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Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Climate Change

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# european heatwave
Spain wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate as land destroyed
The fire was raging in the Aragon region where around 300 firefighters are trying to contain the blaze.
# debunked
Debunked: It is misleading to claim that 30-degree heat is 'normal' during an Irish summer
Social media users suggest that climate change has been exaggerated in recent weather reports.
Government urged to hasten payments for surplus solar power ahead of feared energy shortages
A report by
Lauren Boland
Homes, farms and businesses will soon be able to sell surplus renewable energy back to the grid but have been waiting months for details.
Homes, farms and businesses will soon be able to sell surplus renewable energy back to the grid but have been waiting months for details.
Industry experts and Opposition politicians have said that the scheme should have been rolled out quickly and widely.
Most energy suppliers have not yet started payments but are planning to do so in the coming weeks and months, Lauren Boland reports.
# hot hot hot
Carlow hits 31.7 degrees to provisionally break Ireland's all-time August high temperature record
The mercury hit 30.5 degrees in Carlow yesterday.
# No rain
Drought declared for parts of England after driest summer in 50 years
The change could lead to more measures such as hosepipe bans.
# Climate Change
Houses are built to keep heat in and that's a problem during heatwaves, especially in cities
Heatwaves will become more frequent and intense as climate change worsens.
Irish buildings and homes are generally built to hold in heat rather than stay well ventilated and cool in the summer.
This is increasingly becoming a problem as temperatures rise.
UCD planning professor says more emphasis should be put on adapting buildings to deal with higher heat.
'Singing from the same climate hymn sheet': Met Éireann to level playing field of Irish data
Why heatwaves hit harder in cities - and how to combat rising temperatures
# high heat
Status Yellow: Warning for hot weekend as Carlow temperature tops 30 degrees
The high temperature warning will be in place for Leinster and Munster until 6am on Sunday.
# cooperation
Six EU countries send firefighters to help battle French wildfires
361 foreign firefighters were dispatched to assist their 1,100 French colleagues deployed in the worst-hit part of the French southwest.
# Climate Change
2022 had lowest extent of Antarctic sea ice on record for any July
Arctic sea ice cover meanwhile was 4% lower than average.
# heating up
Temperatures to stay in the 20s for most of this week ahead of possible heatwave
Met Éireann said this week will be sunny and dry for the most part across the country.
# peatlands
Government approves €75,000 funding for Abbeyleix Bog restoration
Restored peatlands play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change.
US Senate passes key legislation aimed at tackling climate change
US Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote after an all-night session.
# renewables
Wind energy has provided 34% of Ireland’s power this year
July saw a two-fold increase in demand met by wind compared with the same period last year.
# California
Receding floodwater lets police evacuate people trapped in US Death Valley
It nearly equaled the record for rainfall in a single day in the valley.
# Agriculture
Citizens’ assembly on agriculture the wrong model, says farming group
The Labour Party has proposed a citizens’ assembly be held on the future of agriculture and food production.
# all together now
'Singing from the same climate hymn sheet': Met Éireann to level playing field of Irish data
A new project is trying to bring existing work on climate data by other organisations under one roof.
Why heatwaves hit harder in cities - and how to combat rising temperatures
A report by
Céimin Burke
Ireland’s ageing and increasingly urban population means more people will be at risk from heat in the years ahead.
Climate activist: 'As we humans adapt to heatwaves, the quiet death of nature continues'
Irish climate activist Jessica Dunne says she fears this beautiful planet is running out of time.
# United States
Death toll from Kentucky floods rises to 25, with more fatalities expected
Torrential rain earlier this week caused unprecedented flash flooding in the east of the state.
# lack of the tie-tans
Spanish Prime Minister tells nation to avoid ties to save on air-con energy
Feeling a little more comfortable would save energy if it resulted in less air conditioning being used, he said.
# Greenhouse Gases
Greenwashing would be 'worst sin' and 'biggest risk' to Irish agriculture, says Eamon Ryan
After long discussions, the government agreed yesterday 25% reduction in agriculture emissions by 2030.
# Your Say
Poll: Is a 25% cut in agricultural emissions high enough?
