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Links for 2019-08-16

  • “Trees in early Ireland” – Augustine Henry Memorial Lecture, Royal Dublin Society

    ‘In this article an attempt is made to identify all the twenty-eight trees and shrubs which are listed in Old Irish law-text of about the eight century AD. There is also an account of trees which are mentioned in early Irish poetry and proverbs, as well as brief description of woods and woodland management in pre-Norman Ireland. The article concludes with a discussion of tree-references in early English, Scottish and Welsh sources.’ Particularly noteworthy are the 7 “lords of the wood” (airig fedo): 1. Dair ‘oak’ (Quercus robur, Quercus petraea) 2. Coil ‘hazel’ (Corylus avellana) 3. Cuilenn ‘holly’ (Ilex aquifolium) 4. Ibar ‘yew’ (Taxus baccata) 5. Uinnius ‘ash’ (Fraxinus excelsior) 6. Ochtach ‘Scots pine’ (Pinus sylvestris) 7. Aball ‘wild apple-tree’ (Malus pumila) (via Valen)

    (tags: lords-of-the-wood woods forestry forest history ireland trees shrubs woodland rewilding via:valen)

  • Irish State told to delete ‘unlawful’ data on 3.2m citizens

    This is amazing:

    The State has been told it must delete data held on 3.2 million citizens, which was gathered as part of the roll-out of the Public Services Card, as there is no lawful basis for retaining it. In a highly critical report on its investigation into the card, the Data Protection Commission found there was no legal reason to make individuals obtain the card in order to access State services such as renewing a driving licence or applying for a college grant. […] Helen Dixon, the Data Protection Commissioner, told The Irish Times that forcing people to obtain such a card for services other than those provided by the department was “unlawful from a data-processing point of view”.

    (tags: psc ireland politics data-privacy privacy data-collection dpo dpc)

  • Climeworks Shop

    direct-to-consumer sales for carbon-sequestration tech — effectively crowdfunding CCS with a monthly subscription

    (tags: co2 climate carbon-sequestration ccs crowdfunding)

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