Environment

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Environment, Features, International

Billions of Plastic Bottles end up in the Worlds Oceans

Billions of Plastic Bottles end up in the Worlds Oceans

by Jamison Maeda  In our present era of natural disasters, disease, war, and poverty, it’s difficult to imagine that humanity’s biggest threat is actually the bottled water industry. This sounds like hyperbole or sensationalist fear mongering. How could bottled water be as serious a threat as war or disease? To answer that question you have to understand where bottled water comes from.
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Housing Crisis

Sep
2014
25

Dáil Debates, Environment

Clare speaking on a private members motion on the current housing crisis and the need for the state to build social housing.  Click on the link below to watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vPFzUWA–I&feature=youtu.be

Water Charges

Sep
2014
18

Dáil Debates, Environment, Human Rights

Speaking today on the Water Services (Exempt Charges) Bill 2014, Clare stated that the bulldozing through of this charge will wipe out disposable income for many families. The prospect of bills of hundreds of euro will be a blow too far for many.  Access to water is a human right and should be based on need and not ability to pay and that is a right worth fighting for.  Click on the link below to watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWA4VjrcOv4&feature=youtu.be

Dáil Issues, Environment, Oral Questions

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on the recent advice note from the Association of Consulting Engineers in Ireland regarding the discovery that concrete blockwork from at least one manufacturer of concrete blocks has been found to contain pyrite type materials, elevated levels of sulphur, which in the presence of water will lead to weakening of the load bearing capacity of the concrete blockwork and over time to the possible disintegration of the blockwork; the required testing of concrete blockwork for this known threat and the implications for structures built with this blockwork.
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