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offsite link Will the West?s greed and hatred lead to the end of the world? Fri Aug 12, 2022 17:04 | The Saker
By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog It can certainly be said that the risk for nuclear war is far greater today than it was less a year ago. Ever

offsite link Short week-end news and music Fri Aug 12, 2022 16:44 | The Saker
First, I am delighted to announce that the Latam Saker (Latin America – in Spanish and Portuguese) is back up and running.  However, please write down and bookmark its new

offsite link Samarkand at the crossroads: from Timur to the BRI and SCO Fri Aug 12, 2022 02:44 | The Saker
From its ancient Silk Road role to China?s BRI project, Uzbekistan is set to remain an important geoeconomic hub in Central Asia by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author?s permission

offsite link Qi, the Force ? The Universe Does Not Follow a Hollywood Script Fri Aug 12, 2022 02:42 | The Saker
by Nora Hoppe for the Saker blog Various notes and reflections by Nora Hoppe Judging by the many reactions of various journalists, analysts and lay persons around the world (chiefly

offsite link Sensor Fusion and Uncertainties Thu Aug 11, 2022 22:02 | The Saker
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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Formal complaint against Robert Watt Anthony

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offsite link Irish Examiner and fake news Anthony

offsite link Labour Party: The unvarnished truth Anthony

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link UN human rights chief calls for priority action ahead of climate summit Sat Oct 30, 2021 17:18 | Human Rights

offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

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Lockdown Skeptics

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offsite link News Round-Up Sat Aug 13, 2022 00:16 | Jonathan Barr
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
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offsite link Salman Rushdie Stabbed in New York Fri Aug 12, 2022 17:21 | Toby Young
The writer Salman Rushdie was stabbed earlier today while speaking on stage at an event in Buffalo, New York. He was air-lifted to hospital where his condition is unknown.
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offsite link If the Hallett Inquiry Says There Was No Alternative to Lockdown in Light of Neil Ferguson?s Apocaly... Fri Aug 12, 2022 16:30 | Nick Rendell
We were told there was no alternative to lockdown after Neil Ferguson warned of 200,000 deaths. But official UK inquiries into previous pandemics described modellers as 'court astrologers' and advised scepticism.
The post If the Hallett Inquiry Says There Was No Alternative to Lockdown in Light of Neil Ferguson?s Apocalyptic Modelling, We’ll Know it’s a Whitewash appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Karol Sikora: ?I Was Called a Killer For Warning of Lockdown Harms? Fri Aug 12, 2022 14:53 | Toby Young
Karol Sikora was accused of endangering people's lives by warning against turning the NHS into a Covid-only service during the lockdowns. Now, predictably, over 300,000 people are on NHS England's cancer waiting list.
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offsite link Ivan Katchanovski Responds to Ian Rons Fri Aug 12, 2022 11:09 | Noah Carl
Ukrainian-Canadian academic Ivan Katchanovski argues that the Maidan massacre was a false flag operation carried out by the Ukrainian far-right. Here he responds to a recent article criticising his work.
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national / environment / press release Friday August 12, 2022 00:14 by foie

Clare County Council Decision to Approve 66 Diesel Generators for Data Centre 'Threatens Ennis Residents Health'

Ennis Data Centre and Gas Plant ‘totally unsustainable’

‘The plans to build one of the largest data centres in the country here in Ennis brings with it an additional threat to the health of people here as the plans include a gas burning plant that will only make the air quality here worse than it already is, leading to asthma and other respiratory problems.’

Despite the concerns of local residents, multiple environmental groups, as well as Eirgrid , Clare county council has made the abhorrent decision to give planning permission to an unknown company (Art Data Centres Ltd.) to construct a data centre on the Tulla Rd, Ennis which will consume as much electricity as 200,000 homes and emit 657,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

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national / environment / press release Monday June 06, 2022 23:25 by foie
Video urges Bord na Mona to ‘do better’ on bog restoration
€108m Bord na Mona rehabilitation questioned in East Galway bog video

A video of a bog restored last year by Bord na Móna in East Galway published by the environmental defenders Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] urges Bord na Móna to ‘Do Better’ in its bog restoration program. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday February 10, 2022 23:10 by foie
Legal first: European Court of Justice must decide if ministers broke law with unsustainable fishing limits

In a legal first in the history of fisheries, the Court of Justice of the European Union has been called on to decide if EU ministers have illegally set unsustainable fishing limits. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday February 01, 2022 22:11 by foie
INVITE TO VIRTUAL EU WIDE PESTICIDES PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW MORNING AT 9 AM

IRELAND’S OPPOSITION TO DIRECT TRANSMISSION OF FARMERS PESTICIDES RECORDS TO BE CHALLENGED.

