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Eco Eye Series 12 -  Episode 4 - "2050"
Eco-Eye looks forward to 2050 and how a population of 9 billion will live together. What impacts will population growth and climate change have on the lives and lifestyles of future generations? Duncan speaks to the research team behind Consensus.ie about 2050 and also goes to Vienna to investigate a city that may well become the template for future smart cities
Eco Eye Series 12 - Episode 1 - "Irish Food?"
How secure is our food supply in Ireland? and who controls supply? Why are we exporting almost as much food as we are importing, while producing enough meat and dairy to feed a population 5 times the size of Ireland?. Eco Eye 12, episode 1; "Irish food?" answers all these questions and more
Eco Eye Series 12 - Episode 2 - "Woodlands"
In ancient Ireland, trees were revered and worshiped, the price of chopping one down was severe, so why has this love and respect of our natural woodlands not survived? Episode two of Eco Eye 2014 looks at the efforts of those trying to save and even restore our native woodlands and along with it the biodiversity that thrived for thousands of years in these magical places
About The House, Series 11; Episode 5
Sean Debney and his wife have bought a Clachan in Donegal, a traditional settlement of stone buildings, complete with its own derelict thatched cottage. ;
Eco Eye 14, EP05 - Rethinking Forestry
When some people look at the Irish landscape they just see the greenery that it’s famed for, but when Duncan looks at Ireland’s landscape he sees a conflict for vital resources with the health of the environment at its centre. Land in Ireland has to fit a multitude of uses and demands upon it, from agriculture to transport and production, biodiversity and ecosystem services, not to mention the intrinsic value of the landscape that just can’t be quantified. The planet can’t survive without forestry; it provides the very air that we breathe. Currently Ireland has the lowest forest cover of all European countries. However, this is set to change and as Ireland moves to increase tree cover we ask is there a new way to think about forestry that is both good for the economy and the environment? Can Ireland expand afforestation and commercial forestry while enhancing and preserving ecosystems? Duncan and Anja explore what the solutions are for the contest for Ireland’s land and what different types of forestry can offer. Together they will explore what is the future for forestry in Ireland and how that can benefit the environment, employment and the economy.
Eco Eye 14, EP06 - The Future of Energy
Undoubtedly, fossil fuels have played an extraordinary role in the evolution of society and the quality of our lives. Although, as a rapidly changing climate becomes the reality the world needs to transition away from these polluting finite resources, and do it in a staggeringly short time. But one way or another the world needs to transition away from these polluting finite resources. We’ll either decide to stop burning fossil fuels, or simply run out of them. The global transition to an 80% reduction in fossil fuel use is planned to happen over the next 35 years. This is an extraordinary challenge and some fear will have a crippling effect on our economy and way of life. Can science save us form returning to the dark ages? But what does this ‘low carbon’ future really mean for you and me? And what technologies are we likely to adapt in Ireland to get us to this new world? Science communicator Dr Lara Dungan will take a closer look at the technologies that could enable us to live in a world of no fossil fuels and no pollution and while allowing us to grow our economy and improve our lifestyles. From futuristic electric cars, ocean energy, new solar panels and homes of the future, Lara will explore cutter-edge technologies that could help us power our future economy and give us hope for a better, brighter future.
About The House Series 9, Episode 1
Close to Mullingar, County Westmeath Patrick and Niamh Daly are building their dream family home. This will not be an ordinary home. Patrick who is a well established architectural technologist has spent years designing it. Aesthetically the house will be very interesting, but even more fascinating -- This will be Ireland's first zero carbon zero energy passive house. Their idea is to build a house that requires no central heating system and while this has already been done, Patrick and Niamh are taking things a step further. The aim is to build this house using only natural carbon storing materials, like wood and hemp. Patricks plans are ambitious and experimental, but both himself and Niamh are keen environmentalists and very passionate about their project. Although they bought the site a number of years ago, they have spent a lot of time researching this house. Patrick has even spent 3 extra years studying a masters in ecological building to ensure that he has the necessary skills to carry out this project. Patrick is taking on a lot with this project. As well as running his own business, now he is project managing the build of his house and although he describes this build as 'experimental', both himself and Niamh are feeling positive and confident in the early stages. The couple's dreams finally become reality as the timber frame structure for their house goes up, however, already the bad Irish weather has uncovered a problem in the roof membrane, which is leaking.
