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# Climate emergency

This year
2023
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Analysis: Can Ireland tackle climate change without a credible medium or long-term plan?
Assistant Professor in climate law, Dr Orla Kelleher looks at Ireland’s record on climate and finds we’re coming up short.
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Opinion: Investment in agriculture shouldn't be about the status quo - but on moving away from intensive farming
Dr Emma Howard explains the economics of climate change – like how it’s counterintuitive to heavily subsidise a carbon-intensive product like beef.
Last year
2022
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Malcolm Noonan: It's not enough to watch threatened species struggle to survive
The Green Party TD looks at the agreement at Cop 15 Biodiversity conference in Canada and says time is running out for nature.
Opinion: The EU's climate weakness this week will be welcomed by the biggest polluters
Trócaire’s Caoimhe de Barra says the EU watering down of legislation on big polluters this week was a huge disappointment.
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Ciarán Cuffe: Global climate action is not just for COP
As COP27 closes, the Irish MEP calls for more consistent climate action.
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Opinion: Climate change is no laughing matter but comedy can help
Diane O’Connor is a stand-up comedian and climate activist – she says comedy is a powerful art form in the battle against climate despair.
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Opinion: Climate offsetting is merely a damaging and ineffective accounting trick
Dr Stephen Onakuse says time is running out and large polluters are relying too heavily on greenwashing.
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John Gibbons: If you're offended by soup thrown on a painting then you're missing the point
The environmental campaigner says scientists have been warning us about climate change for decades, but no one has listened.
# Carbon Tax
Carbon tax rose today but any fuel price increases will be offset by levy cut
Carbon tax increases on fuels other than petrol and diesel will come into effect next year.
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Opinion: This planet is not one we 'own' - it's a resource we share
Environmental campaigner Jamie Rohu says we must rethink our relationship with the natural world.
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Opinion: Climate transition must happen - it's up to us whether by design or by disaster
Climate expert Ali Sheridan says we must call out obstacles to climate action – the misinformation, the lobbying, the delay tactics, the whataboutery.
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Climate activist: 'As we humans adapt to heatwaves, the quiet death of nature continues'
Irish climate activist Jessica Dunne says she fears this beautiful planet is running out of time.
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Fire chief: Last week we witnessed the arrival of climate change in Britain
Dave Walton of Yorkshire Fire and Rescue describes the extreme conditions they faced last week and warns that it’s just the beginning.
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Opinion: A citizen's assembly is one of many steps necessary to preserve Ireland's biodiversity
The Fianna Fáil TD welcomes news this week that Cabinet is to consider a citizen’s assembly on biodiversity.
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Opinion: What is deliberative democracy and how can it bring about climate action?
Ursula Quill makes the argument for the role of democratic movements like Citizen’s Assemblies in the face of the climate crisis.
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Opinion: Recycling soft plastics is fine but we must simply stop using them
Mindy O’Brien says the changes to the recycling of plastics should not mean a ‘get out of jail free’ card for plastic manufacturers and businesses.
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Opinion: Five changes you can make to guide your children to a greener life
David Maher from SOLAS in Co Laois shares his tips on how we can teach children to live sustainably.
# IPCC report
Poll: Do you feel you can make a difference in the fight against climate change?
The world has been left reeling after yet another damning UN report on climate change this week.
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Bríd Smith: At least Nero fiddled while Rome burned - some in government here just hide
The People Before Profit TD says the fact it took the country’s leading politicians 24 hours to react to the IPCC report is telling.
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John Gibbons: We cannot fall prey to lobbyists as they set about picking the IPCC report apart
John Gibbons says we no longer have the luxury of hitting the ‘snooze’ button after yesterday’s climate report.
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Charlie McConalogue: Farming and climate ambitions can co-exist
The agriculture minister says he’s confident Irish farmers will embrace climate change policies that are needed to tackle the climate crisis.
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Ciarán Cuffe: Court cases are leading the fight on climate change across Europe
But the MEP says while the citizen-led revolution is inspiring, legislators must do better on climate.
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John Gibbons: Pacific Northwest heatwave shows Earth is now running a dangerous fever
The environmentalist says we ignore the record-breaking temperatures this week at our peril.
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Bríd Smith: Data centres are the elephant in the room when it comes to climate policy
The People Before Profit TD says Ireland’s society and climate will not gain anything from data centres.
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Opinion: One challenge for the DUP in power will be to finally accept a climate bill
Thomas Muinzer says Northern Ireland waited a long time for a climate bill and now gets two.
# global emergency
Two-thirds of world say humanity faces a climate emergency: UN global poll
UNDP chief Achim Steiner says the poll also reveals how people want their policymakers to take action.
# Paris Agreement
UN chief urges world leaders to declare climate emergency
Last year Ireland became the second country in the world to declare a climate emergency.
# Climate emergency
Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight than ever before
The clock, which serves as a metaphor for global apocalypse, is now set at 100 seconds to midnight.
# Global Warning
Heat added to earth's oceans over 25 years equals '3.6 billion Hiroshima atom bomb explosions'
Last year’s ocean temperature was about 0.075 degrees Celsius above the 1981-2010 average.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
Europe-wide climate emergency declared by EU Parliament
The resolution was adopted with 429 votes to 225.
# climate action
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg sets sail for New York on a zero-emissions yacht
The climate activist is going to New York for a conference but won’t be meeting Donald Trump.
# Climate emergency
Extinction Rebellion stage 'bloody' (but green-friendly) protest outside the Dáil
The protest was timed to support the Climate Emergency Measures Bill.