30 tonnes of toxic waste found
Published: Thursday, 05 December 2013
Almost 30 tonnes of toxic waste have been recovered after the discovery of a diesel laundering plant in south Armagh.
Earthquake recorded off west Cork
Published: Wednesday, 04 December 2013
An earthquake measuring 2.6 magnitude has been recorded off the coast of west Cork.
New home for 1,100-year-old cross
Published: Wednesday, 04 December 2013
A 1,100-year-old cross is being moved from its location at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick to a new location at a local museum.
Trees to solve Cave Hill 'foxhunt' row
Published: Thursday, 28 November 2013
Conservationists and mountain bikers, who had been at odds over the use of Cave Hill for a downhill chase, are joining forces to plant a 1,000-strong native tree copse on the north Belfast landmark.
New year decision on Exploris closure
Published: Thursday, 21 November 2013
A decision by Ards Borough Council on whether to close the Exploris aquarium has been put off for another two months after funding was proposed from the Department of Environment.
Madonna calls for charity activists' release
Published: Sunday, 17 November 2013
Madonna has become the latest star to call for the release of a group of Greenpeace protesters incarcerated in Russia.
Vandals 'blight of Lagan Towpath'
Published: Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Vandals who damaged and defaced property along the scenic Lagan Towpath have been told to "have some consideration for others".
Fewer winter birds at Lough Neagh
Published: Wednesday, 13 November 2013
The winter bird population at Lough Neagh has declined by more than three quarters, according to researchers at Queen's University, Belfast.
Farmers welcome national parks decision
Published: Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Farmers will be relieved by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan’s decision to not take legislation for national parks forward, according to Ulster Farmers’ Union President Harry Sinclair.
Major toxic waste find in Co Armagh
Published: Thursday, 31 October 2013
Twenty tonnes of toxic waste have been uncovered in south Armagh by officials investigating an illicit fuel plant.
Up to 400 jobs to be created at Down site
Published: Monday, 21 October 2013
Plans to redevelop a derelict textile factory, turning it into a multimillion-pound development site, have been given the green light by the Environment Minister.
'Worry' over Britain's new nuclear plant
Published: Monday, 21 October 2013
A landmark deal which will create Britain's first new nuclear plant in a generation has been described as "deeply worrying" by an SDLP MP.
'Best year ever' for NI beach waters
Published: Thursday, 17 October 2013
The bathing water at Northern Ireland's beaches is the cleanest it has ever been.
New Victoria Park bridge installed
Published: Monday, 14 October 2013
A new landmark pedestrian and cycle footbridge was installed in Victoria Park, Belfast over the weekend.
Cargo crew decontaminated after leak
Published: Thursday, 03 October 2013
Workers on a cargo ship and a dockhand had to be decontaminated after being exposed to leaking gas in a Co Down harbour, a report has revealed.
Decision to close Exploris deferred
Published: Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Councillors have voted to delay the closure of Exploris for two months amid hopes of funding from government departments.
NI gets new 'village' to teach safety
Published: Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Northern Ireland is set to get its first full-sized indoor village constructed specially to teach safety to young people - including features such as a road crossing, a dark alleyway, a farm and a courtroom.
No increase in carrier bag levy
Published: Monday, 09 September 2013
The Environment Minister has announced that an increase in the so-called plastic bag levy will not be introduced.
Call for cycling revolution
Published: Monday, 09 September 2013
Transport minister Danny Kennedy has called for a cycling revolution as he outlined plans to encourage more people to get on their bikes.
'Big cat' sightings reported in Co Down
Published: Monday, 02 September 2013
Police are investigating a number of alleged 'big cat' sightings in the Hillsborough and Dromora areas of Co Down following several animal attacks on sheep.
Ice Age link to quakes in Irish Sea
Published: Sunday, 25 August 2013
Two earthquakes recorded in the Irish Sea were most likely caused by stress on glaciers from the Ice Age being released, experts have said.
Funding boost for NI's coastal areas
Published: Friday, 23 August 2013
Coastal communities have been urged by the Environment Minister to apply for project funding available from a £600,000 pot aimed at improving Northern Ireland's seaside towns and villages.
'Major fishkill' at Co Down river
Published: Thursday, 22 August 2013
Water pollution has caused a major fishkill at a river off Strangford Lough in Co Down, the Department of Environment has confirmed.
Plastic bag use down 80% in NI
Published: Thursday, 22 August 2013
The number of single use carrier bags issued in Northern Ireland has dropped by over 80% since the introduction of a levy earlier this year.
Council proposes to make bins smaller
Published: Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Household waste bins in Belfast could be set to shrink if a city council proposal goes ahead.
Fourth red kite death in NI
Published: Tuesday, 20 August 2013
A leading nature charity is appealing for information after the death of another red kite in Northern Ireland.
Call to honour bravery of  quarry victim
Published: Tuesday, 13 August 2013
A coroner has recommended a posthumous bravery award for a man who died trying to rescue a boy from drowning in a disused quarry in Co Down.
Durkan and PM at odds over fracking
Published: Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Northern Ireland's Environment Minister Mark Durkan has clashed with the Prime Minister David Cameron over his support for fracking.
Newcastle centre to get £255k facelift
Published: Tuesday, 13 August 2013
The Social Development minister has announced a £255,000 boost to regenerate Newcastle, Co Down as a top tourist destination.
Meteor shower activity to peak on Monday
Published: Monday, 12 August 2013
A Perseid meteor shower will peak in activity on Monday evening, with a maximum of 50 -100 meteors per hour.
Call to clean NI's litter-strewn shores
Published: Wednesday, 07 August 2013
"Inconsiderate" people not tidying up after visiting Northern Ireland's shores have contributed to an average of over 4,000 pieces of litter per kilometre of beach, according to new research.
Phoenix Gas sold in major deal
Published: Friday, 02 August 2013
Northern Ireland's largest natural gas distribution and energy service has been sold in one of the biggest deals of its kind.
DUP seeks ministerial 'silly string' ban
Published: Friday, 02 August 2013
New Environment Minister Mark H Durkan could find himself tied up with an issue DUP councillors are hoping to drop on his desk - a proposed Northern Ireland-wide ban of so-called 'silly string'.
Plan to restore anchor hits stormy water
Published: Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Plans to restore a giant First World War anchor, which was raised from the seabed off the Co Donegal coast, have hit stormy waters.
Rare 'sprite' spotted during storm
Published: Wednesday, 31 July 2013
A rare atmospheric phenomenon, known as a 'sprite', has been caught on camera by the Armagh Observatory - one of very few such recordings in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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