Eco Eye Series 12 - Episode 6 - "Future Farming"
While Agriculture is Ireland's currently biggest industry it is also set for massive growth in the coming years. But is this growth sustainable? And what has the latest science on Irish farming got to tell us about what needs to change for this growth to be achieved? Most farmers don't know that the world's most valuable resource in the future will be phosphorus. As supplies continue to diminish, the price of phosphorus is set to skyrocket, but what will this mean for Irish farming? And what can we do about it today?
Eco Eye 13 - Ep 3: 'Forestry'
In this episode Duncan Stewart investigates the economic implications of Irish forestry, and discovers that forestry and forest products could be an area of major economic growth in the coming years if we played our cards right. We just need the right smart policies in place to make that happen.
Eco Eye series 12, Episode 9 "The state of water"
Whats wrong with the water supply in Ireland? In parts of Roscommon, residents live under ongoing 'boil' notices to protect themselves from water contaminants. In Dublin last October, the capital faced into water shortages as the biggest web summit in the world hit town. Meanwhile in Kilmeena national school in Mayo, students under the guidance of their principal Mickey Carney show understanding beyond their years when it comes to their water supply. Its now the children who are giving the lessons and leading the way in protecting the most precious of all our natural resources.
Eco Eye series 12 - Episode 10 - "Circular Economy"
'Take, make, Dispose' is how our current linear economic model is described. Take raw materials from the ground, make a product then dispose of it back into the ground. However, with the rapid rise of consumerism in the 20th century, we are now running out of raw materials and places to dispose of waste and thats not even mentioning the environmental damage caused in between. The Circular Economy is more progressive, environmentally friendly and efficient economic model, one that mimics nature and where there is no such thing as waste. The final programme of Eco Eye series 12 looks at the Circular Economy and meets Irish companies that are already preparing for this new economic model and we also speak to experts on the challenges and opportunities this new reality presents.
Eco Eye Series 12 - Episode 3 - "What's up with the weather" -Climate Change
Record breaking freezing temperatures, heatwaves, the worst flooding in 800 years, a fodder crisis, 50,000 homes without flood insurance and counting, all this in the last 4 years in Ireland alone. This episode of Eco-Eye looks at the weather and asks whether our climate is changing and what impacts this will have both home and abroad.
Eco Eye, Series 9; Episode 1 Part 3
loop Head, winner of the Ireland EDEN Award for sustainable Tourism has managed to successfully develop its tourism Industry while respecting the sensitivities of the local environment. Tania explores the unspoilt blue flag beaches, enjoys a dolphin watching trip and visits an ancient lighthouse to understand how important Sustainable Tourism is for our green economy. EDEN EU Tourism Award: EDEN is the acronym for European Destinations of Excellence, a project promoting sustainable tourism development models across the European Union. The project is based on national competitions that take place every year and result in the selection of a tourist "destination of excellence" for each participating country. http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/tourism/eden/what-is-eden/index_en.htm The Loop Head Peninsula is situated in West Clare, Ireland and encompasses the villages of Cross, Kilbaha and Carrigaholt. The Loophead Lighthouse featured in Eco eye programme one has been environmentally sensitively restored by the Irish Landmark Trust Ltd. The Irish Landmark Trust has had great success to date, having grown from one restored property in 1997 to to its current portfolio of 20 unique and conserved properties now available as holiday homes. These include Castles, Lightkeepers' Houses, Gate Lodges, Estate Houses. This allows these wonderful heritage buildings to be enjoyed by the present and future generations. To rent a heritage property Email: [email protected] Loophead: Things to do and see on Loophead Geology The special conditions along the Atlantic coast of the Loophead Peninsula attract visitors from