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An Introduction to Ireland's Environment.

Duration: 7:20

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Measuring our carbon footprint.

Duration: 9:10

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Climate change and Ireland – an introduction

Duration: 7:17

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Global effects of climate change

Duration: 9:25

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Local effects of climate change - Protecting Dublin from flood risks

Duration: 9:13

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Greener commuting to school and work

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Protecting our Blue Flag beaches

Duration: 6:45

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Protecting our drinking water

Duration: 8:07

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Recycling – waste as a resource

Duration: 6:34

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Recycling our organic waste

Duration: 10:18

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Green family holidays

Duration: 8:01

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Wind energy – powering the future

Duration: 6:03

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Protecting the Burren

Duration: 6:57

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Biodiversity in our bogs

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Biodiversity in our seas

Duration: 9:54

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Biodiversity in our forests

Duration: 7:15

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Biodiversity in our wetlands

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Taking the Green Schools message home

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An Introduction to Ireland's Environment.

Duration: 7:20

This clip looks at our rich natural heritage and outlines our impact on the environment from the first settlers to the Celtic Tiger, the key environmental challenges we now face and the need to be sustainable.

Measuring our carbon footprint.

Duration: 9:10

What can we, as individuals, do to tackle climate change? Measuring the amount of CO2 emissions caused through travel, energy use and lifestyle is a good starting point. Duncan helps a volunteer to calculate her carbon number and find ways to reduce it.

Climate change and Ireland – an introduction

Duration: 7:17

This clip introduces the topic of climate change, looks at the causes and effects and what Ireland must do to tackle the issue.

Global effects of climate change

Duration: 9:25

This clip looks at the effects of climate change in different parts of the world from melting Arctic permafrost to flooding in low lying countries like Bangladesh.

Local effects of climate change - Protecting Dublin from flood risks

Duration: 9:13

Climate change is a global phenomenon that is impacting on Irish weather, and the consequences are evident at a local level. This clip looks at flooding in parts of Dublin over the past few years and the measures being taken to protect the City from flooding in the future.

Greener commuting to school and work

Duration: 7:10

Air pollution from road traffic is the biggest threat to urban air quality. In this clip Duncan looks at what some schools and companies are doing to reduce their environmental impact by encouraging people to leave the car at home.

Protecting our Blue Flag beaches

Duration: 6:45

Clean beaches and healthy bathing water are important for amenity and tourism. A beach with a Blue flag meets standards set by the EU and this clip looks at how water quality, and other factors are monitored at Blue Flag beaches.

Protecting our drinking water

Duration: 8:07

This clip looks at the consequences for the people of Galway when drinking water became contaminated with Cryptosporidium and how the problem can be tackled with appropriate water treatment.

Water pollution

Duration: 7:14

The EPA monitors the quality of our rivers and in this clip Duncan joins a scientist in the field and the laboratory to hear about some of the causes of pollution in our rivers.

Recycling – waste as a resource

Duration: 6:34

In Ireland about 85% of the things we send for recycling are exported, and transportation uses energy. This clips looks at how we could reduce, re-use and do more of our own recycling in Ireland.

Recycling our organic waste

Duration: 10:18

This clip looks at the things we throw away that could be recycled and at food waste in particular. Where brown bins are provided for organic waste, the contents are collected and turned into compost, reducing waste going landfill and bin charges for the householder.

Green family holidays

Duration: 8:01

Hotels in the South East are working to make their businesses greener by reducing waste and consumption of energy and water. This provides families with a more sustainable holiday, cuts costs for the hotelier and contributes to eco-tourism.

Wind energy – powering the future

Duration: 6:03

The Government has set a target of producing 40% of our electricity from renewable resources by 2020. We depend on fossil fuels for 93% of our energy needs at present and this clip looks at the challenges and opportunities that exist for wind energy.

Protecting the Burren

Duration: 6:57

Local groups in the Burren explain how they have come together to balance the use of this area of natural beauty for tourism and for conservation of the geology and ecology.

Biodiversity in our bogs

Duration: 6:05

Duncan visits Lough Boora park in the Midlands to hear about how the bogland, which used to provide peat , has now been restored as a haven for wildlife.

Biodiversity in our seas

Duration: 9:54

The rich marine wildlife of the South West is explored in this clip which features whales, dolphins and seals. Tourism is an important part of the economy in the area and Duncan looks at eco-friendly ways for visitors to learn and enjoy without disturbing the wildlife.

