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Agriculture Politics

Northern Ireland Joins Global Climate Action Network

Edwin Poots MLA, Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, says Northern Ireland joining the Under2 Coalition and signing up to the new Memorandum of Understanding is a significant step in the region’s climate change journey and will help to drive forward climate action. The Minister made the comments following his participation in an event at […]

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Agriculture Politics

Climate Change, There Is An Alternative – Workers Party

Speaking at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow,  UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told delegates that “…addiction to fossil fuels is pushing humanity to the brink”, saying “we face a stark choice – either we stop it, or it stops us. We are digging our own graves.” The warning is indeed stark, and the UN Secretary General has […]

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Agriculture Politics

UUP Launch Environmental Policy Document

The Ulster Unionist Party today publishes its Environmental policy document ‘The Climate Emergency – A Fair Contribution’ declaringa Climate Emergency and promising that Northern Ireland will make a Fair Contribution to the UK’s Net Zero target under its leadership. Ulster Unionist Party leader, Doug Beattie MC MLA, said: “Northern Ireland is the only part of the United […]

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Agriculture Politics

UUP Suggest Combining Both Climate Change Bills

The Ulster Unionist Party Leader Doug Beattie MC MLA has written to Claire Bailey MLA and DAERA Minister Edwin Poots to suggest that they merge her Private Members Climate Change Bill and the DAERA Bill to create a combined ‘best of both worlds’ Bill. Doug Beattie said: “It is unacceptable that Northern Ireland is the […]

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Agriculture

Farm Businesses Already Playing Their Part In Tackling Climate Change

Farm businesses are already taking practical steps to help reduce emissions and tackle climate change, Agriculture and Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA has said. The Minister was speaking at the Agriculture and Climate Change: A Countryside COP event’ at CAFRE’s Greenmount campus, jointly organised by DAERA and the Ulster Farmers’ Union in advance of COP26. […]

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Agriculture Community Politics

Executive Launches Draft Green Growth Strategy for Northern Ireland

Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Edwin Poots MLA, on behalf of the NI Executive, has launched the draft Green Growth Strategy for Northern Ireland. The over-arching multi-decade Strategy, which is led by his Department, will set out the long-term vision and a solid framework for tackling the climate crisis by balancing climate action […]

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Community South Down

Holy Cross PS, Kilkeel Win SDLP COP26 Climate Competition

SDLP Climate Champion Cara Hunter has chosen Holy Cross Primary School, Kilkeel as the winners of the party’s COP26 climate competition. The school’s P6/P7 class submitted a video urging Stormont politicians to take the climate crisis seriously. East Derry MLA Cara Hunter said: “These young people have creatively challenged political leaders by demanding action on […]

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Agriculture Newry

Kimmins Welcomes Electric Vehicle Chargepoint Upgrades

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins is welcoming ESB replacing a number of EV charge points across the north. The Newry and Armagh MLA stated: “ESB ecars is in the process of replacing 35 electric vehicle chargers across the north. These changepoints were in poor condition and in urgent need of an upgrade. “They are now […]

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Armagh Newry Politics South Armagh

Boylan Reiterates Call For Undergrounding of Interconnector

Speaking after the High Court in Belfast upheld the planning approvals granted in 2020, Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan said: “Local communities have repeatedly called for the undergrounding of the interconnector and it remains Sinn Féin’s position that the project should be undergrounded. “It is important that we have the infrastructure in place that allows us to […]

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Community

Have a Safe Half Term, Not a Horrifying one!

With the half term holidays nearly upon us, NI Water would like to take this opportunity of reminding parents and young people about the dangers of playing near treatment works, reservoirs and construction sites. Cathy Uprichard, Safety, Health, and Environment Manager at NI Water, explains: “Understandably, natural curiosity will draw children and young people towards some of […]