all around. The rocks formations can be seen in two ways. Firstly, on land either walking or driving from the ossified trees in Goleen bay to the preserved sand volcanoes in Ross bay. Between these points are exposed carboniferous sedimentary basin shale (over 340 million years old) that comes in amazing shapes caused by slipping, folding and other geological movements. This is why the Loophead area has become very popular for geological study and research. Bird Watching At the Bridges of Ross (approximately seven miles from the lighthouse) migrating seabirds pass each autumn on migration and the bridges provide an excellent viewing point for Shearwaters, Petrels, Terns, and Skuas. Many species rare to Irish waters can be observed in suitable conditions, indeed the first Irish records of two species, Swinhoe's Petrel and Sooty Tern, occurred here. To find out more;. www.birdwatchireland.ie www.clarebirdwatching.com Dolphin Tours Dolphinwatch Carrigaholt offers 2-hour boat trips to experience this diverse natural heritage www.dolphinwatch.ie 065 905 8156 Sea Angling Carrigaholt is an ideal harbour to go fishing from. These fish include Cod, Pollock, Saith, Ling, Haddock, Whiting, Hake, Spur dog, Ray and of course lots of Mackerel, which in turn can be used as bait for among others Blue Shark and large Skate. www.fishandstay.com Luke and Mary Aston Phone 00353 (0)65 9058209 or direct to skipper 00353 (0)87 63675 Shore Fishing The best places are wild Atlantic storm beaches, sheltered estuaries and quiet harbour piers. The main species to be caught are; bass, mackerel, Pollock, flounder, mullet, coalfish, ling, ray and many more. To find the best fishing spots a guide is very useful. www.chillwithbill.com Currachs Currachs, the traditional canoe, of the Loophead peninsula were used in times past for fishing and for transport. The skills associated with the use of these boats had all but died out but now a new generation are being taught the skills of building, rowing and handling these boats. 6 boats which are now made available to Rowing clubs along the Clare Coastline. Currach regattas are held every year from Kilbaha to Kilkee. www.westclarecurrachs.com Diving Kilkee has a dedicated diving centre fully equipped and professionally manned by highly qualified diving instructors.The diverse marine life attracts divers from around the world. For beginners there is a trial dive in the shallow waters of Kilkee Bay to introduce them to the exciting underwater world. www.oceanlife Seaweed Spa Towards the end of the 18th century people starting coming to Loophead, especially Kilkee, to 'take the waters' so the seaside became a popular place for relaxation and recuperation. Thalassotherapy centres give clients the benefits, indoors, of seawater baths, seaweed wraps and marine spa treatments. www.kilkeethalasso.com
'Eloquent Fluff'- Prof Kevin Anderson on the text of COP21 (Part 1)
Duncan Stewart speaks to Prof Kevin Anderson (Tyndall centre, Manchester University). One of the worlds most respected climate scientists speaks to Duncan at the COP21 conference centre in Paris. Less than impressed with the text of the COP21 agreement, Prof. Anderson pulls no punches as he describes both whats missing from the agreement and whats really needed to have any meaningful impact on climate change
Solar Energy: Eco Eye 14, EP06 - Future of Energy
Is Ireland too cloudy for solar? Not at all, according to Tom Foley of Solar Electric and Tommy O'Shea of O'Shea Farms, who show Lara Dungan the potential of solar energy production in Ireland.
Eco-Eye Series 10. Episode 3.  "Green Homes"
Eco-Eye visits Austria to take a look at some experimental green houses and asks how we can 'green' our own homes in Ireland
Eco Eye Series 5, Episode 1
In our Climate Change Special Eco Eye highlights the urgency and seriousness of our position; if the world doesn't start to change, it could be the biggest regret in human history. We look at climate change in the world and how its effects are actually becoming visible. Climate change is no longer an abstract phrase that can be ignored. We look specifically at how Ireland as a whole is doing in meeting our Kyoto targets, the problems we still need to overcome, and offer more solutions as to how we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Duncan talks to all the experts including artic explorer Marc Cornelissen, who has set up the International College for Climate Change.
