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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# climate action

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# United Nations
Higgins at UN: 'No challenge facing international community is more urgent than climate action'
Higgins was addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York this evening.
Many megacities to be hit annually by extreme weather in 2050, UN warns
Tropical storms will continue to amplify their destructive potential even if global warming is capped at two degrees Celsius, the UN warned.
# Fossil Fuels
Taoiseach tells UN Climate Summit that exploration for oil in Irish waters will end
During his speech, Varadkar said he wants Ireland to be known as a “green country”.
# Climate Change
'How dare you?': Greta Thunberg slams world leaders at UN climate summit
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump made a brief unscheduled appearance today at the summit.
# rising temperatures
'The hottest five-year period on record': The findings of a stark new climate report
It comes ahead of a major UN climate summit tomorrow that will be attended by more than 60 world leaders.
# leo in the us
Taoiseach urged to tell banks to stop investing in fossil fuels during his UN speech in New York
Varadkar will attend the UN General Assembly and address the summit on sustainable development goals.
# climate action
'We won't need as many car mechanics': Calls for new commission to plan for industries impacted by green policies
The Green Party’s Just Transition bill will not be opposed by government.
# Interview
Micheál Martin puts pressure on Fine Gael to include green policies in this year's Budget
Martin wants the government to set a target for when it will be fossil-free.
# cut waste
'Radical' new government strategy to ban single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws
The plans will see Ireland adhering to a direction from the European Council made in May.
Opinion: Irish people must reduce meat and dairy consumption and production to tackle emissions
Ireland is the third worst country in the EU for tackling climate change.
# Social Democrats
Catherine Murphy interview: 'This government has got away with murder because of Brexit'
The Social Democrats co-leader spoke to us about commuter gridlock and her party’s view on working with Labour.
# deep retrofit scheme
Retrofit scheme: Pre-deadline applications WILL be processed despite closure
The minister has sought to assure homeowners worried about the end of the pilot programme.
# deep retrofit scheme
Minister told Dáil that home retrofit scheme had €6 million left. Seven weeks later, it closed down.
Contractors who worked in providing them have said the pulling of the scheme is a “massive slap in the face”.
# 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.
Saoirse McHugh: How to deal with the feeling of hopelessness in the face of climate change
The Green Party candidate says people must unite to fight against climate change.
# climate action
Minister in favour of 'naming and shaming' supermarkets that fail to reduce plastic packaging
Minister Richard Bruton says he is willing to take a tougher stance on supermarkets who fail to pull their weight when it comes to reducing plastics.
# green agenda
Carbon tax model that pays money back to households to be discussed
The Green Party is hosting today’s discussion in Leinster House featuring Irish and international experts.
# extinction rebellion
Protesters lock themselves to department doors in protest over Climate Emergency Bill blocking
The bill was blocked from progressing by the government last week.
# extinction rebellion
'We have to do more': Extinction Rebellion stage protest in Dublin against commercial forestry
The protest took place as Forestry Industries Ireland held a conference inside the National Botanic Gardens.
# Your Say
Poll: Was the Government right to halt the Climate Emergency Bill in the Dáil?
Countries, including France and Belize, have introduced similar emergency bills to reduce carbon emissions.
# climate action
Decision to halt Climate Emergency Bill described as 'utter hypocrisy' on side of the Government
Organisations including Ibec and the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA) have welcomed the Government’s decision.
# mark field
UK minister suspended after grabbing female climate protester by the neck
Mark Field has said he “acted instinctively” when he saw the woman and feared she may be armed.
# climate action
Ireland is 'buying' its way out of meeting its emission targets by spending €86.8m worth of carbon credits
TD Seán Fleming said it was ‘the biggest act of gross hypocrisy’ at play.
# air pollution
Enniscorthy to become the New Delhi of Ireland if smoky coal ban not rolled out, Dáil hears
The delay in expanding the smoky coal ban nationwide is due to fears over court action.
# Climate emergency
Extinction Rebellion stage 'bloody' (but green-friendly) protest outside the Dáil
The protest was timed to support the Climate Emergency Measures Bill.
# climate action
'I find that quite insulting': Smith hits out at govt over opposition of Climate Emergency Bill
Bríd Smith TD was speaking before the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
# Energy
Bruton: 'When the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine, we need a back-up - and it remains oil and gas'
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said Fine Gael can’t be taken seriously on climate action if they support oil and gas drilling.
# Fridays for Future
Thousands of Irish schoolchildren join strike to demand government action on climate change
It follows a strike held by schoolchildren in Ireland earlier this year.
# recycling
Ministers to order State bodies to decarbonise under new Climate Action Plan
Public agencies will have to reduce food waste, promote water conservation, and roll out recycling practices.
Ireland just became the second country to declare a climate emergency after a 'strange' Dáil vote
Climate activist Greta Thunberg described tonight’s move as “great news”.
# Climate Change
'Be the hero, not the villain': Protesting students wrote to Taoiseach urging him to take climate action
Thousands of students attended climate change demonstrations across the country in March.
# Climate Change
'This is an emergency': Extinction Rebellion comes to Dublin as sit-down protest blocks O'Connell Street
The movement was formed late last year and has grown rapidly.
# Poll
Poll: Should teenagers be encouraged to reduce meat intake as part of their schooling?
The IFA is not happy with a new An Taisce pamphlet.
# Climate Change
Taoiseach says climate change protests are 'welcome' and 'inspiring'
Earlier this month, the Taoiseach said he supported school students going on strike.
# nationwide protests
'We're going to go extinct if we don't do something': Irish school students on why they're striking for climate action
Students from across the country are joining the global Schools Strike for Climate Action.
Opinion: 'Ireland only made its pollution targets in 2010 by crashing the economy'
Every day we delay the inevitable transition to sustainable energy – makes it more costly and disruptive, writes Oisin Coghlan.
# Katowice
UN climate summit: The three key outcomes you need to know
Minister for Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, said Ireland is fully committed to implementing the Paris Agreement.
# Katowice
'Urgent threats': Climate talks kick off in Poland today
Envoys from almost 200 nations have gathered in Poland’s southern city of Katowice.
# Emissions
Photos: London bridges reopen after 85 people arrested over climate change protests
Hundreds of protesters blocked bridges across the UK capital today.
# Off the Road
You won't be able to buy a petrol or diesel car in Ireland after 2030
NCT certs will not be issued for non-zero emissions cars.