Biodiversity in our forests

Duration: 7:15

There are a range of threats to biodiversity in Ireland from habitat loss to invasive species. Here we see examples such as the grey squirrel, a thriving, introduced species that has contributed to the native red squirrels decline.

Biodiversity in our wetlands

Duration: 9:10

This clip looks at biodiversity in the context of wetlands.

It becomes clear that the conservation of wetlands has a hugely positive role to play in water quality and cleansing, farming practices and flood relief.

Wetlands such as bogs and fens are a unique resource and we see the benefits of wetlands for the economy and the work being done to protect them from the impacts of human activity like farming.

Taking the Green Schools message home

Duration: 8:06

Irish homes produce twice the CO2 emissions of the average European home. This clip looks at the Green Homes programme where children from Green Schools educate their parents and community about simple ways to be more sustainable.

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Íoschóipeáil na trascríbhinní Gaeilge

Introduction

This clip looks at our rich natural heritage and outlines our impact on the environment from the first settlers to the Celtic Tiger, the key environmental challenges we now face and the need to be sustainable.

Climate change

Human-induced climate change is an urgent global issue and is the primary environmental challenge of this century. Increased levels of greenhouse gases are speeding up irreversible changes in the climate.

Clean air

By international standards, air quality in Ireland is very good but pollutants from road traffic, especially in urban areas pose the main threat to air quality in Ireland.

Clean water

To be suitable as drinking water, for amenity purposes or as a habitat water must be good quality. The most widespread threats to water quality in Ireland are pollution from municipal sewage and agricultural activities.

Sustainable resource use

We all use a range of resources everyday for example, the energy we use in our homes, the food we eat and the packaging on products we consume. By reducing waste, being more energy efficient and using renewable resources we could be more sustainable.

Protected Soil & Biodiversity

Ireland is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and wildlife but a number of native Irish species and their habitats are under threat from factors like intensification of agriculture, drainage of wetlands and climate change.

Integration & Enforcement

Environmental considerations need to be integrated into all policies and decision making so that responsible environmental behaviour becomes the norm across all sectors of society. Those who flout environmental laws will be held to account.

Introduction

This clip looks at our rich natural heritage and outlines our impact on the environment from the first settlers to the Celtic Tiger, the key environmental challenges we now face and the need to be sustainable.

Climate change

Human-induced climate change is an urgent global issue and is the primary environmental challenge of this century. Increased levels of greenhouse gases are speeding up irreversible changes in the climate.

Clean air

By international standards, air quality in Ireland is very good but pollutants from road traffic, especially in urban areas pose the main threat to air quality in Ireland.

Clean water

To be suitable as drinking water, for amenity purposes or as a habitat water must be good quality. The most widespread threats to water quality in Ireland are pollution from municipal sewage and agricultural activities.

Sustainable resource use

We all use a range of resources everyday for example, the energy we use in our homes, the food we eat and the packaging on products we consume. By reducing waste, being more energy efficient and using renewable resources we could be more sustainable.

Protected Soil & Biodiversity

Ireland is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and wildlife but a number of native Irish species and their habitats are under threat from factors like intensification of agriculture, drainage of wetlands and climate change.

Integration & Enforcement

Environmental considerations need to be integrated into all policies and decision making so that responsible environmental behaviour becomes the norm across all sectors of society. Those who flout environmental laws will be held to account.

Introduction

This clip looks at our rich natural heritage and outlines our impact on the environment from the first settlers to the Celtic Tiger, the key environmental challenges we now face and the need to be sustainable.

Climate change

Human-induced climate change is an urgent global issue and is the primary environmental challenge of this century. Increased levels of greenhouse gases are speeding up irreversible changes in the climate.

Clean air

By international standards, air quality in Ireland is very good but pollutants from road traffic, especially in urban areas pose the main threat to air quality in Ireland.

Clean water

To be suitable as drinking water, for amenity purposes or as a habitat water must be good quality. The most widespread threats to water quality in Ireland are pollution from municipal sewage and agricultural activities.

Sustainable resource use

We all use a range of resources everyday for example, the energy we use in our homes, the food we eat and the packaging on products we consume. By reducing waste, being more energy efficient and using renewable resources we could be more sustainable.

Protected Soil & Biodiversity

Ireland is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and wildlife but a number of native Irish species and their habitats are under threat from factors like intensification of agriculture, drainage of wetlands and climate change.

Integration & Enforcement

Environmental considerations need to be integrated into all policies and decision making so that responsible environmental behaviour becomes the norm across all sectors of society. Those who flout environmental laws will be held to account.

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