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# 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.
'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.
# climate action
'Failing to act would have grave consequences': Proposed carbon budget charts new climate path
The carbon budget would see Ireland’s emissions fall by 95 million tonnes between 2021-2025 and 2026-2030.
# alok sharma
Cop26 climate deal will be harder than Paris, summit president says
The summit is due to get underway on 31 October.
# tensions
Taoiseach says Poland’s challenge of EU’s legal foundations went ‘too far’
Several EU officials insisted that there would be no ganging-up against Poland.
# Means The World
Where the crisis is 'catastrophic': How is Ireland helping countries facing climate threats?
“Covid has created a global awareness of the interaction of everybody together on one planet.”
# climate action
Over 20 climate and environmental groups call on EU to ban fossil fuel advertising
More than 80 Greenpeace activists blocked the entrance to Shell’s oil refinery in the Dutch port of Rotterdam.
# fuel costs
Carbon tax increase should be deferred due to surging fuel costs, ex-minister says
Mayo TD Michael Ring said ‘we are facing into an uncertain winter’.
# climate action
Greta Thunberg criticises ‘blah, blah, blah’ from world leaders on climate
The Swedish environmental figurehead spoke at a meeting of youth climate activists in Milan.
# Fridays for Future
Micheál Martin says he supports school pupils across the country striking for climate action
Protests have taken place in Cork, Dublin and Galway.
# climate action
Future 'wars over water and food if we do not act now' on climate crisis, EU parliament hears
A climate report has said the scale of recent changes to the climate system are “unprecedented” over hundreds and thousands of years.
# Targets
New climate action plan to be published in October
The plan will set out how the government intends to lower Ireland’s emissions and reach other climate goals.
'A new set of solutions': What measures can Ireland take to limit global warming this century?
A report by
Lauren Boland
Governments, industries and households all have a role they can play in achieving climate goals.
Governments, industries and households all have a role in achieving climate goals, Lauren Boland reports.
A major new UN report this week found lowering emissions is the key to stop temperatures rising.
"Use your vote. Vote with your wallet. Use your influence," one expert says.
Ireland's greenhouse gases reach highest in recorded history - report
Our future climate depends on lower emissions - how big of a change would bring a real impact?
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland be doing more to tackle climate change?
Ireland’s Climate Action Bill was enacted in July.
# Heatwave
'Irish temperature records will be broken in the coming years because we're in a climate crisis'
Ireland’s heatwave has saw temperatures exceed 30 degrees this week.
John Gibbons: Pacific Northwest heatwave shows Earth is now running a dangerous fever
Bríd Smith: Data centres are the elephant in the room when it comes to climate policy
# climate action
Concerns over 'last-minute' changes to how carbon emissions are calculated under Climate Action Bill
Campaigners worry about what the late changes will mean for Ireland’s carbon budgets.
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.
# free ride
Free public transport should be considered, says Oireachtas committee
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action has published a report on halving emissions in the transport sector by 2030.
# Waterford City
Waterford unveils ambitious plans to designation city as decarbonising zone
The plan was unveiled at the launch of Waterford’s new investment brand identity.
# Belgium
60,000 Belgians take government to court over alleged climate inaction
The pleadings, which began today, are due to last until 26 March.
# 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.
# zooming to zero
Over 1,200 constituents lobby TDs via Zoom calling for faster climate action and improved climate bill
The lobbying effort saw people voice their concerns with more than 90 Dáil deputies.
# climate action
2020 among the world’s hottest years as climate crisis continues
Met Éireann says Ireland’s weather so far this year indicates “further evidence of climate change”.
# 2020 environment
Irish performance on climate change 'very poor', says major EPA report
The Environmental Protection Agency today launched its State of the Environment report.
# Boglands
Cabinet approves €108 million funding for Bord na Móna rehabilitation plan
Environment and Climate Minister Eamon Ryan described the funding as a “major milestone”.
Grace O'Sullivan: You wait for one Climate Action Bill, then two come along
MEP Grace O’Sullivan gives a broad welcome to Ireland’s Climate Action Bill and the EU’s Climate Law, both on the table this week.
# climate action
'The impact of our actions on the planet is undeniable': Government launches Climate Action Bill
The 30-year programme commits to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
# greta thunberg
Greta Thunberg joins demonstrators outside Swedish Parliament for day of global climate protests
Thunberg started her solo protests outside Sweden’s parliament in Stockholm on 20 August 2018.
# Climate Change
'It will start getting cooler': Donald Trump dismisses climate change as cause of US wildfires
At least 35 people have died as wildfires blaze in the western states of California, Oregon and Washington.
# Eamon Ryan
Ban on some single-use plastic and levy on disposable cups: The government's plan to tackle waste
The five-year plan aims to “place Ireland at the vanguard of EU efforts”.
# extinction rebellion
Climate activists glue themselves to the ground in London and block road around Parliament
Extinction Rebellion and Animal Rebellion marked the third of 10 days of disruption in the city.
# Solving Solar
Power Down: How years of policy neglect left Ireland in the shadow of a solar revolution
We examine the key roadblocks that have limited small-scale solar power and if enough is now being done to hit impending EU targets.
# Green shoots
What to expect in the first 100 days of the new FF-FG-Green government
There are big challenges ahead. Here’s what to look out for.
# climate action
Thunberg urges world to tackle climate change with same urgency as coronavirus
The teenager hopes coronavirus will open up the discussion about deaths caused by climate change.
# just transition
Bord Na Mona to end peat harvesting, with €5 million going towards bog rehabilitation
No compulsory redundancies are expected, as workers will be retrained to work in bog rehabilitation
# climate action
Greenhouse gas emissions from Irish power generation and industrial companies fell by 8.7% last year
Aviation emissions from flights within the European Economic Area to Ireland rose by 2.8%.
# youth strike 4 climate
Greta Thunberg tells Bristol climate rally she 'will not be silent while world is on fire’
Thunberg was the headline speaker at the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate on College Green, Bristol.