Friends of the Irish Environment, Pesticides Action Network [PAN] Europe members, GLOBAL 2000 and ClientEarth, invite you to a press conference to present our new findings on the Regulation on Statistics on Agricultural Input and Output [SAIO] on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 9.00 AM Irish time.
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cork / environment / press release Tuesday January 25, 2022 22:38 by foie
JUDICIAL REVIEW CLAIMS ALTERNATIVE PLAN TO €10M DURSEY ISLAND CABLE CAR NEVER ASSESSED

An Bord Pleanála’s decision to approve a €10m visitors centre and cable car for Dursey Island in west Cork may face a Judicial Review after Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] were given permission today by High Court Justice Niamh Hyland to bring an application on 31 January, 2022. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday December 07, 2021 22:42 by foie
Irish High Court hears EU overfishing challenge

Court hears failure to end overfishing breaches Common Fisheries Policy

European fishing quotas are being challenged before the Irish High Court this week after Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) lodged a Judicial Review in June 2020.

According to the conservation charity, ‘setting unsustainable fishing quotas goes against the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, which contained a legal obligation to end overfishing by 2020. Yet the national regulations implement EU quotas which are consistently above the scientific recommendations.’

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international / environment / press release Wednesday November 17, 2021 16:15 by Comms Manager, olivia@jubileeusa.org
Two hundred countries finalized an agreement during COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland to limit global warming. In 2009, developed countries promised $100 billion of annual climate funding to developing countries by 2020. According to the OECD, funding estimates will not be met before 2023. The agreement expresses regret about the missed finance target and calls for increasing support for developing countries. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / press release Monday November 15, 2021 00:37 by NYSCOF
Ingested fluoride, neither a nutrient nor essential, is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and is harmful to health. Yet, it is added to drinking water. But modern science proves fluoride gets into the brain, where it was never inteneded, which is lilnked to kids lower IQ read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Friday November 12, 2021 21:56 by foie

Objection claims prospecting company failed to liaise with Leitrim farmers and landowners

An objection to the granting of prospecting licenses to Flintridge Resources Ltd in County Leitrim includes 12 letters from potentially affected farmers and landowners claiming that there ‘has been no liaison’, let alone the ‘full consideration and close liaison with relevant landowners and regulatory authorities’ required by the Department’s Guidance for Good Environmental Practice in Mineral Exploration.

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national / environment / press release Friday November 12, 2021 21:53 by foie
SALMON FARM’S 80,000 MORTALITIES ‘PARTLY CAUSE BY FARMS THEMSELVES’

FISH FARM CLAIM THAT ALGAE BLOOMS ARE ‘NATURAL’ CONTESTED AS 80,000 SALMON DIE

Mass mortalities reported by Mowi (formerly Marine Harvest) because of algae blooms at two of their salmon farms in Bantry Bay are ‘partly caused the farms themselves’, according to local group Save Bantry Bay.

Algal blooms are becoming an increasing problem worldwide, with salmon farms in Chile reporting losses recently of 6,000 tons of fish. The recent death of 80,000 mature salmon at two of Mowi’s sites in Bantry Bay is said by the company to be as a result of a toxic algal bloom in late October. The true extent of the losses has not been fully established yet. The deaths have occurred only a few kilometres from the controversial proposed new mega-salmon farm site at Shot Head. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday September 13, 2021 22:52 by foie
Less than half the number of signatures required from Ireland [1] to join in a European Citizens' Initiative on controlling pesticides have been gathered with less than one month left to meet the quota.

