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# epa - Tuesday 23 November, 2021

'Our actions impact the air we breathe': Report highlights less traffic as key to better air
# Air Quality
# Air Quality

'Our actions impact the air we breathe': Report highlights less traffic as key to better air

Nov 23rd 2021, 6:15 AM 8,326 Views 24 Comments

Pollutants in Ireland’s air in 2020 exceeded guidelines from the World Health Organization.

# epa - Wednesday 3 November, 2021

Raw sewage from 33 towns and villages is flowing into our environment every day
# EPA
# EPA

Raw sewage from 33 towns and villages is flowing into our environment every day

Nov 3rd 2021, 12:15 AM 57,442 Views 40 Comments

Half of Ireland’s urban wastewater is still not treated to the basic EU standards, according to a new report.

# epa - Thursday 14 October, 2021

'Abject failure' led to 900,000 water users being without boil notices after two contaminations
# Contaminated Water
# Contaminated Water

'Abject failure' led to 900,000 water users being without boil notices after two contaminations

Updated Oct 14th 2021, 2:10 PM 19,671 Views 26 Comments

There were 52 confirmed illnesses after contaminated water entered the public drinking supply.

# epa - Monday 20 September, 2021

Local politicians say they warned council and Irish Water of illness in Gorey in late August
# Irish Water
# Irish Water

Local politicians say they warned council and Irish Water of illness in Gorey in late August

Updated Sep 20th 2021, 4:15 PM 28,910 Views 40 Comments

At least 52 people fell ill after untreated water passed through the system.

# epa - Friday 17 September, 2021

At least 52 people fell ill after contaminated water entered the public drinking supply
# Drinking Water
# Drinking Water

At least 52 people fell ill after contaminated water entered the public drinking supply

Updated Sep 17th 2021, 9:32 PM 50,797 Views 31 Comments

Several illnesses were reported by the HSE.

# epa - Friday 10 September, 2021

More than one million tonnes of packaging waste created in Ireland for third year in a row
# Recycling
# Recycling

More than one million tonnes of packaging waste created in Ireland for third year in a row

Sep 10th 2021, 6:00 AM 10,245 Views 23 Comments

Our recycling rate has continued to decline.

# epa - Monday 9 August, 2021

Do Not Swim notice extended for 72 hours at north Dublin beach
# Balbriggan
# Balbriggan

Do Not Swim notice extended for 72 hours at north Dublin beach

Aug 9th 2021, 6:13 PM 19,079 Views 7 Comments

Another Do Not Swim notice which was in place at Malahide Beach has been lifted.

# epa - Monday 26 July, 2021

Weed killer company to pay €5,000 to charity over pollution in River Tolka
# Barclay Chemicals Manufacturing
# Barclay Chemicals Manufacturing

Weed killer company to pay €5,000 to charity over pollution in River Tolka

Jul 26th 2021, 5:13 PM 29,007 Views 0 Comments

An inspector said the firm discharged 5,000 times the limit of glyphosate that should be in groundwater.

# epa - Friday 23 July, 2021

Irish Water faces sentence over environmental breaches in Cork and Kildare
# Sewage
# Sewage

Irish Water faces sentence over environmental breaches in Cork and Kildare

Jul 23rd 2021, 6:56 PM 24,642 Views 0 Comments

The prosecution was delayed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

# epa - Wednesday 14 July, 2021

Water quality in almost half of Ireland's rivers and lakes deemed unsatisfactory
# Environmental Protection Agency
# Environmental Protection Agency

Water quality in almost half of Ireland's rivers and lakes deemed unsatisfactory

Jul 14th 2021, 7:05 AM 13,261 Views 9 Comments

Many rivers and estuaries in the south and east are under pressure from excess nitrogen from agricultural activities, the EPA said.

# epa - Wednesday 30 June, 2021

Over half of septic tanks failed their 2020 inspection, says EPA
# Septic Tanks
# Septic Tanks

Over half of septic tanks failed their 2020 inspection, says EPA

Jun 30th 2021, 8:09 AM 17,082 Views 25 Comments

Over a fifth were also found to be a risk to human life or the environment.

# epa - Tuesday 22 June, 2021

Poll: Would you pay more taxes to help reduce Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Would you pay more taxes to help reduce Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions?

Jun 22nd 2021, 8:53 AM 37,039 Views 143 Comments

Green house gas targets will not be met but the EPA said there is a chance if we can reduce our emissions by 2%.

Ireland won't meet 2013-2020 EU targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, EPA says
# Targets
# Targets

Ireland won't meet 2013-2020 EU targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, EPA says

Jun 22nd 2021, 6:00 AM 8,142 Views 29 Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its 2020-2040 projections for greenhouse gas emissions.

