Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2023 lowest in three decades

Emissions data released by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 6.8% in 2023 with reductions in almost every sector. This decrease is the largest greenhouse gas reduction in a single year in agricultural emissions, energy emissions and the lowest residential emissions levels since 1990. In 2023 the overall emissions […]

EPA Release Public Drinking Water Quality Report 2023

The Drinking Water Quality in Public Supplies Report 2023 has been released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This report has revealed that the quality of public drinking water supplies in this country remains very high. The report says that over 99.7% of samples taken from public drinking water were compliant with bacterial and chemical […]

Ireland should move towards achieving the health-based WHO air quality guidelines

Air quality in Ireland is generally good, however, there are concerning localised issues that are impacting negatively on the air we breathe. Ireland met all of its EU legal requirements in 2021, but it did not meet the new health-based WHO guidelines in 2021. Ireland and Europe should move towards achieving the health-based WHO air […]

European Radon Day: The Environmental Protection Agency encourages everyone to test their homes for radon

Radon is invisible, colourless and odourless – and is linked to around 300 cases of lung cancer in Ireland every year Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking The levels of Radon gas in Irish homes are twice the European average It is estimated that about half a million people in […]

The Fulbright Award 2019-2020 Are Now Open

The Fulbright Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency are offering a unique opportunity for an Irish postgraduate student or scholar in the field to travel to the U.S. to study or research in the areas of water, climate, and sustainability. The application deadline is 16:00 on the 6th November 2018. To learn more about the […]

We need to move away from fossil fuels, EPA emissions projections show

Greenhouse gas emissions are projected to increase from most sectors, given strong economic growth and an expansion of the agriculture sector. These figures show that, at best, Ireland will only achieve a 1% reduction by 2020 compared to a target of 20%. Fossil fuels such as coal and peat are expected to continue to be […]

Nearly Three Quarters Of Ireland’s Bathing Waters Are Excellent

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, Bathing Water Quality in Ireland 2017, has found that the overall quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains good with 132 of 142 identified waters meeting strict EU standards.  These standards provide a high level of protection for bathers. Nearly three quarters of bathing waters were classed as ‘excellent’ with 102 […]

Seeking Six ‘Stretchy Thinkers’ To Help Create The 2018 Science Apprentice Books

 A nationwide search has been launched for six curious and inventive children to join a Wonder Panel which will help create a new generation of science books. UCD Research and Innovation is looking for ‘stretchy thinkers’, children full of wonder who enjoy figuring things out, to take part in a unique gathering that will help […]

EPA launches “National Waste Statistics” web resource

The EPA has launched a new National Waste Statistics web resource, providing: One online location for national waste statistics for Ireland; Accessible content, so that users can perform their own analysis; Easy to use interactive graphs and charts. 31 January 2018: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the NationalWaste Statistics web resource and has also published […]

Ireland’s Changing Climate Is Projected To Result In Wide Ranging Economic And Societal Impacts – EPA

“Observations of the atmosphere, oceans and land show that Ireland’s climate is changing. The observed scale and rate of change is similar to global trends. These changes are projected to continue and increase over the coming decades,” said Dr Margaret Desmond, lead author of one of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research reports being launched […]

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