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#Pollution

# pollution - Last week 20th November 2022 - 26th November 2022

Air pollution killed 238,000 Europeans prematurely in 2020, EU watchdog says
# Pollution
# Pollution

Air pollution killed 238,000 Europeans prematurely in 2020, EU watchdog says

Nov 24th 2022, 7:02 AM 5,535 Views 13 Comments

That was slightly more than those recorded in 2019 in the EU.

# pollution - This month November 2022

Local councils hiring inspectors to target farms over pollution concerns
# Beefed Up
# Beefed Up

Local councils hiring inspectors to target farms over pollution concerns

Nov 6th 2022, 7:00 AM 18,939 Views 25 Comments

It follows concerns over the impact agriculture has been having on water quality in a number of regions.

# pollution - This year 2022

Concerns over data submitted by Wexford power plant to EPA
# Investigation
# Investigation

Concerns over data submitted by Wexford power plant to EPA

Aug 15th 2022, 9:01 PM 25,967 Views 6 Comments

Independent report alleges a ‘major issue’ with water quality monitoring near SSE’s Great Island Power Station.

Noxious gases from erupting Icelandic volcano threaten nearby village
# Sulphur Dioxide
# Sulphur Dioxide

Noxious gases from erupting Icelandic volcano threaten nearby village

Aug 5th 2022, 4:28 PM 8,753 Views 2 Comments

The pollution could reach the capital Reykjavik, 40 kilometres from the volcano, by tomorrow.

Oil spill pollutes nature reserve in Ecuador's Amazon
# Ecuador
# Ecuador

Oil spill pollutes nature reserve in Ecuador's Amazon

Jan 31st 2022, 9:29 PM 12,506 Views 7 Comments

Neither the government nor OCP Ecuador have quantified the extent of the spill.

Elephants dying from eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump, conservationists warn
# Sri Lanka
# Sri Lanka

Elephants dying from eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump, conservationists warn

Jan 14th 2022, 1:56 PM 16,150 Views 21 Comments

Around 20 elephants have died over the last eight years after consuming plastic trash in the dump.

# pollution - Last year 2021

Climate activists deflate tyres of ‘luxury’ cars in Glasgow protest
# Cop26
# Cop26

Climate activists deflate tyres of ‘luxury’ cars in Glasgow protest

Nov 12th 2021, 10:30 AM 20,007 Views 52 Comments

Around 60 cars in the west end of Glasgow were targeted.

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 17,132 Views 25 Comments

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

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 12,875 Views 13 Comments

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

Brown Thomas and Arnotts remove 470 cosmetic glitter products from sale
# Microplastics
# Microplastics

Brown Thomas and Arnotts remove 470 cosmetic glitter products from sale

Apr 21st 2021, 6:38 PM 64,946 Views 11 Comments

The group said the move is part of its drive to reduce plastic pollution and manage its environmental footprint.

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 15,800 Views 75 Comments

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

Plume of Sahara dust causes spike in European air pollution
# Pollution
# Pollution

Plume of Sahara dust causes spike in European air pollution

Feb 9th 2021, 11:37 AM 13,708 Views 8 Comments

The cloud of fine sand blown northward from Algeria tinted skies red and mixed with snowfall in the Alps and Pyrenees, leaving slopes looking orange.

# pollution - All time

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 21,860 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.

Major leisure and biodiversity centre in Booterstown refused planning permission over pollution concerns
# Dublin Bay
# Dublin Bay

Major leisure and biodiversity centre in Booterstown refused planning permission over pollution concerns

Nov 24th 2020, 10:33 AM 18,394 Views 9 Comments

The site is located opposite the former Tara Towers Hotel on the Merrion Road.

Study finds link between air pollution and neurological disorders
# Research
# Research

Study finds link between air pollution and neurological disorders

Oct 20th 2020, 8:24 AM 17,090 Views 23 Comments

The study is the first nationwide analysis of the link between fine particulate pollution and neurodegenerative diseases in the US.