Eco Eye 14, EP08 - Path to Zero Carbon
In the wake of the recent Paris climate change agreement, the developed world, including Ireland, have signed up to a monumental challenge to secure our future. Every UN nation has agreed to do their part to eventually tackle and attempt to halt global warming. This effectively means phasing almost all fossil fuels out of 1st world economies in the next 30 years. While this challenge seems very ambitious, Duncan Stewart takes a journey to Denmark, who aim to transition to a fossil fuel free, 100% renewable energy future by 2050. Duncan will see what we can learn from our European neighbours and will discover what this transition would really mean for Ireland.
'They're just categorically wrong' -Prof Kevin Anderson responds to Irish skeptics
Prof Kevin Anderson responds to claims made by a (very small) vocal minority in Ireland about climate sensitivity and their belief that we should adopt a more 'wait and see' approach, contrary to scientific opinion worldwide on the urgency of climate change
Eco Eye 14, EP07 - Sustainable Food
In the face of new stringent emission and environmental targets, Ireland’s economy and society will be forced to adapt, changing the way we all live and work. However when 30% of our current emissions come from agriculture, is the current method and scale of our food production really sustainable for the future. In this episode Duncan will look at the latest agricultural science and technology that is addressing the challenge of making farming more sustainable. He will also visit Irish farmers and farming communities who are trying to make the shift to a more sustainable form of food production. This episode will ask if Ireland is on the right track with their agriculture policy, and if Irish farmers should be considering a new approach for civilisation’s oldest industry.
About the House, Series 11; Episode 7
In this final episode of About the House, we look at the issues facing homeowners of houses both old and new. We revisit Cloughjordan to see the problems inherent in building a passive new build, something all new homes will need to be in just 2 years. ; And we look at the issues facing people wanting to live in period homes. How do you update these old houses to make them energy efficient without compromising the features that make them so attractive?
Eco Eye, Series 9;Episode 1 Part 1
Eco Eye begins this series with a look at Ireland in 2011 and asks what the potential is for a new Green Economy in this difficult climate. With targeted development of this new Green sector opportunities could be realized that will dramatically reduce our reliance on imported fuels, our CO2 emissions and change the future for our young people for the better.
Eco Eye Series 12, Episode 7 - "The Green Fireman"
€9 billion is spent by the public sector on goods and services annually in Ireland! Dublin fireman Neil McCabe showed how with a little ingenuity, this money could result in environmentally friendly buildings and huge cost savings to the public sector but will local authorities and the government take notice. Thats €100bn in spending in the next 10 years, shouldnt that money be spend on local, environmentally sound, clean products and services. It would save money and create jobs, so whats stopping us.
Eco Eye Series 5, Episode 5
Transport is Ireland's greatest challenge in reducing emissions. All other contributors to greenhouse gases have been controlled in some way, however transport is out of control. Eco Eye looks at all our current problems; the worrying trend of commuters travelling long distances, the negative effects of urban sprawl, oil prices, and public transport that desperately needs to evolve. Duncan looks at future plans and solutions for public transport, in particular, Transport 21, and talks to all the key players. Eco Eye looks at ways of getting people out of their cars and onto public transport, and predicts the future for the private car. This is the second special in the series, and it is particularly relevant for Ireland and our present situation. If we don't make major changes now, it is predicted that transport will account for 40 per cent of our CO2 emissions by 2010.
A Burning Question; Mary Robinson Interview
This is an extended interview with Mary Robinson form our most recent documentary, A Burning Question, looking at climate change, public opinion and media manipulation. Mary Robinson speaks about the the very real human cost of Climate change in the third world, at home in Ireland and looking to the future.
Eco-Eye series 10: Episode 4 "Sustainable communities"
Eoc-Eye visits The town of Koetschach in Austria to investigate how they've managed to become energy independent and asks if this is something that can be accomplished in Ireland?
