Relentless implementation of policy needed to combat effects of climate extremes

“We have, by any measure, experienced an extraordinary year where nature reminded us who is in charge. With our changing climate, the confident predictions are that we can expect extreme events at greater frequency into the future”, said Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, speaking at the annual ‘Environment Ireland’ conference. Laura Burke was […]

Citizens’ Assembly Report A Mandate For Revolutionising Ireland’s Climate Policy

The Citizens’ Assembly will publish its report on climate chang. The report includes the Assembly’s 13 recommendations on ‘how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change’. These were agreed by the Assembly after four days of expert presentations in 2017 and following a major public consultation which received close to 2000 submissions. The […]

Leo Lets Us All Down On Climate Change In Effort To Cosy Up To Trump

Friends of the Earth has accused Leo Varadkar of dropping a diplomatic clanger on climate change in his effort to cosy up to Trump. While speaking publicly in the U.S. today, the Taoiseach said he was “happy to take credit” for the rejection of a planning application for a wind farm near Trump’s Doonbeg golf course […]

2018 Will Be Defining Year – IFA

Addressing the 63rd Annual General Meeting of the Irish Farmers Association in Dublin today (Tues), IFA President Joe Healy said 2018 will be a defining year for farming. Never before have such major challenges as Brexit, the CAP Budget, Mercosur and climate change converged in a single year. He said IFA will be there to represent the […]

Ireland’s Changing Climate Is Projected To Result In Wide Ranging Economic And Societal Impacts – EPA

“Observations of the atmosphere, oceans and land show that Ireland’s climate is changing. The observed scale and rate of change is similar to global trends. These changes are projected to continue and increase over the coming decades,” said Dr Margaret Desmond, lead author of one of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research reports being launched […]

Minister Naughten to deliver annual climate change statement today as Ireland’s reputation on climate action lies in tatters

Minister Naughten will come before the Seanad today (Wednesday 29 November) to deliver the Government’s second annual statement on Ireland’s action on climate change. The statement is a requirement under the 2015 Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act. As part of this statement, all relevant Ministers (for energy, transport, agriculture and housing) are required […]

Expert Report Ranks Ireland Worst Country In Europe On Climate Change

The 2018 Climate Change Performance Index highlights Ireland as being the worst performing country in Europe for action on climate change. The Index, produced annually on the basis of joint analysis by two leading European think-tanks, places Ireland 49th out of 59 countries, a drop of 28 places from last year.   Jerry Mac Evilly, Policy Coordinator for the […]

Ireland’s two-faced game on climate change in the spotlight as EU Environment Ministers meet

As Minister Naughten meets with other Environment Ministers today (13th October 2017) to discuss key EU climate change legislation, the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition has called the Government’s approach to EU negotiations shameful and hypocritical. Ireland has pushed for the inclusion of several loopholes in proposed legislation concerning reductions in polluting emissions to be made by […]

Stop Climate Chaos Coalition

Individuals, NGOs and businesses from Ireland and around the world already have had the opportunity to voice their concerns to the Citizens’ Assembly through a major public consultation. The consultation was a great success with the Assembly receiving close to 1,200 submissions, which are available online. Speaking on behalf of Ireland’s Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, Jerry […]

Citizens’ Assembly to kick off ground-breaking examination of Ireland’s response to climate change

On September 30th, the Citizens’ Assembly will begin a ground-breaking process in democratic decision-making on climate change. The Assembly will discuss the topic ‘how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change’. It will hear presentations from international experts and, after a second weekend of debate on November 5th, will vote on recommendations to […]

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