delisted and is due to be demolished

Locals are fighting to preserve the historic 18th century building which is being redeveloped by the food giant Glanbia.