Eco Eye 14, EP09 - And a River Runs Through it
Water is not just essential for our health and quality of life, but communities all over Ireland rely on the ecosystem services provided by our rivers and streams. The Duhallow community on the Blackwater River understand that the river itself is the lifeblood of their community. Their way of life relies on the health of the river and they have taken extraordinary steps to protect this river catchment. They know that the economy and livelihoods of this community rely on the water that runs through its heart. Anja Murray will look at the Blackwater River as a microcosm of many of Ireland’s water catchments and explore some of the issues affecting rivers and communities throughout the country. She will follow the water from source to sea, looking at the impacts on the river and the people that rely on it.
Eco Eye 14, EP04 - Healthy Environment
Medical advancements over the course of our lifetime have been astronomical. Many of the diseases that killed our parent’s generation only 30 years ago, are no longer the same threat to us today. But with new threats and diseases constantly developing will we continue to live longer and healthier lives? Unfortunately now a whole host of new issues are affecting our health and well-being. Many of these issues are related to the environment we live in and how we live of lives. In this episode Dr Lara Dungan looks at some of the issues and concerns that affect our health and lifespan. How and where we live, travel and work… the air we breathe, the water we drink, even the packaging that the water comes in, all combine to have a huge impact on our health. Dr Lara Dungan will explore how all these factors affect our health, and discover what we can do to protect ourselves and our children from everyday environmental pollution.
Precision Dairy: Interview with Eric Robson
We recently caught up with Eric Robson of the Telecommunication Software & Systems Group (TSSG) of Waterford Institute of Technology to discuss the PRECISION DAIRY project. The primary focus of the PRECISION DAIRY project is to link ICT based disciplines with dairy systems research in order to develop real-time decision support systems for dairy farmers. Autonomous, battery operated sensors will be scattered throughout the farms to sense real-time data in relation to animal and grassland production in order to improve productivity, disease management, animal mobility tracking and event forecasting. The perceived benefits of PRECISION DAIRY technologies include increased efficiency, profitability, improved product quality and sustainability of the Irish dairy industry by facilitating more timely and informed decisions on farm. In the long run, the project will support economic development through the exploitation of research outputs. Eric Robson joined the TSSG of Waterford Institute of Technology as a Senior Researcher in February of 2007. Eric’s current role within the TSSG is as Research Unit Manager for the Data Mining and Social Computing group where he manages a team of researchers that investigates techniques in social network analysis, predictive analytics, data warehousing, context awareness and eLearning. Interview Location: Teagasc's Moorepark Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre
Eco Eye Series 9, Episode 4; Part 3
Eco Tourism: Donegal Tania travels North in this episode of Eco Eye, to visit Donegal to explore the workings of a successful organic farm and sample the delights of locally produced foods. We also delve into history and take a look at the ancient historic monuments at the 'Grianán of Aileach' fortress, and Tania observes some exotic Icelandic geese while birdwatching.
Eco Eye 11, series 8
'Irish Water' Quality and infrastructure issues in Ireland. How we can solve our water problems for the future.
Eco Eye Series 12 - Episode 5 - "Community Energy"
Watch how communities around Ireland are combating the rising environmental and financial costs of fossil fuels with new initiatives that help them take control of their energy needs and put stheir4 communities back in charge. This episode focuses on the Arann Islands and the Drombane Upperchurch Energy Tipperary group (DUET) and how they've embraced new technologies to help secure their energy needs.
Eco Eye, Series 9; Episode 6 Part 3
Eco Tourism: South East Tania visits the south east of Ireland in this episode to explore what is on offer for those looking for environmentally conscientious holidays in Counties Waterford and Wexford. We take a boat trip down the famous River Blackwater, legendary for its angling and sightseeing potential, and we sample the delights and attractions of 'Food Tourism' with the founder of the Good Food Ireland project.
Electric Cars: Eco Eye 14, EP06 - Future of Energy
Motoring Journalist Dave Humphreys shows Lara the power of the BMWi i8 & talks to her about hybrid & electric cars in Ireland
'From Europes' thinnest to Europes' Fattest - Ireland's obesity epidemic
Our own Dr Lara Dungan speaks to Ireland's leading consultant endocrinologist Dr Donal O'Shea about Ireland's obesity crisis. In part 1 on this interview, Lara discovers how Ireland which once had Europe's thinnest population is on track to become Europe's fattest nation by 2030. They then discuss the effects obesity has on a person from a very young age and the lifelong health problems they may face as a result.
