EU Commission closes sensitive areas to bottom fishing, including nearly 9,000 km2 in Irish...

Following advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the EU Commission has finally closed 87 sensitive marine areas in...

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In May earlier this year, within the walls of Dublin Castle, a very special meeting took place. Chaired by Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, 99...

18 Fold Increase In Marine Protected Areas Needed

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Silent killers of the biosphere revealed

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Carbon offsetting a cynical cop-out on climate action

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A walk on the wild side in the Beara peninsula

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Coming up short on fanciful sectoral emissions goals

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We can feel the heat, but are we getting the message?

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