Soil

Soil erosion and degradation are serious problems that are causing declines in soil fertility and productivity worldwide. Improved land management techniques and agricultural practices are needed to protect the health of soils, improve agricultural yields and combat climate change.

10th November 2017

The substance of An Taisce’s submission is to climate proof the 4 over-riding goals, the 70 objectives, the 10 points of strategic infrastructure and 8 listed visions, pointing to the inconsistencies and the dangerous impact some of the policies will have on increasing rather than reducing greenhouse gas emissions, on damaging biodiversity and on being wasteful of scarce resources.

10th November 2017

Submissions are due today on the draft National Planning Framework – Ireland 2040 Our Plan [1]

An Taisce’s submission[2] acknowledges the proposals to consolidate development in our cities, towns and villages to avoid wasteful sprawl and promote walkable communities that encourage healthy life styles and civil society.

However, Ian Lumley, Advocacy Officer, An Taisce stated “It is essential that the NPF acknowledges a global environment of increasing climate impact and ecological destruction."

19th September 2017

On Saturday the 16th of September 2017 Bridgefoot Street Community Garden hosted an open day, and end of season Harvest. Craig Benton from Stop Food Waste was on hand to demonstrate how to compost effectively, from 10 am onward. Initially the attendees were volunteers with The Young Friends of the Earth Environmental Group.These were soon joined by Bridgefoot Street Community Gardeners, and also other gardeners from further afield. Specifically Brookfield Community Garden and Friarstown Allotments in South Dublin.

19th April 2017

In May 2016, the Commission launched the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), an analysis over a period of two years aimed at improving the implementation of existing EU environmental policy and legislation. As a first step, the Commission drafted reports on the 28 member states, in order to identify environmental challenges and opportunities. The aim in producing these reports has been to bring about communication over common environmental challenges within the EU and also the best ways to address major issues in implementation.

6th December 2015

An Taisce puts forward a nuanced view on the beef/forestry issue which takes in the multiple objectives of the natural environment including Climate Change, Biodiversity and Water.
This comes under ‘LULUCF’ (Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry) and any LULUCF position that does not address Soil Carbon has no credibility.

Different Soil Types contain varying amounts of ‘Soil Organic Carbon’ ranging from Bogland with high C to Arable. Switching from one land use to another on the scale envisaged will impact on the amount of Carbon sequestered or released. [Note 1]

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