Eco Eye, Series 6, Episode 1
Item 1 (Community lifestyle strand) -- "Farming and the Environment" At last the intersection of environment and farming unearths positive results. We meet a young beef farmer who is interested in sustainable agricultural practices and eager to do the right thing. Teagasc research scientists introduce us to some of the more environmentally sound approaches to farming in 21st century Ireland. Item 2 (Community lifestyle strand) -- "The recycling of electronic goods in Ireland" We accompany Tania Stewart on a journey into the world of waste electrical and electronic goods. We examine how this geriatric gear is processed and recycled into raw materials full of potential for future use. Item 3 (Community lifestyle strand) -- "Peat Lands" Too often our peat-lands are disregarded and mistreated. Unsuited to agricultural or industrial development, they are often relegated to the status of wastelands. Midway through their rapid demise, we are only beginning to understand the crucial importance of this sodden soil in terms of Biodiversity and Climate Change. In this item, we take a look at The Bogland project funded by the EPA, which focuses on Peat-land regeneration, biodiversity and the carbon-storing properties of bogs. Will Irelands most important carbon sinks survive in this post-industrial landscape?
Eco Eye, Series 9; Episode 6 Part 2
Peatlands In this item, we explore Ireland's most unique and endangered habitat, our peatlands. We look at the effect of continued peat harvesting and Duncan discusses the shocking results of a new research study on the carbon emissions coming from our cut bogs.
About The House Series 9, Episode 3
Ever since his rugby accident 3 years ago, Victor Connell's independence and freedom has been very limited. Victor is in a wheel chair and he currently lives with his parents in an extension that was built to accommodate his needs. However the layout of his parent's home is not suitable for Victor. He finds it hard to get around and some o f the halls and doorways are very narrow for his wheelchair. With the help of his friends and family, Victor is building his own fully accessible house. Lots of people and companies from the local area are helping out and contributing to the project and Victor's friend Gary will be the foreman on site. Victor would like to achieve an energy efficient home so he is shocked when Duncan tells him that if he follows his current building plan, he will end up paying approximately 2500 euro on energy bills per year. Duncan only arrives on site after the foundations have already been laid but all is not lost. Although the shape of the building can't be changed, Duncan can still help Victor make this an energy efficient home. After a long chat, Victor opts to go for a well insulated timber frame structure. He visits the timber frame factory where he is shown 3D images of how is new house will look! Within a few weeks the timber frame contractors are out on site and within 2 days Victor's house has been erected. As Victor is laying down the radon membrane for his new home this week, Duncan meets Robin Byrne from the NSAI to discuss the dangers of radon and what we can do to minimize the risk in our homes. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has no taste, smell or colour, and contributes over 50% of the total radiation dose received by the Irish population. Radon membranes must have appropriate certification -- a list of NSAI Agrément certified radon membranes can be found on the NSAI website www.nsai.ie. Radon measurement can be carried out by the RPII or other radon measurement services. The measurement consists of placing two small passive detectors in the main living room and main bedroom for not less than 3 months, and then sending them back for analysis. Also on About the House this week....what should you do if you can hear every noise your neighbour makes? Noise can be a very serious problem and often when buying a house people have no idea how much of their neighbours lives they can hear until they move in. Duncan meets Pat Kelly who is suffering from such a problem and wants to find a remedy for his house.