Plastic in the Atlantic Ocean is far beyond levels previously estimated
# Pollution
# Pollution

Plastic in the Atlantic Ocean is far beyond levels previously estimated

Aug 18th 2020, 10:51 PM 30,236 Views 40 Comments

Researchers believe plastic levels in the Atlantic are ten times higher than previous estimates suggest.

Link between strokes and air pollution rise in winter, RCSI research finds
# Pollution
# Pollution

Link between strokes and air pollution rise in winter, RCSI research finds

Aug 11th 2020, 12:07 PM 9,925 Views 10 Comments

Higher levels of nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide showed a 3.5% higher risk of stroke.

Opinion: After the Covid-19 masks are gone, will we breathe cleaner air?
# Air Pollution
# Air Pollution

Opinion: After the Covid-19 masks are gone, will we breathe cleaner air?

Jul 27th 2020, 7:00 AM 15,594 Views 5 Comments

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.

​​Smoky coal ban extended to all towns with populations of over 10,000 people
# Pollution
# Pollution

​​Smoky coal ban extended to all towns with populations of over 10,000 people

Jul 27th 2020, 6:30 AM 24,550 Views 42 Comments

The new ban kicks in on 1 September.

Over 30% of all plastic exported from Europe may not be recycled, according to Irish study
# Plastic Pollution
# Plastic Pollution

Over 30% of all plastic exported from Europe may not be recycled, according to Irish study

Jul 1st 2020, 9:31 AM 10,303 Views 38 Comments

The work was carried out by researchers from NUIG and University of Limerick.

Wet wipes: 50% of brands labelled 'flushable' actually contain microplastics (and shouldn't be flushed)
# Pollution
# Pollution

Wet wipes: 50% of brands labelled 'flushable' actually contain microplastics (and shouldn't be flushed)

Jun 23rd 2020, 6:20 AM 12,471 Views 21 Comments

The researched looked at how sanitary products are polluting Irish oceans.

Fall in air pollution from traffic since Covid-19 restrictions
# Clearing The Air
# Clearing The Air

Fall in air pollution from traffic since Covid-19 restrictions

May 27th 2020, 12:11 PM 9,912 Views 34 Comments

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nitrogen dioxide levels have dropped in tandem with the sharp fall in car use over the past months.

Dramatic fall in Ireland's transport pollution as we undertake 'natural experiment'
# Clearing The Air
# Clearing The Air

Dramatic fall in Ireland's transport pollution as we undertake 'natural experiment'

May 19th 2020, 3:36 PM 16,150 Views 19 Comments

Since Covid-19 restrictions came into force the use of planes, trains and vehicles have all dramatically fallen.

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 9,003 Views 35 Comments

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

Levels of dangerous air pollutant NO2 possibly exceeding limits on M50 and on Dublin streets
# Pollution
# Pollution

Levels of dangerous air pollutant NO2 possibly exceeding limits on M50 and on Dublin streets

Jul 9th 2019, 6:00 AM 16,450 Views 51 Comments

A new report from the Environment Protection Agency looks at indicators of the levels of NO2 in the air in Dublin.

Ireland is 'buying' its way out of meeting its emission targets by spending €86.8m worth of carbon credits
# Climate Action
# Climate Action

Ireland is 'buying' its way out of meeting its emission targets by spending €86.8m worth of carbon credits

Jun 13th 2019, 5:01 PM 13,101 Views 43 Comments

TD Seán Fleming said it was ‘the biggest act of gross hypocrisy’ at play.

Law to ban microbeads in Ireland set to be published
# Pollution
# Pollution

Law to ban microbeads in Ireland set to be published

Jun 11th 2019, 8:18 PM 21,118 Views 21 Comments

Microbeads are mostly used in some soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs.

Internal documents show up to one million litres of oil leaked from ESB underground cables
# Rté Investigates
# Rté Investigates

Internal documents show up to one million litres of oil leaked from ESB underground cables

Jun 5th 2019, 12:07 PM 25,403 Views 29 Comments

An RTÉ Investigates programme will look into the pollution.

