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Earth Overshoots biocapacity

Issued in news on September 23, 2008 at 13:05:00.

The Daily Green

On Sept. 23 -- two weeks earlier than last year -- the world will have consumed all the natural resources the Earth will provide for this 12-month calendar year. We're building up "ecological debt" from there on out.

That's according to the calculations of the Global Footprint Network, which measures "how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what." (How much we use: 1.4 planet's worth, though by all accounts we only have one at our disposal.)

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Government shift away from incineration is welcome

Issued in news on October 11, 2007 at 18:30:00.

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the Minister of the Environment's statement that "incineration is no longer the cornerstone of Irish waste management policy". The environmental pressure group has long championed Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) which the Minister now says will become a key element of waste management. Friends of the Earth Director Oisin Coghlan described the decision to prevent local authorities guaranteeing a certain level of waste to incinerator operators as "a step in the right direction". The Minister's proposal to extend the landfill tax to cover incinerators as well should now be progressed to ensure a level-playing field when it comes to disposing of residual waste.

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New Eco-Eye TV series starts on RTE1

Issued in news on January 03, 2007 at 13:01:00.

Duncan Stewart's popular environmental series Ecoeye is back on RTE 1 from January 3rd every Wednesday at 7.30pm for its fifth series. This year's 11-part Ecoeye series has two programme specials tackling two of Ireland's biggest environmental challenges, climate change and transport. Both feature interviews with Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan.

Climate change is one of the most pressing problems facing the world today. Ecoeye will talk to Ireland and the world's leading experts about the problems and solutions facing Ireland in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Minister’s plan on plastic bag tax would be a missed opportunity

Issued in news on June 21, 2006 at 14:28:00.

Friends of the Earth today called Minister of the Environment's announcement of a planned 4c increase in the plastic bag tax a "missed opportunity".

Commenting, Friends of the Earth director, Oisín Coghlan said:
"We welcome Minister Roche's acceptance that a rise in the plastic bag tax is needed to ensure it continues to keep bag use down. But small gradual increases are not the way to do it. We need to restore the original shock value that made people think twice about using plastic bags. The best way to do that is to double the tax to 30c."

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Time to Double the Plastic Bag Tax

Issued in news on March 02, 2006 at 11:13:00.

Time to Double the Plastic Bag Tax

Effect is wearing thin on fourth anniversary

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Friends of the Earth Condemns EPA Decision on Incinerators

Issued in news on November 25, 2005 at 11:11:00.

Friends of the Earth Condemns EPA Decision on Incinerators

PDs must now uphold their election promise

Friends of the Earth has condemned the decision by the EPA to grant licences for incinerators in Duleek and Ringaskiddy.

Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth, said:

"This decision is a backward step for resource management in Ireland. Incinerators are a recipe for waste generation rather than waste reduction. Once built they are monsters that have to be fed. Local authorities get locked into long-term contracts to provide a minimum amount of waste or face penalties. Deciding to build incinerators before most people even have adequate and convenient recycling opportunities for many materials is simply absurd."

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