Karin Dubsky

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The unrelenting presence of plastic continues to mar Irish coastlines, as demonstrated during this year’s Coastwatch survey

The proliferation of “wet wipes” contaminating Irish coastlines is a new trend featuring in the reports of volunteers participating in the 2018 Coastw(...)

 Coastwatch members gather at the Rosie Hackett Bridge, Dublin for  World Oceans Day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The EU is leading a meaningful crusade against plastic pollution with excellent measures to curb usage but some new legislative proposals “are weak an(...)

Abbeyleix Bog. ‘My main hope for the future is in community and volunteer-led initiatives like the Abbeyleix Bog project.’ File photograph:  Bord na Móna

National Biodiversity Week which continues until Saturday, is a celebration of Ireland’s native flowers, trees, insects, animals and birds. Environme(...)

A Coastwatch volunteer collected this waste in one outing on a small stretch of coastline between Garrarus beach and Kilfarrasy Beach on the Co Waterford coastline. The haul includes a fridge and many plastic bottles.

Drinks containers, particularly plastic bottles, are the most frequent form of litter found on Irish coastlines, according to the environmental group (...)

Discarded tyres constituted a significant litter nuisance. Photograph: Getty Images

Littering and pollution along the Irish coastline confirm “a new building boom” and the expansion of agriculture throughout the island, according to t(...)

Coast walkers and swimmers have been advised to take extra care following Storm Ophelia. Photograph: iStock

Storm Ophelia’s course from the Azores may have swept lethal Portuguese men o’ war onto the Irish coastline. NUI Galway (NUIG) zoologist Dr Tom Doyle(...)

Johnaí “Dubh” Clochartaigh harvesting seaweed near Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Sea Thong. Cat’s Tail. True Sloke. Sting Winkle. Confined to bed in a New York hospital some decades ago, a west of Ireland man busied himself with m(...)

Mairead McGuinness MEP: “I’m very troubled about the idea of a Great Repeal Bill if it allows for the elimination of some core elements of environmental law by the United Kingdom.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The UK’s touted Great Repeal Bill after Brexit could spark a “bonfire of environmental regulations” leading to a disparity in protections on either si(...)

 Claire Casey and Clare McMorrow, trainees from Ulster Wildlife’s living seas team, collecting marine litter during a snorkel at Rossglass, Co Down.

Governments on both sides of the Border should introduce a “deposit on return” system for drinks containers in order to reduce littering, the non-gove(...)

Preliminary results of a survey conducted has found that drink containers constitute the most widespread type of litter  on the Irish coastline. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A “snapshot” audit of the Irish coastline has found that recreational litter posed a greater threat to its health this year than water pollution. Pr(...)

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