The Environmental Protection Agency is warning that the future of Ireland's environment is 'not optimistic' unless urgent action is taken.

The report says some bird species - such as the curlew - are under threat, and air quality doesn't meet WHO standards in some urban areas.

It says littering remains a big problem, and the number of very clean rivers in Ireland has fallen by 96 per cent in the past 30 years.

The report shows that almost 90% of our energy is generated from fossil fuels, giving rise to greenhouses gases, more than 1 million tonnes of food waste is generated in Ireland each year, and raw sewage is being discharged into water from 35 towns and villages.

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