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  • Environmental Research

    The environment is a complex area with many interlinkages As old issues are dealt with new ones emerge Sound policy making must therefore be underpinned by good science so the role of environmental ...
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  • Rivers

    Over 1 150 rivers are monitored regularly in Ireland This monitoring looks at the chemical composition of the river water or else looks at the small animals that live on the river bed Some of these ...
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  • Strategic Environmental Assessment

    Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA is driven by EU legislation It is a process whereby environmental considerations can be factored into plans and programmes that are made by public authorities It ...
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  • Lakes

    There are over 12 000 lakes in Ireland some very small and some quite extensive Most are located on the western seaboard and in the midlands and are relatively shallow Generally water stays longer in ...
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  • Groundwater

    Some of the rain that falls on Ireland filters through the soil subsoil and rocks and becomes groundwater Much of that water moves slowly underground and remains there for long periods before emerging ...
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  • Water Quality

    Earth is a watery planet with over 70 of its surface covered by oceans Life started in the oceans and all life on earth depends on water for survival An adult person is approximately 65 water and ...
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  • Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice

    Truly sustainable development demands that the public participate in environmental decision making This need was recognised when world governments met at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and was later ...
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  • Estuarine and Coastal Waters

    Ireland is an island surrounded by seawater and has a coastline of approximately 7 500 km Its position in the Atlantic Ocean on the north western edge of Europe has provided us with cleaner estuarine ...
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  • Pollutant Levels in Fish

    Finfish and shellfish are regularly monitored for the presence of heavy metals chlorinated compounds dioxins and other dangerous chemicals that persist in the environment Results indicate that levels ...
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  • Causes of Pollution

    River pollution in Ireland is caused by discharges from municipal sewage treatment plants runoff from urban streets septic tanks landfills and from agriculture Forestry and industry also contribute to ...
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