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€2.2 Million Funding For Burren Project

The European Commission has approved funding for 202 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union’s environment fund. Among the projects approved is a Eur2.2 million project by Clare County Council for tourism on the Burren. Half the money

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Rapid Biodiversity Loss Continues in Absence of Political Action and Accurate Assessments of Ecosystem Values

Finding ways to value ecosystem health economically and to engage the world’s indigenous peoples in the process is key to saving biological diversity, a Worldwatch author suggests in the Institute’s most recent book. Such efforts are all the more urgent

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EPA Updates Biodiversity Action Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published its first biannual update of its Biodiversity Action Plan. This Biodiversity Action Plan sets out the EPA’s progress in the implementation of its role in protecting biodiversity and covers a range of activities

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Inaugural Kilrush Biodiversity Week

Clare County Council has announced details of the first ever Kilrush Biodiversity Week taking place from Monday, 23 April to Sunday, 29 April 2012. The inaugural programme of events will celebrate the many aspects of biodiversity in Kilrush and its

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Experts Gather to Plan for ‘Gold Rush’ to the Bottom of the Ocean

Researchers at NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute are at the centre of conservation efforts in relation to mining for precious minerals at the depths of our oceans. In this new ‘gold rush’, the ecological assessment of the effects of mining operations

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Climate Change Could Mean Big Changes For Europe’s Forests

Though they have survived fires, insect outbreaks and logging, the forests of Europe may now face their biggest challenge ever – climate change. Disrupted weather patterns could intensify droughts, fires, storms, pest infestations, species loss, and other natural calamities harmful

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European Soils Must Be Protected

Two new EU reports show just how serious soil degradation has become in Europe. The reports show that between 1990 and 2006 at least 680 acres (275ha) of soil per day were permanently lost through soil sealing – the covering

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New TV Series Highlights Scientist’s Efforts to Get Britain’s Bees Buzzing

A scientist at the University of Reading has called for immediate action to save pollinating insects crucial to British wildlife and the economy. Simon Potts (pictured), Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at the University’s School of Agriculture, Policy and

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Conference on Agricultural Biodiversity for Sustainable Food and Agriculture at NUI Galway – February 9th, 2012

The conservation and sustainable use of our agricultural biodiversity is critical to future sustainable development, both in Ireland and internationally. In response to this, on Thursday, 9 February, the NUI Galway Plant and AgriBiosciences Centre is hosting AgBioDiv2012. The free

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Wildlife Experts Celebrated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Dr Tina Aughney and Dr Roy Anderson have been recognised for their work on biodiversity resources by the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC). The two have been presented with the Centre’s 2011 Distinguished Recorder Award. With Dr Anderson documenting 320

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