Posts Tagged ‘Environmental’

Ireland Bans Microbeads

With a bill soon to be introduced by the Dáil, Ireland is set to be the first country in the European Union to ban the use of plastic microbeads in household cleaners and toiletries. Microbeads are tiny bits of plastic, less than a millimeter in diameter, that are put into some personal care products suchRead more..

Are We Doing Enough?

Ireland’s Role in Global Climate Change. ℘℘℘ Welcome to the Emerald Isle. A country so verdant that Johnny Cash sang of the 40 shades of green that could be found in its rolling hills and valleys. But how green is Ireland, really? What is the country doing to protect its environment? What role is itRead more..

What’s on Tap?

Belfast Takes on Plastic. ℘℘℘ Professor Chris Elliot and Dr. Cuong Cao are co-leading a project at Queen’s University Belfast to raise awareness about potentially harmful materials found in tap water, bottled water, and other goods that humans ingest regularly. The story has been told before – plastic waste is bad for the environment –Read more..

The Cry of the Curlew

Irish Plant and Animal Life Endangered ℘℘℘ One third of the species of Irish plant and animal wildlife are in danger of extinction, according to the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT). On the endangered list are a large proportion of marine life, insects, and plants, including the alpine saxifrage (a perennial plant), the angel shark, birdsRead more..

Earth Day, and the Irish American Who Started It

On April 22, 1970, millions of people participated in events across the country in the first celebration of Earth Day. According to a New York Times article about the event, more than 2,000 colleges participated, 10,000 K-12 schools, and a couple thousand towns. The wire services tallied the total participation at 20 million across theRead more..

On the Waterfront

Joe Weatherby repurposes old ships, such as the USS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a decommissioned World War II troop carrier, and turns them into eco-friendly sunken reefs that support sea life, attract divers, and even become an underwater museum.  Combine the Life of Riley with a good amount of Walter Mitty; toss in a heapRead more..

Spotlight On: Sue Cischke

One of Ford Motor Company’s highest-ranking female executive is retiring after 35 years in the business. Cischke, Group Vice President for Sustainability, Environment and Safety, tells Sheila Langan about her love of Ireland, career highlights, and the intuitive cars of the future. There is one particular conversation that Sue Cischke recalls from when, engineering degreeRead more..

The Pipe: Small Irish Town Meets Big Oil

A new documentary from Ireland sheds light on the Corrib pipeline plans in Rossport, Co. Mayo. In 2005, Rossport was a small, peaceful costal village in Co. Mayo, Ireland. Risteard Ó Domhnaill was living there, on his uncle’s farm, and working as a camera man. Then Shell, the international oil company, came to town withRead more..

Going Green: Environmentalism in Business

As we present our annual Business 100 list, a celebration of the best and the brightest Irish-American executives and their standout achievements in the corporate world, we remain committed to highlighting progressive and innovative examples of business and industry. The following companies and executives are pioneers in using ecological thinking to fuel successful business. FromRead more..

Living Green with Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr. is an actor and environmental activist whose work spans the gamut in terms of genre and cross-generational appeal. His breakthrough role was as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the hit TV show St. Elsewhere, which earned him six Emmy nominations. Since then, his career has included film, television and stage work, and hisRead more..