Emerald Isle "not as green as it was"

Ireland's rural environment is under increasing pressure, the country's environmental protection agency has warned in a new report presenting 29 key indicators of progress. The indicators will support the environmental dimension of a forthcoming national spatial strategy. Key findings include concerns over agricultural intensification and Ireland's "booming" tourism industry. The report recommends new measures to control agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, "appropriate" nutrient management on all farms, creation of an integrated rural policy and research to produce better data on Irish biodiversity and natural resources. More from Irish EPA, tel: +353 53 47120, and see press release.

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