Eco Eye series 11, Episode 3
"Radon in the home" -The health issues involved and the measures you can take to protect your home and family Septic Tanks --Why they have such a major impact on water and health
Eco Eye, Series 9; Episode 9
Green Economy There is an emerging consensus that transforming Ireland into a Green Economy would be the ideal way to rebuilt the country and generate employment. Rising oil prices will undoubtedly undermine Ireland's recovery unless we can find a way to wean ourselves off oil before the price gets too high. Instead of investing millions into oil and food imports, Ireland could create alternative ways of generating energy. In this episode Duncan is having a closer look at what can make a green economy happen and what potential is there in the areas of anaerobic digestion, wind energy and the local food sector. Anaerobic Digestion Sadly much of Ireland's food waste continues to be disposed of in landfill, polluting our soil and groundwater with toxic chemicals and releasing harmful methane into the atmosphere. But all of this waste is actually an incredibly precious resource that could drastically decrease our reliance on imported fossil fuels if we converted it to biogas. Duncan explains how the process of Anaerobic Digestion could ensure long-term security for the future and create a whole new employment sector for Ireland.
Eco Eye, Series 9; Episode 1 Part 2
Ireland is home to woodlands that are not only a wonderful amenity to be enjoyed, but a resource that may hold the key to one of the greatest challenges facing the most oil dependent country in Europe. As oil prices rise Ireland will struggle further without an indigenous sustainable fuel source. Duncan takes a walk through native Irish woodland and explores the possibility that forest thinning could provide the most sustainable and low cost source of fuel to the country so far. Duncan encounters an ancient technique of transporting wood that has existed for generations and considers the potential of wood energy as a major employer for the future.
Eco Eye Series 5, Episode 7
Native Woodlands Duncan meets with members of the Forest Service to find out more about the Native Woodland Scheme. Developed by the Forest Service, the scheme provides support to landowners to protect and enhance existing native woodlands and also to establish new native woodlands. Landfills Currently almost all of our waste in Ireland ends up being sent to a landfill. Landfills are not designed to break down waste they simply just bury it. Modern landfills however are doing a lot more to protect the local environment than older dumps would have in the past. Duncan checks out two of Dublin's biggest landfills, Balleally and Dunsink, and he discovers what happens to our rubbish after it's buried. Dunsink landfill has entered a remediation and restoration phase, so Duncan takes a look at the type of work that goes on at a landfill when it closes, and its prospects for the future. Transboundary River Basins On our island of Ireland we have many shared river basins across the border between North and South. When it comes to looking after these river basins the Environment Heritage (EHS) in the North and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the South work together to monitor the rivers. Duncan travels north and south of the country to observe the work that is being carried out. He takes a boat trip on Lough Erne and chats with the Warden on how this particular area is taken care of. Duncan also investigates an oil spill incident in a shared river basin and talks to Deirdre and Michael Spillane from the EHS as they inspect the incident.
Beautiful drone & camera footage of Ireland's rivers & lakes
An audience favourite, a stunning mix of drone and camera footage from the opening scene from Eco Eye's recent episode on Ireland's water.
Eco Eye Series 5, Episode 8
Water Conservation Water conservation has become a major issue in Ireland today. Due to rapid population increase our natural resources are being pressurised and the consumption of water is increasing dramatically. We use so much water without even realising it, for an example we use 125 litres of water in less than five minutes having a power shower. Duncan meets with Tom Leahy of Dublin City Council to discuss this important issue. When it comes to conserving water it is important to see how we can save this precious resource. Duncan visits the Ecological Gardener Brenda Palmer who gives suggestions on how to cut back on water usage in the garden. Waste Prevention We produce so much waste, in the North and South of Ireland, however we could prevent this by simply reducing the amount of packaging on products. As consumers, we should opt for loose products rather than those that are multi wrapped. Duncan investigates this issue by doing an 'eco shop' with Karen Hardy who is the principal shopper of her household. Duncan checks up on Karen after she has done her shopping and points out different products that she could buy to prevent the amount of waste she brings home. Duncan also goes to Newry to talk to John Minnis from the EHS about this important issue of waste prevention. Indicative Forest Strategy Indicative Forest Strategy is regarded as a planning tool used to assess opportunities for new forest planting in a given area. Duncan meets with members of the Forest Service to look at the future of forestry in Ireland. He investigates what types of trees are suitable for our land and how they have an effect on our landscape. He also looks into the environmental impacts of forestry around the country as he travels to many forests throughout Ireland.
