Agriculture

About 64% of Ireland’s land area is used for agriculture, so it’s impossible to overstate the significance of the sector in environmental terms.

24th October 2014

An Taisce is deeply concerned the that many aspects of the proposed programme fall short of the overarching objectives to achieve a sustainable and environmentally friendly forestry sector. Indeed many aspects of the programme are just a continuation of Ireland’s current unsustainable forestry model whose practices over the preceding decades have negatively impacted on biodiversity, landscape and water quality. Commercial forestry plantations have a number of negative impacts on the environment.

11th October 2014

The October 2014 Green Communities event took the form of an open day and tour of the Irish Seed Savers Association in Scarriff, County Clare. Approximately 30 people joined in the tour of whom 20 were West Limerick Tidy Towns Network Volunteers. There were also a number of Green Communities volunteers who made the journey down from Dublin. The day was fantastically warm and sunny for mid October ... a last pulse of summer which ensured this was one of the more special events we held in 2014.

9th October 2014

The 2014 and final Environmental Focus Group was held this Saturday the 4th of October in the Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Attendance was very good on a sunny but chilly October day that saw the true start of autumn after the heavy day of rain on Friday brought a late summer and September drought to a close.

1st October 2014

Ireland’s bottom-of-the-class global environmental rating has been revealed in an international report published today.

The Living Planet Report published by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) finds that Ireland has the 14th highest ecological footprint in global resource consumption impact on a per capita basis, just behind Tony Abbott’s coal-burning Australia.
http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/all_publications/living_planet_report/

26th September 2014

Green Communities Seed Collection Workshop: 13th September 2014.

26th September 2014

Green Communities Honeybee, and Candle Making Workshop: 02/08/14.

12th August 2014

An Taisce appreciates landscape is a complex phenomenon and agreeing on landscape values has become a contentious topic for the government, local authorities, stakeholders and public alike. There should now have been sufficient time for the government and others to reflect on the ‘Celtic Tiger’ era, including the changes it brought to the landscape and focus on how the country will face-up to protecting, managing and planning its landscape in the future.

5th August 2014

Instead of investing in energy use conservation, efficiency and renewable alternatives, the global trend in energy has been to increase the extraction rate of large scale open cast coal mining and extend oil and gas exploration into new areas and introduce problematic new technologies. Energy companies are in an exploration race to secure a level of fossil fuel extraction which is incompatible with the level of decarbonisation required to stabilise global climate at 2ºC average surface temperature above pre-industrial levels.

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