# epa - Friday 4 June, 2021

Microplastics in Irish waters 'pass up the food chain' into systems of humans and larger animals
# Study
# Study

Microplastics in Irish waters 'pass up the food chain' into systems of humans and larger animals

Jun 4th 2021, 6:09 PM 12,690 Views 13 Comments

The findings were contained in research carried out by scientists at UCC.

# epa - Saturday 15 May, 2021

Opinion: Radon kills thousands in Ireland but the gas is completely preventable
# Radon Aware
# Radon Aware

Opinion: Radon kills thousands in Ireland but the gas is completely preventable

May 15th 2021, 6:30 PM 42,248 Views 23 Comments

EcoEye producer Marcus Stewart explains how some straightforward policy moves can bring deaths from the radioactive gas under control.

# epa - Wednesday 12 May, 2021

Here are the four bathing areas classified as having 'poor' quality water in Ireland
# Beaches
# Beaches

Here are the four bathing areas classified as having 'poor' quality water in Ireland

May 12th 2021, 12:10 AM 66,656 Views 9 Comments

96% of beaches met EU standards last year.

# epa - Monday 3 May, 2021

Transparency gap: State bodies holding back company emissions data from the public
# Cost Of Carbon
# Cost Of Carbon

Transparency gap: State bodies holding back company emissions data from the public

May 3rd 2021, 12:05 AM 18,062 Views 9 Comments
  • Companies are starting to volunteer their emissions data but State bodies slow to reveal all details to public, writes Niall Sargent.
  • While emissions levels are falling in many sectors, Noteworthy analysis shows that sectors such as agriculture and aviation are stagnating or growing.
  • Ireland is doing well on finding energy efficiencies but there is still a mountain to climb.

# epa - Tuesday 13 April, 2021

Drop of 6.4% in industrial emissions last year - but not for dairy and pharma
# Greenhouse Gases
# Greenhouse Gases

Drop of 6.4% in industrial emissions last year - but not for dairy and pharma

Apr 13th 2021, 4:47 PM 6,318 Views 6 Comments

This compares with a decrease of approximately 11-12% across Europe.

# epa - Monday 1 March, 2021

Pollution causes around 725 deaths in Dublin each year, with 144 linked to diesel emissions, study finds
# EPA
# EPA

Pollution causes around 725 deaths in Dublin each year, with 144 linked to diesel emissions, study finds

Mar 1st 2021, 2:23 PM 15,638 Views 75 Comments

The EPA study based its findings on an analysis of the level of particulate matter (PM2.5) found in the capital.

# epa - Friday 29 January, 2021

Covid-19 drives biggest drop in Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions since global financial crisis
# CLIMATE CRISIS
# CLIMATE CRISIS

Covid-19 drives biggest drop in Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions since global financial crisis

Jan 29th 2021, 6:00 AM 12,388 Views 16 Comments

The country’s emissions fell by almost 6% last year.

# epa - Monday 28 December, 2020

Swimming was banned at bathing spots across Ireland for over 350 days this year
# Do Not Swim
# Do Not Swim

Swimming was banned at bathing spots across Ireland for over 350 days this year

Dec 28th 2020, 12:05 AM 21,780 Views 11 Comments

Noteworthy analysis of EPA data shows that “do not swim” notices are an all too common occurrence at beaches across the country.

# epa - Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Waste, greenhouse gases and traffic: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Ireland's environment
# EPA Report
# EPA Report

Waste, greenhouse gases and traffic: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Ireland's environment

Nov 25th 2020, 6:20 AM 21,384 Views 13 Comments

Information and statistics on this impact were included in the EPA’s new report on the state of Ireland’s environment.

Irish performance on climate change 'very poor', says major EPA report
# 2020 Environment
# 2020 Environment

Irish performance on climate change 'very poor', says major EPA report

Nov 25th 2020, 12:05 AM 19,098 Views 53 Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency today launched its State of the Environment report.

# epa - Friday 20 November, 2020

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5% in 2019 - the largest reduction since 2011
# EPA
# EPA

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5% in 2019 - the largest reduction since 2011

Nov 20th 2020, 6:00 AM 7,423 Views 6 Comments

But the figures also indicate that Ireland is highly unlikely to meet its overall EU targets by the end of this year.

# epa - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Raw sewage from 35 towns and villages flows into our environment every day
# EPA
# EPA

Raw sewage from 35 towns and villages flows into our environment every day

Nov 12th 2020, 6:15 AM 53,959 Views 45 Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency is sharply critical of Irish Water in its latest report.

# epa - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Bread is Ireland’s most wasted food with 41% of people admitting they throw it out
# Food Waste
# Food Waste

Bread is Ireland’s most wasted food with 41% of people admitting they throw it out

Sep 29th 2020, 7:10 PM 19,391 Views 38 Comments

We seemed to be less wasteful with food during lockdown.

