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# climate action

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Not a breeze
Young people are least confident in Irish government's efforts on environment
New international polling on people’s views about climate change has examined perceptions in Ireland.
International polling on people's views about climate change examines perceptions in Ireland about the threat of the crisis.
Just over one in three people in Ireland think that governments are taking necessary measures to protect the environment.
85% of Irish people polled believe that rising global temperatures are a threat to humanity.
Net-zero climate policies will save lives by improving health, study finds
Eamon Ryan 'absolutely supports' Greta Thunberg and protesters against German mine expansion
# climate action
Net-zero climate policies will save lives by improving health, study finds
Research found retrofitting homes with insulation can be a major contributor to better health.
This month
January 2023
# electric vehicles
High-powered EV chargers to be installed every 60km along all main roads under new Govt plan
€100 million fund to provide chargers along the main road network.
# climate action
Extinction Rebellion ‘to temporarily shift away from public disruption’ tactics
Activists have gained notoriety for blockading train lines, airports and roads, causing chaos for commuters.
Last year
2022
THE MORNING LEAD
Demands on government to step up on climate crisis as new action plan takes hold
A report by
Lauren Boland
The Climate Action Plan 2023 contains a suite of measures aimed at cutting emissions – but its performance over the last year was mixed.
'Substantial concern' over gap in emissions reductions as new Climate Action Plan released
Debunked: Five common climate myths and why they're wrong
# climate action
Over half of Irish Gen Zers want car-free zones in cities and the banning of domestic flights
New research studied young people’s attitudes to climate, their personal actions, and their opinions on hypothetical policies.
# falling behind
Number of delayed climate measures snowballs as new Climate Action Plan nears
The Department of Environment was the worst performer of any government department in the third quarter of the year.
# COP27
Open Newsroom - COP27: What did we learn in Egypt?
Get on-the-ground, real-time analysis from the COP27 summit as it reaches its conclusion.
# Laggard
'We cannot opt out': Minister defends record as Ireland lags mid-table in climate action report
In a new report, Ireland and Poland were the only EU countries to receive a very low rating efforts to curb emissions.
# COP27
Hundreds of climate campaigners stage protest at COP27 summit
The protesters marched through the conference’s ‘Blue Zone’, which is considered a UN territory and ruled by international law.
# climate action
Activists highlight Ireland’s famine history as they call for climate action
Campaigners have staged a protest at the Famine Memorial statues in Dublin to mark Global Day of Climate Action
# climate action
Government leaders fail to reach agreement on agriculture emissions reduction targets
Negotiations are set to continue tonight and tomorrow morning.
# Energy
EU Parliament votes down objection to divisive 'sustainable' label for nuclear and gas
Ireland’s two Fianna Fáil MEPs took opposite sides of the debate.
# Hot Water
Department of Environment reports worst progress on Climate Action Plan of any department
Only 59% of climate measures that were due to be completed by March were delivered.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
How can citizens take climate action? Avoid long-haul flights and eat less meat, UN experts say
“Avoid, shift, improve” are ways individuals can curb climate emissions, a landmark UN report said.
# climate action
Climate Action Delivery Board scraps requirement for itself to report to Government every quarter
The Board is also no longer required to present an annual progress report to Government.
# Retrofitting
Government announces plans for grants to cover up to 50% of cost for deep home retrofit
Up to 50% of deep retrofitting costs will be covered under the new grant scheme.
Up to 50% of deep retrofitting costs will be covered under the new grant scheme.
Grants of as much as around €25,000 will be offered for private homes to cover half the costs of a deep retrofit.
Explainer: Here's how the government's ambitious retrofitting grant scheme is meant to work
Junior minister tells people to tackle high cost of living by switching suppliers
THE MORNING LEAD
Clear climate information can strongly affect support for action, Irish study finds
A report by
Lauren Boland
New research has investigated the public’s understanding of climate change and how it affects support for action.
A new Irish study has investigated the public's understanding of climate change and how it affects support for action, Lauren Boland reports.
People who are provided with information about climate change and its causes are more likely to be in favour of measures to tackle it.
But we tend to underestimate the benefits of high-impact actions, such as eating less meat, and overestimate low-impact actions like recycling.
Ireland felt above-average temperatures in 2021 for the 11th year in a row
'A step on the road': The climate action that Ireland will - and won't - take in 2022
THE MORNING LEAD
At least five Irish MEPs to oppose contentious 'green' label for gas and nuclear power
A report by
Lauren Boland
A European Commission proposal would classify natural gas and nuclear power as sustainable investments, sparking backlash from anti-nuclear states.
Five Irish MEPs will oppose a controversial green label for natural gas and nuclear power, with others still to decide, Lauren Boland reports.
