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# Climate Change

July 2023
Opinion: We are half way to COP28 but rich countries continue to stall climate progress
Ross Fitzpatrick says global climate agreements are all well and good but wealthy countries are not following through.
Protesters interrupt Eamon Ryan at climate conference in Ballina
The minister was delivering a speech about the need to significantly improve communication about climate change.
Death toll rises to 55 after two weeks of monsoon rain in Pakistan
Eight children were among the 12 people confirmed dead yesterday.
Climate change and El Nino phenomenon drive hottest June globally on record
The EU’s Copernicus climate unit also noted ‘extreme marine heatwaves’ around Ireland.
Global temperature record broken for second day in a row
Preliminary readings by US meteorologists today show that average daily air temperature on the Earth’s surface reached 17.18 degrees Celsius.
Yesterday was the world's hottest day ever on record
The United Nations warned that more extreme temperatures are to come.
Why climate change is fast becoming the single biggest threat to global security
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Much of the work of the Defence Forces “will be predicated on issues around climate change”, the recent security forum was told.
Analysis: The Canadian wildfires are a wakeup call for Ireland on our climate commitments
Seána Glennon writes from Toronto about the devastating wildfires and their impact on health, climate and policy.
Just Stop Oil disrupt London Pride march
A number of protestors have been arrested after blocking the road in front of a Coca-Cola truck.
June 2023
Met Éireann: Ireland set to hit hottest June on record
Met Eireann said that persistently warm days and nights resulted in the record-breaking month.
Zelenskyy meets Greta Thunberg, Mary Robinson to address war’s effect on Ukraine’s ecology
Thunberg denounced the ecological havoc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
New Zealand to become first country to ban thin plastic bags from supermarkets
Some supermarkets have started selling polyester mesh bags that can be washed and reused.
Deadlock over contentious Nature Restoration Law throws its fate into hands of EU Parliament
The EU’s environment committee of 88 MEPs was split down the middle in a highly anticipated vote this morning.
Opinion: How many data centres is enough for Ireland - when will we call a halt?
Jennifer Whitmore of the Social Democrats argues that we’re backing ourselves into a corner with the policy that says no amount of data centres is enough.
Ireland relied on buying 'credits' to reach climate and energy targets - EU audit
A report by the European Court of Auditors examined countries’ performance against 2020 targets and progress towards 2030.
Prolonged drought and record-high temperatures: Spain braces for massive wildfires
The country has already endured record-high temperatures this year, and July and August tend to be the hottest and driest months.
Rising ocean temperatures spell 'real threat' to fish species in Irish waters
A report by
Lauren Boland
There are many warning signs that Earth’s oceans are heating up due to climate change.
Debunked: Guardian article doesn't say, as fake pic implies, hot June weather proves climate change
“Another faked headline,” George Monbiot wrote, “and another confederation of dunces falling for it”.
This month could be Ireland's hottest ever June, according to Met Éireann
The announcement comes after 2022 claimed the title of Ireland’s hottest year on record.
The Explainer: What is hydrogen power, and could it replace coal, oil, and gas?
James Carton, assistant professor in Sustainable Energy with DCU and an academic advisor to the United Nations on hydrogen, joins us on this week’s podcast to discuss this lesser spotted form of energy. How do you make it? Where could it be used instead of fossil fuels? Could it be part of a clean energy future, or does it amount to simply greenwashing?
Europe is 2.3 degrees hotter than before industrial revolution, climate report finds
The continent, which has been warming twice the global average since the 1980s, saw its warmest summer on record last year.
Nothing is certain with Barryroe as saga of oil field drags on
Of the existing oil exploration licences, Barryroe had looked by far the most likely to actually happen.
Climate minister expects to miss EU deadline for draft energy plan
A draft National Energy and Climate Plan will only be published ‘later this year’ despite a 30 June submission deadline.
Opinion: Deflating SUV tyres is not welcome, but make no mistake - these vehicles are the worst
Sadhbh O’ Neill outlines why SUVs, even electric ones, are truly problematic.
Highly awaited EU vote on Nature Restoration Law postponed to end of month
A meeting of MEPs to determine the fate of the legislation went well over time.
Newsletter: The proposed nature restoration law that's become a flashpoint in climate debate
Read an extract from the latest edition of The Journal’s climate newsletter.
Proposed EU regulation would clear up what it means for a company to be sustainable
The EU Commission has put forward a proposal for better oversight of ambiguous ESG ratings.
John Gibbons: Insects are in big trouble and that's bad news for birds and amphibians too
The environmental journalist and campaigner looks at the devastating losses to the global insect population and its ripple effects.
Winds and heavy rains kill at least 27 people in Pakistan, including eight children
Authorities have declared an emergency in the affected districts.
Opinion: Climate change affects children as well - here are some ways you can help them cope
Dr Michelle Cowley-Cunningham of DCU offers some suggestions for helping young people cope with climate anxiety.
How to stay cool and safe this summer as the weather heats up
Heat stroke occurs when the body overheats and loses the ability to regulate its temperature, which then rises to dangerous levels.
'Fight only just begun’: Greta Thunberg takes part in final school strike over climate change
The campaigner has graduated from high school and noted that her future Friday activities ‘technically’ will not be school striking.
Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions at 'all-time high'
A team of scientists have developed an open platform with key information about the state of the climate.
EU Commissioner says auto-enrol pensions should be 'transparent' about climate sustainability
Pre-legislative scrutiny of Ireland’s auto-enrolment pension scheme called for funds to be prohibited from investing in fossil fuels.
Global negotiators take key step towards landmark treaty to end plastic waste
The negotiators are charged with developing the first international, legally binding treaty on plastic pollution, on land and at sea.
No domestic flight ban on the cards for Ireland as Taoiseach says we're not the same as France
Domestic flights are very important to some of Ireland’s most remote areas, says Varadkar.
Govt say EPA report 'doesn't tell the full story' and won't concede targets will be missed
Coalition leaders say some modeling is not contained in the EPA report.
Eoghan Daltun: 'Yes, state budget surpluses should be used to pay farmers to rewild their land'
The author and campaigner says if we are at all serious about reversing the death of Irish nature, we need to be rewilding on as big a scale as possible.
Rewilding row: Green minister warns of ‘horrible conservative scaremongering’ on EU nature law
Ossian Smyth said he was ‘not happy’ that Fine Gael’s EU party, the EPP had walked out of talks on the issue.
May 2023
Fine Gael's EU party pulls out of talks on high-profile nature law
The proposed law, which would set targets for restoring nature, has been the subject of controversy in Europe and in Ireland.