Ireland bans fracking!

Fracking ban

The taste of sweet success! Wednesday morning was a historic occasion- with all-party support, the Bill to ban Fracking in Ireland was passed without opposition. The voice of the people and especially of the communities of the Northwest was heard loud and clear.
“A great day and a great achievement by all concerned. This campaign shows people power in the best possible way” (Aedín McLoughlin)

Minister of State Seán Kyne announces launch of €5.2m community climate action project.

CHERISH (Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands) is an exciting new European funded cross-border project with Geological Survey Ireland as the Irish partner.   



Using the latest geoscience technology and expertise, CHERISH partners will perform collaborative research in marine mapping, landscape modelling, excavation and environmental studies. They will work with coastal communities in Ireland and Wales to develop mutual understanding of climate risk to local heritage assets and reduce the impact of climate change on local economies.


This project has an important social and economic mission, as well as a scientific one. The initiative encourages knowledge sharing between scientists and local communities to protect coastal tourism and heritage sites from climate change,” said Sean Kyne, Minister of State for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. “It is my aim that this project will serve as a stimulus for climate awareness, wellbeing and prosperity in the local communities it serves, as well as throughout coastal Ireland.”


The Irish component of the project will focus on five coastal communities around Ireland: Glascarrig Motte, Co. Wexford; Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry; Saltee Islands, Co. Wexford; Skerries Islands, Co. Dublin and Dalkey Island, Co. Dublin.

Minister Kyne officially launched the CHERISH project on 23rd March 2017.


The problem with Biomass – it can emit more carbon per unit of energy than most fossil fuels!


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Is wood a carbon-neutral energy source?

In February 2017, Chatham House published Woody Biomass for Power and Heat: Impacts on the Global Climate, by Duncan Brack.  The report argues that policies promoting wood for renewable energy production are based on the flawed assumption that wood is a carbon-neutral energy source.  In fact, as reported, emissions from wood burning may be higher than the fossil fuels replaced.

Biomass in general emits more carbon per unit of energy than most fossil fuels. EU policies do not account for the emissions from bioenergy in the energy sector, because it is assumed that these emissions are accounted for at the point of harvest in the land use sector. However, whether these emissions can be recuperated by future growth of biomass is not only uncertain, but often unlikely.  The report finds that part of the emissions may never be accounted for, such as when EU countries use biomass imported from the United States.

Policies must distinguish between different types of feedstock

The report, in line with earlier recommendations by environmental groups, proposes that policies clearly distinguish between different types of feedstock and provide support only to those which reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the short term, taking into account changes in forest carbon stocks. With regard to wood harvesting, only residues that would otherwise have been burnt as waste or would have been left in the forest and decayed rapidly can be considered to be carbon-neutral over the short to medium term.

In principle, sustainability criteria can ensure that only biomass with the lowest impact on the climate are used; the current criteria in use in some EU member states and under development in the EU do not achieve this.



Soil is Food,

We exhaust it

“Soil is Nature,

We kill it

Soil is Health,

We contaminate it

Soil is Future,

We ruin it

Let’s give a right to Soil!”

Ireland’s soils need your help.

Please, sign the petition.

We rely on soils to provide healthy food, clean water, support wildlife, store carbon, prevent flooding and maintain livelihoods in the country.

But land use changes, intensification of agriculture, overgrazing, pollution, afforestation, industry and urbanisation, are killing them.

Soils are not a renewable resource, when we lose them they are gone. We need to protect them. Please, sign the petition:




Aedín McLoughlin hands Submission to Hildegarde Naughten TD, chairperson of Oireachtas committee

GEAI submission to Oireachtas Committee.

GEAI has made a major submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Climate Action and Communications on the EPA-commissioned Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE) Joint Research Programme.  This Study had as its major research question: “Can UGEE be carried out while protecting the environment and human health?”

Conclusions do not reflect findings

We have discovered that the overall summary report did not reflect the findings of the five research reports, which more correctly should have highlighted that:

  • UGEE (fracking) operations globally have major impacts on the environment and on human health, but as human health was not included in the Terms of Reference for the study, the impact of fracking on human health was not included in the study.
  • There are several unknowns around the process of fracking globally and it is not possible to guarantee that hydraulic fracturing can be carried out without contamination of groundwater and air.
  • The hydrogeological profile of the Northwest Carboniferous Basin (mainly Leitrim and Fermanagh) is heavily faulted with deep-seated aquifers and shallow shales, which makes it unsuitable for fracking.

Summary Submission

Full Submission


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