EU drive to clean up polluted waters has special importance for Ireland

Irish Times | Dec 5, 2020 at 7:00 AM
  • It seems a bit late in the day, if not the whole Anthropocene, for humans to think of giving half the Earth back to nature.
  • Catching up on decades of missed deadlines and slack national effort, not least in Ireland, an EU “nature restoration plan” will be backed by binding legal targets for repairing degraded and carbon-rich ecosystems, such as peatland.
  • All this, plus planting three billion trees, restoring 25,000km of rivers and cutting the use of pesticides by 50 per cent, is linked to the EU Farm to Fork Strategy.