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Action needed as greenhouse gas emissions increase

The EPA has produced provisional estimates of greenhouse gas emissions for the time period 1990-2016
Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 3.5 % (2.06 Mt CO2 eq) in 2016 with significant increases observed across all the main sectors including:

        Agriculture emissions increased by 2.7%
        Transport emissions have increased by 3.7%
        Energy Industry emissions increased by 6.1%
        The overall emissions trends are increasing, making achievement of Ireland’s long-term decarbonisation goals ever more difficult.
        Tackling this growth is a challenge in the context of a growing economy but one which must be addressed by households, business, farmers and communities if Ireland is to reap the benefits of a low-carbon economy.

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Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival named Festival of the Year

Pictured receiving the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award 2017 for Festival of the Year is Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Daniel Browne, Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council and Shane Smyth, Donegal Tourism Ltd.

Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival has been named Festival of the Year at this year’s Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.

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EPA-HSE Priority Setting in Environment and Health Research

It is well recognised that our health and wellbeing is inextricably linked to our surrounding environment and that a clean and well-protected environment is a key building block to a healthy Ireland. Understanding the associations between environmental opportunities and threats and human health and wellbeing is of paramount importance and fundamental to the development of good environmental and public health policy.

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Clean Air Forum feeds into Commission reflection about Clean Air policy

The First Clean Air Forum did not only see the launch of the European Clean Air Index, it also concluded with a clear message: solutions to improve air quality are within reach. But to tackle air pollution successfully, we need to work together across economic sectors – transport, energy, agriculture, and industry across decision-making levels – European, national, regional, and city level – across policy areas – environment, climate and energy, mobility, agriculture, and fiscal policy – and together with citizens. Cleaner air will not only improve the health of citizens, it also makes good economic sense.

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World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims:

The third Sunday in November each year is ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.’
Observation of this day provides an opportunity to draw the public’s attention to road traffic collisions, their consequences and costs, and the measures which can be taken to prevent them. The day also provides an opportunity to remind governments and society of their responsibility to make roads safer.

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