# epa - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

EPA warns 'single-use and throwaway culture' leading to significant waste levels and decline in recycling
# Rubbish
# Rubbish

EPA warns 'single-use and throwaway culture' leading to significant waste levels and decline in recycling

Sep 16th 2020, 12:47 PM 17,498 Views 43 Comments

Recycling of packaging waste has declined from 70% in 2013 to 64% in 2018.

# epa - Wednesday 22 July, 2020

Over a quarter of waste water systems inspected last year 'posed risk to human health'
# EPA
# EPA

Over a quarter of waste water systems inspected last year 'posed risk to human health'

Jul 22nd 2020, 12:05 AM 14,510 Views 22 Comments

The EPA’s annual report shows that half of all septic tanks (1,160) failed inspection last year.

# epa - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

EPA says Ireland greenhouse gas emissions to fall by 3% per year until 2030 (once government targets are met)
# Gas Emission Targets
# Gas Emission Targets

EPA says Ireland greenhouse gas emissions to fall by 3% per year until 2030 (once government targets are met)

Jul 8th 2020, 7:33 AM 8,588 Views 44 Comments

This projection, however, entirely depends on the Climate Action Plan 2019 being implemented in full.

# epa - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Quality of Irish drinking water remains extremely high but one million people 'vulnerable' to systems failures
# EPA Report
# EPA Report

Quality of Irish drinking water remains extremely high but one million people 'vulnerable' to systems failures

Jul 7th 2020, 6:05 AM 12,239 Views 50 Comments

The EPA found 99.9% of samples complied with bacterial parameter limits.

# epa - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Here are the five bathing areas classified as 'poor' in Ireland
# Beaches
# Beaches

Here are the five bathing areas classified as 'poor' in Ireland

May 26th 2020, 7:28 AM 99,245 Views 20 Comments

95% of bathing waters met or exceeded the minimum required standard.

# epa - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

ESB failed to report 48 cases of underground cables leaking 'hazardous' oil
# Cable Leaks
# Cable Leaks

ESB failed to report 48 cases of underground cables leaking 'hazardous' oil

Feb 26th 2020, 1:09 PM 17,361 Views 19 Comments

Approximately 177km of fluid-filled cables remain in service in Ireland.

# epa - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

Here's how to reduce food waste this Christmas week
# Eat Up
# Eat Up

Here's how to reduce food waste this Christmas week

Dec 24th 2019, 4:00 PM 11,074 Views 10 Comments

Don’t bin those leftovers.

# epa - Sunday 15 December, 2019

Quiz: Can you name these Irish rivers from above?
# Splish Splash
# Splish Splash

Quiz: Can you name these Irish rivers from above?

Dec 15th 2019, 9:00 PM 48,139 Views 19 Comments

The past 30 years have seen a sharp decline in the quality of Ireland’s rivers, according to a new report.

# epa - Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Water quality in almost half of Ireland's lakes and rivers deemed unsatisfactory
# Troubled Waters
# Troubled Waters

Water quality in almost half of Ireland's lakes and rivers deemed unsatisfactory

Dec 10th 2019, 6:00 AM 8,927 Views 34 Comments

Coastal waters had the highest proportion of water bodies in good or high ecological status, according to an EPA report.

# epa - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Irish newspaper coverage of climate change low by European standards and 'predominantly political'
# Study
# Study

Irish newspaper coverage of climate change low by European standards and 'predominantly political'

Nov 28th 2019, 6:00 AM 7,707 Views 79 Comments

Research found that climate science was generally not contested in Irish reporting.

# epa - Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Thousands of kilos of potent greenhouse gas leaked from an ESB station. The EPA wasn't told
# Emissions
# Emissions

Thousands of kilos of potent greenhouse gas leaked from an ESB station. The EPA wasn't told

Nov 12th 2019, 6:10 AM 25,822 Views 28 Comments

SF6 is a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 23,000 times that of carbon dioxide.

# epa - Thursday 31 October, 2019

'Small black particles' at Irish Water plant led to boil water notice for 600,000 people last week
# Leixlip
# Leixlip

'Small black particles' at Irish Water plant led to boil water notice for 600,000 people last week

Oct 31st 2019, 7:42 AM 38,175 Views 44 Comments

The agency confirmed that a blockage was the main reason for last week’s notice.

# epa - Thursday 24 October, 2019

Boil water notice: Series of events at Leixlip plant in March led to 'significant risk to safety of supply'
# Boil Water Notice
# Boil Water Notice

Boil water notice: Series of events at Leixlip plant in March led to 'significant risk to safety of supply'

Oct 24th 2019, 12:35 PM 35,362 Views 46 Comments

The audit found Irish Water failed to take samples of treated water during the critical period following the incident.

# epa - Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Dublin boil water notice to remain in place for at least another day
# Boil Water Notice
# Boil Water Notice

Dublin boil water notice to remain in place for at least another day

Oct 23rd 2019, 6:37 PM 33,000 Views 21 Comments

The notice impacts approximately 600,000 people.

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