Carbon tax will only work as part of a “Green New Deal” – NGO proposes 12-step programme to quit fossil fuels

Friends of the Earth has called on the Government not to increase the carbon tax as a stand-alone policy, but to include it in a comprehensive “Green New Deal” with Government taking the lead on cutting emissions and making less polluting choices affordable and accessible for people. The call comes as Minister Bruton holds a […]

Multi Award winning Irish Wild Life Documentary, The Silver Branch, at The Source Thurles

MULTI AWARD winning Irish Wild Life Documentary, The Silver Branch, which will be screening in the Source Arts Centre, Thurles Wed 23rd at 8pm   ‘The Silver Branch’ depicts the life and insights of the inimitable philosopher, poet, and fifth-generation farmer, Patrick McCormack, owner of ‘Fr Ted’s House’ in the beautiful, austere Burren. Through Patrick’s […]

Tipperary TidyTowns need your support in the Together for Biodiversity Awards

The Irish Wildlife Trust “Together for Biodiversity Awards” is now open for public voting https://iwt.ie/biodiversity-awards/vote-small-community-group/ . These awards are an opportunity to celebrate the work being carried out by individuals and communities across Ireland to protect our natural environment.      Tipperary TidyTowns entered this competition under the small community project (run on less than €3,000 budget). Six projects across […]

Irish households and businesses need to improve their waste separation

 “That doesn’t belong there!” is the key message from the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest report which examined what Irish households and businesses are putting in their bins. The study found that; The increased use of brown bins in the past ten years has resulted in a significant reduction in organic waste (food and garden waste) […]

Water quality in Irish rivers is going in the wrong direction, warns the EPA

The EPA has found that water quality in Irish waters has deteriorated between 2015 and 2017, despite some improvements: 197 river water bodies have improved in quality but 269 water bodies have deteriorated compared with the last full assessment in 2013-2015.  This means a net overall decline of 3% (72 water bodies). The long-term loss […]

Kenny Slams rural TD’s for short term electoral gain over Rural development and jobs

There was much speculation about a rise in carbon tax in the lead up to yesterday’s budget, so it has come as a surprise to many that the Government did not introduce it. Earlier this week, Tipperary Energy Agency Chief Executive Paul Kenny urged the Government not to waste the opportunity for a strong carbon […]

National Reuse Month begins today, as Householders & Businesses are Encouraged to Reuse more at Home, at Work and at Play

– Reuse businesses, charities and organisations sustained more than 800 jobs, 350 job scheme training positions & 7,600 voluntary positions in 2017.  – National Reuse Month takes place from October 1 to 31, 2018. It is estimated that Irish households reuse less than 5% of the amount of waste discarded every year, but some savvy […]

Limerick woman forced to remove solar panels from her roof

Planning regulations seriously out of touch with the new clean energy future A Limerick woman will appear in Limerick Criminal and Licensing Court this morning (7/09/18) to defend her decision to install solar panels of the roof of her home in Gouldahover Estate in County Limerick. Current planning guidelines limit the extent of solar arrays […]

Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2018

Do you have a project or initiative that could help to increase awareness of environmental issues locally, or that could help your community to become more sustainable? If so, you may qualify for financial assistance from the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund 2018. This Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit […]

Emissions of three important air pollutants increased in 2016 – Ireland’s emissions going in the wrong direction for people to benefit from cleaner air

EPA reports 2016 emission levels for the five main air pollutants. The figures show that emissions of three of the five air pollutants increased – ammonia, nitrogen oxides and non-methane volatile organic compounds. Emissions of ammonia have been increasing since 2011 and were above the specified EU emission limit in 2016 for the first time. […]

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