Rio+20 – A Move Towards More Sustainable Transportation

Emissions from transportation are the fastest growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions, with emissions expected to increase 300 percent by 2050, according to research by the Worldwatch Institute. Today, emissions from transportation contribute to approximately 80 percent of the harmful air pollutants that result in 1.3 million premature deaths annually, according to Michael Replogle … Read more

Call For National Organisation To Support Sustainable Development of Towns & City Centres

The Heritage Council has called for the establishment of a national organisation to promote and support the sustainable development of our town and city centres. The Heritage Council has prepared a submission in response to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government’s recent Draft Retail Planning Guidelines, published on 22nd November 2011. Given … Read more

Towards a Global Green Economy – EC Presents Policy Orientations For Rio+20 Conference

The European Commission has adopted a Communication preparing the ground for the EU’s position at the Rio+20 UN Sustainable Development Conference, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. The Communication outlines objectives and specific actions on the two inter-linked themes of the Conference- enabling the transition to a green economy in … Read more

TCD Green Week 2011

Trinity College Dublin has unveiled its first campus wetland as part of its Annual Green Week, which was launched by Senator David Norris (see picture). Designed to maximise habitat diversity, the pond, situated in the College Biodiversity Centre behind Front Square, will be a useful research and teaching tool for students of the School of … Read more

Professor Frank Convery Steps Down as Chair of Comhar SDC

Professor Frank Convery will step down as chairperson of Comhar Sustainable Development Council (SDC) on 31st December 2010. Comhar Sustainable Development Council was established in 1999 as the forum for national consultation and dialogue on all issues relating to sustainable development. The Council has 25 members drawn from five pillars: the State sector, the economic … Read more

5 Gigatonnes – The Gap Between Climate Science and Current Climate Cuts

Nations have the chance to deliver almost 60% of the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperatures under a 2 degrees Celsius rise. But only if the pledges made last year in Copenhagen are fully met. These are among the findings of a new report compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and jointly authored … Read more

Sustainable Development Model Predicts Potential Environmental Impact of Future Economic Activity

New research, published by the EPA, shows how economic forecasts can be used to project waste generation and emissions of pollutants across Ireland. The ISus (Irish Sustainable Development) Model is based on the work of a three year study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), funded under the EPA STRIVE research programme. The … Read more