Eco Eye 14, EP10 - Redefining Communities
Traditional communities all over the country have come together to develop energy projects and plant the seeds for a sustainable future. With the concept of what a community is being redefined, in this episode Duncan looks at three communities, the Irish Defense Forces, Croke Park and Camphill Communities and discovers the green initiatives transforming them. In recent years Croke Park have adopted a new policy, one that prioritises sustainability as well as skill. They have learned that as a community they must play a part in the transition towards a sustainable future for themselves and the communities they serve. Duncan’s journey starts on the GAA’s biggest day of the year; the All Ireland Final in Croke Park. Aside from being at the epicenter of Irish sport, Croke Park is also the first carbon neutral stadium in the world. On his journey Duncan learns from the leaders and innovators in each community about why sustainability is important to them and how they have managed to achieve their ambitious goals. He will also see the top-down effect of sustainability and green initiatives and how these benefit and influence the communities they serve.
'If anything, climate sensitivity is higher'-Glaciologist Jason Box on climate sensitivity
Prof Jason Box responds to claims made by a (very small) vocal minority in Ireland about climate sensitivity and their belief that we should adopt a more 'wait and see' approach to climate change.
Eco Eye 14, EP03 - The Story of Stuff
The story of civilization is also the story of stuff; as societies have developed through the ages their use and demand for things and technology has developed in tandem. However modern society has developed to use resources unwisely. We’ve since learned that the current model of take, make and throw away is not sustainable and it’s destroying the planet. This episode looks at a new way of viewing how we use our precious resources; the ‘circular economy.’ This new approach is spreading throughout Ireland and driven by grassroots community action and new business innovation. In this episode Duncan will explore the economic, environmental and social benefits of using our invaluable resources wisely and visit the businesses and initiatives being born out of the concept of rethinking waste and explore how far we can go with this new story of stuff.
Michael Kelly from GIY (Grow It Yourself Ireland)
Michael Kelly from GIY ireland (Grow it yourself) speaks to Duncan Stewart about the GIY movement. Michael describes how a Waterford based organisation with just over a 100 members has now grown to over 50,000 members nationwide. The GIY movement is about empowering people to grow their own produce locally and the importance of learning to love fresh food again. This interview was part of Episode one of Eco Eye, series 12 from 07/01/2014
Eco Eye Series 6, Episode 6
Item 1 (Big Picture strand) -- "Biochange, Burren" As we progress further into the post-industrial 21st Century, Ireland's Biodiversity is dwindling dangerously low. In this item, we focus on an innovative research project 'Biochange', which examines varying aspects of Biodiversity loss in Ireland. Item 2 (Community lifestyle strand) -- "Drinking Water" Water, the elixir of life, is our most vital natural resource. Does our constitutional right to clean, healthy drinking water in Ireland hold any weight today? We'll examine the myriad of health complications associated with bad water in Ireland and the ramifications this holds for local people around the country. We'll specifically look at how the local people in Galway are managing after the Cryptosporidium crisis. Item 3 (Heritage protection and Natural Environment strand) -- "Geo Parks" Ireland is home to one of Europe's most stunning, iconic and striking geological heritage sites. Our "Copper Coast Geopark" in Waterford is comprised of lush countryside and golden strands stretching from Tramore to Dungarvin. We'll explore the beautiful terrain and unique geological characteristics of this site and look at the stringent efforts of the local community to protect and maintain this national treasure.
Eco-Eye Series 12 - Episode 8 - "Eco Toxins"
After a new WHO report released in April 2014, this episode of Eco Eye from February 2014 is even more fascinating. We spoke to experts across Ireland as we looked at the effects of the use and abuse of drugs like antibiotics and the effect they are having on our health and our Eco system. (A special thanks to 'lnland Fisheries Ireland' for their skills and expertise and the use of their facilities in the making of this programme. ) Ever wondered about all that medication and chemicals we use in daily life and how much of it ends up in our water and environment at large? or why AMR (antimicrobial resistance) is becoming one of the biggest crisis facing the health of the worlds population. This episode of Eco Eye looks at how toxins get into our environment and the damage they do and of course there's also the intersex fish!