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Climate Change

Climate change means a significant change in the measures of climate, such as temperature, rainfall, or wind, lasting for an extended period – decades or longer.

Climate Change and You

Learn more about what Ireland is doing about climate change.

Air

Air quality in Ireland is generally good however there are localised issues in some of our cities, towns and villages.

Air and You

What can you do about air quality?

Drinking water

Depending on where you live, your water supply either comes from a public water supply operated by Irish Water, or a private water supply such as group water schemes or your own household well.

Drinking water and You

Have you a private water supply? Learn more about how to protect your well.

Waste

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a number of roles with regard to waste.

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Waste and You

Learn more about waste

Freshwater and Marine

Fresh, clean water is vital for all life on earth. Ireland has some of the best water quality and cleanest beaches in Europe. Ireland’s climate means that there is usually enough water to meet the needs of its people and the surrounding environment. The EPA monitors and reports on the health of Ireland’s waters.

Water and you

You can help keep our waters clean

Radiation

The EPA assess exposure to radiation from sources in the environment through monitoring programmes and operates a graded authorisation system to register and licence any practice involving the use of radioactive sources or equipment such as X-ray.

Radiation and You

You are exposed to radiation from either natural or man-made sources present in the environment.

Waste water

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the environmental regulator of Irish Water. We issue and enforce authorisations for waste water discharges.

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Waste water and You

Have you a septic tank?

Noise

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the environmental regulator of Irish Water. We issue and enforce authorisations for waste water discharges.

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Noise and You

What can you do about noise?

Circular Economy

In the circular economy system, we replace our current take, make, use and dispose system. Instead, we use less raw materials, we design products for long-life and recyclability, we share products or use them for longer, we reuse and repair things before we recycle or throw them away.

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Circular economy and You

Learn about how you can participate in the circular economy

Radon

Radon gas is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to almost 300 lung cancer cases in Ireland each year. It is a serious public health hazard and the Government has published a strategy to tackle the problem.

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Radon & you

Check if you live in a high radon area.