Environment

Environment

Major pollution incident after massive slurry spill

A number of fish have died in a Co Tyrone river following a major pollution incident which is currently being investigated.

Environment
A wind turbine. (Archive pic)

Cookstown wind farm plan refused

Mid Ulster District Council’s Planning Committee has turned down a controversial plan for the construction of eight wind turbines near Cookstown.

Environment
Farmers urged to attend fire safety talk

Farmers urged to attend fire safety talk

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on rural affairs Declan McAleer has welcomed an information session to be held by the Fire Service to highlight the impact of wildfires and the safer management of gorse.

Environment
Snow has affected various parts of Northern Ireland this week

Slow thaw expected as Beast from the East loosens grip

Temperatures are set to rise slightly over the coming days following a week of sub-zero conditions and snow storms which are continuing to impact across parts of Northern Ireland.

Transport
The A5

A5 road project facing fresh delay

A new legal challenge to Northern Ireland’s biggest roads project will be heard in June, it was confirmed on Tuesday.

Crime
Heavy snow on the A8 at Ballyboley on Tuesday

Twenty-five crashes by rush hour as NI braces for more snow

More snowy conditions are expected in the days ahead after icy flurries gripped the Province on Tuesday, with a spate of road crashes taking place amid the wintry weather.

Environment
The cold snap continues to impact on some roads. Stock image.

Up to four inches of snow expected in parts of Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is expected to experience snowfall on Tuesday and Wednesday, leading up to some very blustery conditions by Wednesday night.

Environment
A generic image of a dog being captured by authorities in England

Single council accounted for 39% of dogs destroyed by local authorities

The numbers of dogs killed by local authorities varies to an extraordinary degree across each of the Province’s 11 council areas, a breakdown of new figures indicates.

Crime
Category C Best black and white picture. 2nd prize - Western lowland gorilla by Fiona Beattie

Belfast Zoo exposes winners of 34th annual photography competition!

The winners of Belfast Zoo’s annual photographic competition have now been selected.

Environment

VIDEO: Endangered wildlife being sold over social media warn animal rescuers

Wildlife police have highlighted the growing use of social media such as Facebook to sell endangered animals as they seized nine critically rare slow lorises from cyber-smugglers.

Environment
File photo dated 02/10/2007 of Tesco carrier bags in a shopping trolley. Photo credit: Ali Waggie/PA Wire

Tesco to scrap 5p plastic bags in favour of 10p bags for life

From the end of August single use plastic bags will no longer be available in Tesco stores in Northern Ireland.

Business
Dullest and wettest June for five years, warmer than usual

Dullest and wettest June for five years, warmer than usual

The Armagh Observatory has reported that June 2017 was dull, wet and warmer than average.

Offbeat
Brazilian scandal hits Moy Park finance rating

Brazilian scandal hits Moy Park finance rating

Dungannon’s largest employer, Moy Park, has moved to distance itself from ongoing investigations into its parent company in Brazil.

Environment
Up to two million tonnes of sand are dredged every year from Lough Neagh

Judges quash Lough Neagh dredging verdict

A decision not to order an immediate halt to the unauthorised extraction of up to two million tonnes of sand a year from Lough Neagh is to be quashed, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Crime
Wind farms

Wind farms costing £41m opened near Pomeroy

Renewable energy group, Gaelectric, has officially opened the ££41m Inishative and Cregganconroe wind farms near Pomeroy.

Environment
Bonfire site at Monrush in Cookstown

Asbestos dumped at Cookstown bonfire sparks safety alert

A warning has gone out to bonfire builders across Mid Ulster to be on the look out for hazardous materials.

Environment
The Small Blue Butterfly discovered in Co Fermanagh

Rare butterfly previously feared extinct discovered in Northern Ireland

A surveyor from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency has discovered a rare butterfly previously thought to be extinct in the province.

Offbeat
Councillor Ronan McGinley, Chair of the Council's Environment Committee believes the impressive recycling rate is a credit to the residents of Mid Ulster

Mid Ulster residents credited for raising waste food recycling rate

Mid Ulster has achieved the highest household waste recycling rate of all 11 councils for 2016-2017.

Environment
Wood pellets

RHI list: Officials withhold 48 claimants’ names

Although the vast majority of the names of non-domestic RHI claimants have been released, details of some major claimants have been withheld – with little explanation as to the reasons for each decision.

Environment
Wood pellets

IN FULL: Non-domestic RHI claimant list

The Department for the Economy has today published the full list of individuals and companies who have received more than £5,000 under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

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