The figure is among several targets set for sectors of society with the aim of reducing emissions by 51% by 2030.
# Climate Change
Emissions targets set by government 'problematic', climate watchdog warns
The statement added that Land Use Sector emissions must also be urgently addressed, but are currently excluded from the targets.
# emission cuts
Agriculture was the sticking point, but what are the emissions targets for all sectors?
While agriculture was a sticking point in recent days, the government came to an agreement yesterday.
# Transport
'Ridiculously low': Just 33 public EV charge points in 3 counties approved under govt scheme
The scheme was first announced in 2019.
Eamon Ryan says 'we have to do more' as greenhouse gas emissions top pre-pandemic levels
New grant for people without driveways to access electric vehicle charging
# Deal
Challenging but achievable: Govt announces 25% emission reduction target for agriculture sector
Weeks of negotiations were not completed before yesterday’s final Cabinet meeting of the summer.
The government previously set out a 22-30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions target for the agriculture sector.
Farming groups pushed for a target at the lower end but climate experts say close to 30% is needed to meet overall emissions targets.
The EPA said last week that Ireland’s 2021 greenhouse gas emissions increased compared to the previous year.
Explainer: Here's how (and why) sectors are being told to cut their emissions
NGOs alarmed as Earth hits annual 'overshoot day'
The date marks a tipping point when people have used up “all that ecosystems can regenerate in one year”.
# Crunch time
'We're still working on it': Cabinet ends without agreement on agriculture emissions target
Negotiations between the two departments are set to continue on tomorrow.
Fire chief: Last week we witnessed the arrival of climate change in Britain
Dave Walton of Yorkshire Fire and Rescue describes the extreme conditions they faced last week and warns that it’s just the beginning.
# Hitting the ceiling
Crunch time for coalition as agriculture emissions divide parties ahead of Cabinet
Cabinet ministers may approve sectoral targets for reducing emissions on Wednesday – but only if a dispute over agriculture can be resolved.
# Climate
Agriculture Minister hopes sectoral emissions targets will be agreed by Wednesday
A pinch point in ongoing discussions to finalise the limits for individual sectors is how far agriculture – the largest emitter – must cut its emissions.
# factfind
FactFind: Are Irish farmers the 'most carbon-efficient food producers in the world'?
A number of politicians including the Taoiseach mentioned Irish beef and dairy’s carbon efficiency this week. But what does this mean?
# Wildfires
Emergency declared over massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park in US
It exploded in size into one of California’s largest wildfires of the year.
John Gibbons: In climate policy, agri-lobbyists are the tail wagging the government's dog
Our columnist says that agriculture lobbying has more power relative to the industry’s size.
# Wildfires
Emergency action planned to save giant sequoia trees from wildfires
The world’s largest trees are facing an increased risk of fire.
# Flooding
More than 20 people killed in south Iran floods
Iran has endured repeated droughts over the past decade alongside regular floods.
# Reusables
Circular Economy Act signed into law with disposable cup levy due before end of year
The levy on disposable cups – the best-known feature of the act – aims to help phase out single-use products.
# the explainer
The Explainer: What do the recent extreme temperatures tell us about future Irish summers?
How frequent will heatwaves become, and how quickly can we turn the tide?
Eamon Ryan says 'we have to do more' as greenhouse gas emissions top pre-pandemic levels
The figures show an increase in emissions of 4.7% in 2021 compared to 2020, when Covid restrictions had led to a significant decrease in emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency report shows an increase in emissions of 4.7% in 2021 compared to 2020, when Covid-19 restrictions were in place.
There was a 17.6% increase in emissions from the energy industries sector, attributable to a tripling of coal and oil use in electricity generation last year.
Agriculture emissions increased by 3% last year, the third year in a row that emissions have risen in the sector.
'Impossible' targets would undermine agri-sector's 'green image', McConalogue told Ryan
Ireland 'urgently' needs to do more to protect coasts and adapt to climate change impacts
Opinion: In order to tackle the climate crisis, we must look to collective action
Dr Patrick Bresnihan and Dr Fiadh Tubridy write that action on social problems should be considered a core part of the climate movement.