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# Climate Change

Last month
August 2023
Amazon Summit ends with roadmap to protect rainforest but no concrete plan to end deforestation
Leaders from eight Amazon nations signed a declaration that set out plans to drive economic development while preventing the rainforest’s demise.
33 people dead and 18 others still missing after Beijing's heaviest rains on record
The recent downpours have damaged infrastructure and deluged swathes of the city’s suburbs and surrounding areas.
Over 1,000 evacuated as wildfires burn in Portugal
The temperature rose to a record 46.4 degrees Celsius in Santarem, central Portugal, yesterday.
Antarctica ‘suffering’ because of burning fossil fuels, scientists say
Heatwaves, ice shelf collapse and loss of sea ice have left experts shocked and concerned about the future.
Greta Thunberg pulls out of Edinburgh book festival, accusing a sponsor of 'greenwashing'
The event was due to take place at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 13 August.
Beijing records heaviest rainfall in 140 years
The amount of rain recorded in just 40 hours neared the average rainfall for the entire month of July.
Debunked: Climate change is not still being debated by scientists
A video shared on a farming organisation’s Facebook page contains misleading information.
July 2023
Irish climate activist: How my Just Stop Oil arrest gives me hope for the future
Dr Genevieve Shanahan is an Irish lecturer in Cardiff. She explains why she joined Just Stop Oil.
Major climate summit attendees asked to disclose affiliations after anger over fossil fuel lobbying
More than 600 fossil fuel lobbyists attended COP27 in Egypt last November, sparking concerns about the industry’s sway over climate policy.
Fire service says Greece wildfires mostly under control, but strong winds still a threat
More than 460 firefighters are still deployed in Rhodes, Corfu and central Greece as a precaution.
No climate agreement on peaking emissions at G20 environment meeting
No breakthrough was possible on several key points at the meeting of major economies today.
Pádraic Fogarty: 'Farmers' power has seeped like a smothering fog through Irish politics'
The environmental campaigner who quit the Irish Wildlife Trust this week says the farm organisations are blocking progress on green goals.
G20 environment ministers prepare for fresh bid for climate deals
Campaigners were dismayed earlier this year when the group failed to agree on a roadmap to cut fossil fuel use.
July on track to be the hottest month in recorded history
Searing heat intensified by global warming has baked parts of Europe, Asia and North America this month.
Debunked: Death Valley Park Rangers were joking wearing jackets and gloves during record temperatures
A conspiracy theorist tried to use the image to claim that record high temperatures are propaganda.
Taoiseach calls on airlines to be generous with wildfire-related compensation
Around 2,000 Irish holiday makers could be on the Greek islands of Corfu and Rhodes.
Important ocean current system could collapse by mid-century
The AMOC regulates how heat moves from the lower latitudes into the northern hemisphere.
Four departments were responsible for one climate action each last quarter - and failed to finish
Overall, 63% of actions due to be completed during the quarter were finished on time.
The era of climate change denial is mostly gone, Micheál Martin says
Severe heatwaves have gripped southern Europe, parts of the United States, Mexico and China this month.
Greta Thunberg removed by police again for trying to block access to a Swedish oil facility
The Swedish campaigner had earlier been fined 2,500 kronor (€217) for a previous protest.
Ireland will blow through carbon budgets without 'urgent' action - climate council
The Climate Change Advisory Council is “extremely concerned” that the government will clarify its climate plans “too late”.
Cairns accuses Irish Farmers' Association of 'denying reality' in defence of wildlife activist
Politicians have reacted to the sudden departure of an environment activist over a blog claiming that farm organisations were “lurching to the far-right”.
The Explainer: What is the Nature Restoration Law and how will it work in Ireland?
This week on The Explainer, we’re joined by Lauren Boland, climate reporter with The Journal, to examine what precisely this legislation is all about and why it sparked so much anger. Do environmentalists think the now-watered-down law will have any impact? And how does Ireland fit into the picture?
Opinion: 'Climate and biodiversity are not election issues' - it's time that changed
It’s important not to forget to advocate for nature, says Dr Donal Griffin of the Fair Seas campaign.
Irish citizens warned to 'stay away' from areas struck by Rhodes wildfires as 30k people evacuated
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it has been contacted by ‘a number of Irish citizens’ impacted by the fires.
The Department is advising Irish citizens to be alert and stay away from the affected areas.
High winds forecast for today are expected to hamper firefighters' battle to contain the blaze.
Police in the country have said it is the "biggest fire evacuation ever in Greece".
Larry Donnelly: Why is it that political will is lagging behind climate chaos?
Our columnist examines recent record temperatures across the globe and attitudes toward climate change in the US.
Climate activists set off smoke flare at Open Championship golf tournament
Just Stop Oil said three people in total were involved in the protest.
Nasa climatologist says July likely to be hottest month on record
Gavin Schmidt said the trend of extreme heat is unmistakable.
'Like opening an oven': Irish people in European heatwave recount 'unrelenting' heat
A report by
Lauren Boland
European countries have been hit over the last week by the Cerberus heatwave, with temperatures in the high 30s and 40s.
‘Fundamentally unhealthy’: No, you wouldn't choose 40 degrees over a rainy day in Ireland
‘Forty degrees makes it uncomfortable just to sit or lie down, let alone to do anything meaningful,’ said climatologist Peter Thorne.
High temperature records set to be broken as much of Europe prepares for heatwave peak
Health authorities have sounded alarms from North America to Europe and Asia, urging people to stay hydrated and shelter from the burning sun.
Martin could seek stricter rules on ads for products that could be harmful for climate
The Media Minister said “we need strong regulatory rules on sponsorship and product placement”.
Rescue workers recover last body from flooded South Korean tunnel where 14 people died
41 people were killed and another nine are still missing nationwide after the heavy downpours.
Ireland has become warmer across all seasons in the last 30 years
Levels of sunshine and rainfall have both increased over time.
Temperatures hit new highs as Northern Hemisphere suffers effects of historic heat wave
Health authorities have sounded alarms from North America to Europe and Asia, urging people to stay hydrated and shelter from the burning sun.
Why is Ireland relatively cool as the rest of Europe boils?
While the continent of Europe could record its hottest-ever temperature this week, Ireland has remained relatively cool.
Poll: How anxious are you about rising global temperatures?
Have your say.
South Korea president vows to 'overhaul' extreme weather approach after 40 die in flooding
‘This kind of extreme weather event will become commonplace – we must accept climate change is happening,’ President Yoon Suk Yeol said today.
Growth at all costs? Row over Irish dairy farms targeting African nations
As Ireland looks to grow its market share in Africa, experts point to local farmers being put out of business by cheaper imports.
Tens of millions battling dangerously high temperatures as record heatwaves sweep the world
Record heat forecasts have impacted parts of the US, Europe and Asia.