Why Ireland’s ecologists are not being listened to

Ireland’s environmental policy is failing to meet the needs of its population, according to an independent report.

The report commissioned by Environment Minister Alan Kelly says Ireland has the fourth-highest rate of environmental damage per capita in the EU, behind Germany, Britain and France.

It also warns that the environment needs a strong voice in the government, with a clear and consistent policy to protect the environment.

The environmental report also says there are too few climate change experts in the Cabinet and the government’s stance on climate change is not well communicated.

A spokesman for the Minister for Environment Alan Kelly said the report was based on data from the Irish Water and Climate Survey, which surveyed the country’s 1.4 million households.

He said it was the fourth report from a team of more than 80 environmental professionals to be published this year.

He added: “It is a vital report for anyone who cares about the health and well-being of the environment, and who cares passionately about the future of our planet.”

The report said there was a “tipping point” for Irish society, with the population expected to reach over 7.7 million by 2050.

It warned that Irish communities are becoming more dependent on the water and electricity networks and that a “critical mass” of people were not being educated about the impacts of climate change on the environment and water.

It said the Irish population is growing faster than the rest of Europe, but the proportion of the population living below the poverty line is at a record low.

“While the overall population is ageing, there is a growing imbalance between those at the top and those at lower income levels,” the report said.

The study also said that while climate change has been identified as a “big problem”, the issue of climate disruption in the Irish economy is less of a concern.

The Government has set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1.5% of global emissions by 2050, which is an achievable target.

However, the report warned that it was difficult to achieve such a reduction without a significant increase in investment in renewables, and that the sector was still very young.

“It is clear that investment in renewable energy, particularly in the low-carbon sector, is a priority for the Government,” the Irish Times quoted the report as saying.

“However, this is a difficult area to address given the growing importance of the renewable energy sector in the economy and the potential risks of climate-driven disruptions.”

The environmental group said it expected the report would set the ground for further action on climate disruption.

“If the Government does not act to reduce climate disruption it is clear the Irish environment is in serious danger of a catastrophic collapse,” said the group’s chief executive, Michael MacCormack.

The group said the government should set clear targets for its environmental policies and set targets for investment in the sector.

“The Government needs to set targets to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 25% by 2050 and to significantly increase investment in solar, wind and other renewable energy,” it said.

“For the Irish people, this should be a top priority.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Environment said the Government was committed to a 20% renewable energy target and had a “strong climate and energy policy”.

The spokesperson added: “[The] Government’s renewable energy plan is an important and vital part of the Government’s economic plan and its strategy to protect our environment.”

We also work with the energy sector on a range of climate and sustainability issues, including climate resilience.

Landlords should not be allowed to take money from tenants in exchange for ‘ecological’ services

Landlords who take money to provide eco-friendly services such as landscaping and cleaning, for example, will not be welcome to rent to tenants in return, a council is hearing.

The Victorian Landlord and Tenant Board (VLTB) is expected to hear from a group of landlords on Tuesday about the possibility of providing eco-minded tenants with “environmental” services.

In a submission to the Landlord & Tenant Act 1975, the VLTB said the “ecological” nature of the services provided by landlords would be of concern to tenants, who would likely feel they were getting a good deal.

“The use of eco-services by landlords in the provision of services to tenants is likely to have an impact on their relationship with the landlord and their ability to engage in productive activities in the community,” it said.

“In some instances, a landlord may be entitled to provide a service in return for an advance payment of rent.”

Landlords may not pay for eco-like services by taking money from rentersRead moreThe VLTb recommended that if a landlord did take money for an eco-service it should be paid to a charity or other organisation, such as a local health or education charity, that supports the environment.

However, it said that the landlord may also be required to “pay back the money to the tenant in some circumstances, including if the landlord’s activities benefit the environment or a person in the tenant’s household”.

The Victorian Government has announced it is looking into how to tackle the problem of landlords taking money for eco services.

A spokesperson for the VGTB said it was important that landlords were “clear” about what they were taking from tenants and that they were not “treating the tenants like disposable commodities”.

“If you are a landlord who takes money from a tenant and you do not pay the rent or make a contribution towards a sustainable or ecological project, the landlord will not have to pay back the payment to you,” the spokesperson said.

The VGTb will also hear from tenants about how to protect themselves from landlords taking “ecosocial” money.

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The Landlord, Tenant and Landowner Act 1975 states landlords are obliged to “act in a manner which promotes the conservation and improvement of the environment” and “willfully” violate any of the above.

“A landlord will be guilty of wilful contravention of this Act if:”a) he or she wilfully and intentionally contravenes any provision of this [Act] in relation to the supply of an amenity;”b) he [or she] wilfully contravene any provision in relation with the provision or installation of an ecological service or a social service;”c) he wilfully fails to provide or provide or fail to install any environmental or social service in compliance with any provision contained in this Act; or”d) he (or she) wilfully acts in a wilful manner or in disregard of the requirements of this or any other Act, including a requirement contained in any other enactment or a requirement of the local community planning authority.”

The Act requires landlords to:• provide “an environmentally friendly, socially acceptable and sustainable service to a person living in a dwelling unit” or • provide “a social service that is environmentally or socially acceptable, and that is used to improve the conditions of the community” to tenants.

The act also provides that landlords must provide “any environmental or socially unacceptable service” to their tenants.

“It is important that all of your obligations under the Act are met and that you act in a way that promotes the preservation of the environmental, social and economic wellbeing of the tenants, and not in an unethically or illegally exploitative manner,” the Vltb said.

A report from the Victorian Government’s Environmental Policy Unit (EPU) this year found that between 2001 and 2014, over half of the state’s dwelling units were rented out to foreign owners.

It found that over 90% of the properties rented out were for “economic reasons”.

The report found that about one-third of the rental units in Victoria were occupied by foreign owners, which could affect the environmental impact of a building.

The EPU report found “over half of those dwelling units in NSW were occupied and used for a foreign owner’s economic