Environmental News


Here Comes the Sun: the increasing importance of solar panels in combating climate change

By Maria McGuinness
Possibly the best known form of renewable energy is solar power; that is, power generated from solar panels. These are cells which absorb light energy from the sun and convert it into either heat or electrical energy. There are broadly speaking two types of solar panels: photovoltaic (converts light to energy) and concentrated solar power (harnesses heat energy). Photovoltaic or PV cells are comprised of a sandwich of semiconducting materials, silicon typically, which are oppositely charged creating an electric field. Phosphorus is often used to generate a negatively charged layer and boron is used to generate a positively charged layer. When a photon of light hits the PV cell, it ‘knocks’ an electron free and as a result of the…
Maria McGuinness
October 13, 2019

Winds of Change

By Maria McGuinness
It’s official: Ireland has the third highest emissions of greenhouse gases in the EU per capita. Yes, that’s us. Climate change may seem like a far-off concept to many of us living in the Emerald Isle, but we are actually key contributors to it. While we’ve made so many positive steps forward in the past few years with social issues, such as the marriage referendum; our performance on this global crisis is more than disappointing. What’s even more disappointing is that we have a far greater potential to decarbonise than many other countries in Europe. Our wind speeds are the envy of our fellow European nations. Yet, are we harnessing this vast amount of natural resource? Of course not. We’d…
Maria McGuinness
September 23, 2019

Burning Issues – Summer 2019, Where Do We Stand?

By Adam Horgan
We are at an extremely important point in the fight to protect our natural systems.    August 2019 was a month in which we saw some encouraging international developments with regards to tree planting movements in a number of countries but also witnessed the utter devastation caused by the widespread burning of the Amazon Rainforest, Arctic regions and throughout Indonesia. In this post we will be taking a look at where we stand in terms of reforestation as an international civilisation and what we are up against.   So, to begin at home with the good news. In June we welcomed the government’s somewhat vague promise to plant more trees as part of the national Climate Action Plan. Last week…
Adam Horgan
September 11, 2019

Planting a Forest is Easy Treesie!

By Rowena Edwards
On the 12th of December we were thrilled to be joined by a big bunch of primary school children in what will soon be a forested area of Malahide. In collaboration with Easy Treesie, an organisation aiming to help Ireland's one million school-age children plant one million trees by 2023, we planted no less than 300 trees! Four of our own volunteers, Filip, Camilla, Vicky and Gabja, met the multiple classes of school kids as they jumped off the buses and guided them from the car park to the plantation site. Everyone was given planting gear - gloves, shovels, tree  whips, etc - and guided through the tree planting process. The sense of joy felt from getting our hands dirty,…
Rowena Edwards
January 15, 2019

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