Traffic pollution causing 1,700 new cases of asthma in Ireland every year
# Breathing
# Breathing

Traffic pollution causing 1,700 new cases of asthma in Ireland every year

Apr 11th 2019, 6:00 AM 6,279 Views 31 Comments

It means 150 in every 100,000 children here are diagnosed with asthma as a result of traffic pollution.

New plan to use Irish fishing trawlers to remove plastic from oceans
# Clean Oceans
# Clean Oceans

New plan to use Irish fishing trawlers to remove plastic from oceans

Jan 11th 2019, 4:33 PM 19,110 Views 36 Comments

Planned on-shore and on-board facilities could help solve the problem.

The government is declaring war in 2019 (on single-use plastics)
# Microbeads
# Microbeads

The government is declaring war in 2019 (on single-use plastics)

Dec 31st 2018, 9:47 AM 27,324 Views 64 Comments

Unnecessary use of the plastics will be completely banned in the public sector.

Madrid takes drastic action to curb emissions by closing city centre to car traffic
# No Cars Go
# No Cars Go

Madrid takes drastic action to curb emissions by closing city centre to car traffic

Nov 30th 2018, 9:16 PM 12,454 Views 21 Comments

And from March, drivers who go in illegally will be fined €90.

Water quality in Irish rivers and lakes is more often getting worse, not better
# Downstream
# Downstream

Water quality in Irish rivers and lakes is more often getting worse, not better

Nov 30th 2018, 8:31 AM 10,003 Views 23 Comments

The results are from a new report by the EPA.

Litter survey finds majority of Irish rivers, beaches and harbours are polluted: here are the biggest blackspots
# What A Load Of Rubbish
# What A Load Of Rubbish

Litter survey finds majority of Irish rivers, beaches and harbours are polluted: here are the biggest blackspots

Aug 13th 2018, 9:34 AM 24,669 Views 45 Comments

Just four out of 50 areas inspected were found to be clean to European standards.

Scientists have accidentally created a mutant enzyme that eats plastic
# Surprise Discovery
# Surprise Discovery

Scientists have accidentally created a mutant enzyme that eats plastic

Apr 17th 2018, 7:53 AM 39,747 Views 46 Comments

It appears to feed exclusively on a type of plastic used widely in plastic bottles.

'A cesspool': Philippines to close its most popular tourist island for six months
# Boracay Island
# Boracay Island

'A cesspool': Philippines to close its most popular tourist island for six months

Apr 5th 2018, 7:30 AM 35,325 Views 31 Comments

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the shutdown to start on 26 April.

It begins - German court rules that cities can ban diesel cars to combat air pollution
# Not Suckin' Diesel
# Not Suckin' Diesel

It begins - German court rules that cities can ban diesel cars to combat air pollution

Feb 27th 2018, 10:56 PM 21,378 Views 42 Comments

The move paves the way for the phasing out of diesel vehicles in a country with a huge automotive industry.

India's capital is polluted with smog... but these Delhi offices have air as fresh as the Swiss Alps
# India
# India

India's capital is polluted with smog... but these Delhi offices have air as fresh as the Swiss Alps

Jan 14th 2018, 3:30 PM 21,147 Views 12 Comments

The Paharpur Business Centre has more than 7,000 plants pumping fresh air into its offices.

Pollution linked to nine million deaths around the world in 2015 (and close to 1,800 of those were in Ireland)
# The Lancet
# The Lancet

Pollution linked to nine million deaths around the world in 2015 (and close to 1,800 of those were in Ireland)

Oct 20th 2017, 6:25 AM 9,815 Views 17 Comments

A major study in The Lancet looked at the effect pollution has on countries around the world.

Diesel emissions may be responsible for 5,000 deaths in Europe every year
# Pollution
# Pollution

Diesel emissions may be responsible for 5,000 deaths in Europe every year

Sep 18th 2017, 10:49 AM 12,546 Views 50 Comments

Researchers say almost half of those deaths could be preventable.

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