The European Commission proposal would classify gas and nuclear as sustainable investments, which has sparked backlash from anti-nuclear countries.
Ireland's Department of Finance and the Department of the Environment are now considering the draft text.
'A step on the road': The climate action that Ireland will - and won't - take in 2022
Ireland split on whether to build a nuclear power station for clean energy
All time
# Targets
Ireland missed its overall renewable energy target for 2020
Ireland’s overall share of renewable energy in 2020 was 13.5% and the target was 16%.
THE MORNING LEAD
'Critical gaps' between government's climate plans and what it's actually doing - report
A report by
Lauren Boland
The Climate Change Advisory Council is concerned about missed targets and delayed measures inhibiting efforts to fight the climate crisis.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you get solar panels for your home?
Solar panels can be used to generate electricity or hot water.
# Climate Change
Climate action benefits are not just environmental, says Ryan
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan spoke at the party’s national convention this evening.
# climate action
74% of young car owners plan to cut down on trips or switch to electric, poll finds
However, 32% of car owners overall do not plan on making any change to the number of journeys they take.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
'It's not nearly enough': Some positives to COP26 deal, but experts say much more is needed
The reaction to the Glasgow Climate Pact has been mixed across the world.
# Climate
Ryan says Europe faces 'critical moment' as COP26 negotiations continue
Negotiations at the Glasgow summit have continued into the weekend with deliberations over specific points.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland suspend building roads for the climate?
Wales has temporarily stopped building new roads, pending a review of projects as part of climate measures.
# Climate
World leaders urged to help negotiators in push for climate deal as COP26 enters final 48 hours
The conference has entered the last 48 hours of scheduled talks – but could overrun.
The conference has entered the last 48 hours of scheduled talks – but could overrun.
Yesterday, the UK COP presidency published a first draft of a deal that could be struck in Glasgow.
Eamon Ryan said yesterday the draft deal is "good" but needs more elements added to it.
'We have to pull the brake': Wales has suspended building roads for the climate. Should Ireland?
COP26 draft cover deal 'good' but needs to be 'strengthened', Eamon Ryan says
# Climate
Draft COP26 pact calls for countries to strengthen climate action in 2022
The draft ‘cover decision’ has been published by the UK COP26 Presidency.
# killegar
Coillte decides not to sell forest lands in Wicklow after 'people power wins out'
The 39 acres were listed as ‘agricultural land’ for €250,000.
# Climate
Negotiations continue at COP26 as focus turns to women’s role in climate fight
Ministers are also set to speak on their countries’ approach to tackling crisis.
# cop26
Youth activists to march through Glasgow demanding climate action at COP26
Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate to join protesters on the streets.
# Climate Change
Government's much-awaited climate action plan will be published today
The three coalition leaders are expected to officially unveil the document later today.
# Glasgow
Five people arrested as hundreds of activists march in COP26 protests
Two of the arrests took place after a number of officers were sprayed with paint.
# climate action
‘A cold lesson for farmers’: Panelists say agriculture must lower emissions but sector needs support
The Journal hosted a panel in Athlone this evening to discuss COP26 and Ireland’s role in climate action.
# Climate Change
'Every second of delay makes our task that bit bigger': Taoiseach delivers Irish COP26 address
The Taoiseach spoke this afternoon at the UN climate summit in Glasgow.
The Taoiseach said that the world is already seeing the "serious impacts" of climate change.
Micheál Martin delivered Ireland's national statement from the COP26 summit in Glasgow.
He added: "If we act decisively now, we will offer humanity the most valuable prize of all – a liveable planet."
COP26: World leaders sign up to multibillion-dollar pledge to end deforestation by 2030
'Cautiously optimistic': Are Irish people going to COP26 feeling hopeful about the summit?
# Emissions
Dáil hears there are 'no proposals' to cull cattle as 80 countries sign pledge to cut methane
Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue said a reduction in slaughter age from 27 months to 24 months would help reduce emissions.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressed the COP26 summit this afternoon.
He said earlier that he size of the country’s cattle population should “remain stable”.
Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue said a reduction in average slaughter age from 27 months to 24 months would help reduce emissions.
'Every second of delay makes our task that bit bigger': Taoiseach delivers Irish COP26 address
# deforestation
COP26: World leaders sign up to multibillion-dollar pledge to end deforestation by 2030
The pledge is endorsed by more than 100 leaders representing over 85% of the world’s forests.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
'Cautiously optimistic': Are Irish people going to COP26 feeling hopeful about the summit?
We asked some of the Irish people heading to Glasgow: Are you feeling hopeful going into COP26?
# climate action
Eamon Ryan says carbon budget a 'significant milestone' in efforts to tackle climate change
The first proposed carbon budget was sent to the minister yesterday after long deliberations.