The Initiative seeks the goal of a 50% reduction phasing out the use pesticides by 2030. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday August 23, 2021 23:28 by foie
Handbook on Marine Protection Areas published as audiobook
Listen to Marine Protection Areas ‘while doing the dishes’

An extensive Report on the status of Marine Protection Areas [MPAs] in Ireland has been made available on line both as a pdf and an audiobook from the library of the website of Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE]. A new 'MPA' tab on the organisation's Home Page gives direct access to the publication, which is being made available for no charge. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday July 01, 2021 12:37 by foie
Opponents to Bantry Bay Fish Farm ‘Gutted’

A spokesman for the conservation charity Friends of the Irish Environment, which is based on the Beara peninsula where a proposed 18 cage salmon farm is to be located, said this morning they were ‘gutted’ by the decision. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Friday May 21, 2021 23:02 by foie
Call on GAA to quantify pesticides use for International Bee Day
Mayo GAA pitch cited to County Council as breaching pesticides guidelines on International Bee Day

The environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] have written to Liam McCarthy, the GAA President, citing the use of pesticides at a Mayo GAA pitch and asking him to quantify the use of pesticides on GAA grounds and to ensure users have been trained to the standard required by the legislation. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday May 12, 2021 21:14 by foie
Ireland's position on bee mortality permitted by pesticides questioned.

Failure to give Ireland’s EU position on pesticides a ‘democratic deficit’.

Six environmental groups have written an ‘Open Letter’ to four Ministers seeking Ireland’s position on the limits of mortalities permitted through the use of pesticides.

The groups are seeking Ireland's position on pesticides in last March’s meeting of the EU’s Standing Committee on Plant, Animal, Food and Feed and what position the State plans to take at the forthcoming meeting in June.

According to the letter to Ministers Ryan, Hackett, Heydon, and McConalogue, a majority of the Member States now favour at least doubling the 5% permitted threshold of mortalities after pesticide treatments (which can be repeated through the growing season) with some member states proposing to allow as much as 25% of a colony to be destroyed under the revised ‘Bee Guidance Document’. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday April 28, 2021 21:35 by foie
High Court quashes last 8 of Bord na Mona’s ‘ghost’ planning applications
Lack of public consultation leads to quashing of 10 An Bord Pleanala consents

The High Court has quashed decisions of An Bord Pleanala to grant leave to apply for substitute consent, in respect of a number of peat extraction and quarry applications. The two-step, ‘substitute consent’ system, by which developers had to make ‘threshold’ applications to regularise previous unauthorised activities before applying for planning permission, was found not to comply with the EIA Directive by the Supreme Court in July 2020 in cases brought by An Taisce, the National Trust, and Peter Sweetman in relation to a quarry in County Kildare. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / opinion/analysis Friday April 23, 2021 22:43 by Gary Jordan
The climate change movement remain tight-lipped when it suits them. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday February 24, 2021 11:20 by foie
Call on public to support EU ‘Citizens Initiative’ on pesticides facing ‘strong political headwinds’
5878 more signatures required on pesticides Initiative for Ireland to reach its threshold

Ireland remains almost 6,000 signatures short of the required number to reach its threshold in an EU Citizens Initiative calling for greater control of pesticides.

The Initiative comes as the goal of a 50% reduction phasing out the use pesticides by 2030 is ‘facing strong political headwinds’, according to the environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Saturday January 16, 2021 17:26 by foie
PRESS RELEASE - Friends of the Irish Environment - 15 January 2021

For Immediate Release

Formal end to the Bord na Mona’s peat harvesting ‘major milestone’
Warning of ‘cowboy contractors’ still ignoring peat planning regulations

The decision by Bord na Mona to end all peat harvesting marked a ‘major milestone’ in Ireland’s progress towards controlling greenhouse gases and biodiversity loss, Friends of the Irish Environment said in a statement today. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday January 07, 2021 21:21 by foie
Call for change in Coillte Principal Objects as illegal felling video released
Work stopped by residents due to recommence

An environmental charity has called on the Government to change Coillte Teo’ Principle Objects to add ‘social’ and ‘environmental’ to its sole current sole ‘commercial’ remit.

Friends of the Irish Environment released a video on social media over the New Years’ weekend showing residents stopping clearfelling of a Special Area of Conservation by Coillte Teo which was viewed more than 4,000 time over the weekend. The video, taken at Kilsheelan Woods in the Lower River Suir Area of Special Conservation, shows an extensive woodland area between the N22 road and the River Suir undergoing clearfelling. read full story / add a comment
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