• April 29, 2022

    Flood risk is an area of global and national concern, with a vast history of flooding across Ireland. While flooding is a natural phenomenon, development within the floodplain has exacerbated the impact of flooding on people, the economy, and the env …

  • March 31, 2022

    The 1987 United Nations (UN) Brundtland Report defined sustainable development as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Forty-five years later, a recent report …

  • February 24, 2022

    The December 2015 Climate Conference in Paris (COP21) set as its target the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 20% between 2021 and 2030 across the European Union.  This target was increased to 30% in the Glasgow Climate Pact at COP26 in Novemb …

  • December 8, 2021

    Blanket bogs are the most extensive of Ireland’s peatlands, originally covering an area of c.7750km2, and accounting for 8% of the world’s blanket bogs. But why exactly are they so important…? Where did they come from? Bogs represent compacted mass …

  • November 24, 2021

    It is difficult to comprehend that across many countries worldwide there is severe drought and a scarcity of fresh drinking water, while here in Ireland we are prone to rainfall year-round and many of us have fresh drinking water from the turn of a t …

  • September 22, 2021

    Since the company’s foundation in 1952, TOBIN have a proud history of providing engineering services for the delivery of water supplies to rural Ireland. Until the 1950s piped water supplies only existed in Ireland’s towns and cities and public water …

  • August 19, 2021

    A couple of years ago now, I was talking to the caretaker of a public water supply scheme and he told me a story which I found both funny and thought provoking. I have found myself repeating the story, in order to make a point, on a number of occasio …

  • June 24, 2021

    The construction industry is one of the oldest and largest in the world and plays a vital role towards the economic growth and development of all industrialised nations. Construction projects are faced with many challenges that vary at each stage of …

  • May 4, 2021

    It may come as a surprise to hear that there is no truly correct way of representing the earth as a flat image. The way our planet is represented on a world globe, on a flat paper map or as a flat image on our screens, is related to Projections. A wo …

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