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Last year
Opinion: We are all climate reporters now
The public is telling the media what it wants, writes Dr David Robbins, and that is trustworthy, engaging climate coverage.
# Power
MEPs signal discontent at proposal to label gas and nuclear as 'sustainable' energy sources
Two EU committees have formally objected to the contentious proposal from the European Commission.
Scientists use satellite data to detect offshore methane leak for the first time
Methane is responsible for roughly 30 percent of the global rise in temperatures to date.
Opinion: EU moves to tackle food insecurity cannot be at the expense of others
Ukraine conflict has exacerbated Covid disruptions and rising costs of energy and fertilisers – and not just in the EU.
# Hot Water
Department of Environment reports worst progress on Climate Action Plan of any department
Only 59% of climate measures that were due to be completed by March were delivered.
EU Parliament rejects emissions trading reform over 'watering-down' by right-wing parties
MEPs also voted to back a European Commission proposal for a total ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035.
# Climate Change
The Good Information Podcast: Climate change - are our targets even ambitious enough?
It’s the issue of our time, and we almost certainly aren’t doing enough.
# the road to 2030
‘Particular concern' over agri sector's plan to cut emissions as key details still missing
The sector must give more detail on how it will reduce methane emissions in particular, an EPA report said this week.
# Greenhouse Gases
Ireland's emissions rose last year as 'significant gap' remains between ambition and action
Ireland’s overall emissions are estimated to have increased by 6% in 2021 after a drop in 2020.
# Down Under
Agri-reliant countries must pave way for cutting agriculture emissions, says New Zealand expert
No sector can yet say it is doing enough to fight the climate crisis, according to a climate ambassador.
# Hunger
Conflict, climate crisis and Covid-19 escalate child malnutrition emergency - UNICEF
One in every five deaths around the world in children under age 5 is caused by severe acute malnutrition, according to a new report.
Climate action must ‘take the world back from the abyss it is heading towards’ - Taoiseach
The Taoiseach said he is concerned not everyone “really gets a sense of how serious this is”.
# In the heat of it
Persistent heatwave in India and Pakistan highlights climate crisis devastation
The extended hot and dry weather has consequences for water shortages, energy supply, and air quality.
# factfind
FactFind: Will planned turf regulations reduce air pollution?
Turf and other solid fuels contribute to air pollution – which can have damaging health effects.
'How many deaths should we tolerate?': Eamon Ryan compares turf plans to the smoking ban
Govt told to 'go back to the bog' as Taoiseach pledges 'no ban on use of turf this year'
# Fossil Fuels
Energy consumption and emissions make post-pandemic jump
As restrictions lifted in 2021, energy use and related emissions moved in the opposite direction of climate goals.
# Fossil Fuels
Climate protesters arrested in Scotland over blockading of oil terminal
The activists demand that the British Government ends new oil and gas projects in the UK.
# Decline
At least one in five reptile species threatened by extinction in biodiversity crisis
Before now, researchers did not have a comprehensive picture of the risk to reptiles.
# turf wars
Removing turf-cutting from rural Ireland would be like removing wine from the French - Varadkar
Concerns were raised about turf not being available for sale in shops, particularly given the energy crisis and rising inflation.
# Fuel Poverty
Government measures to cut fuel costs should be 'better focused', climate advisory body says
A letter from the Climate Change Advisory Council said the war in Ukraine and energy crisis “further emphasises” the need to cut fossil fuel reliance.
# Climate
NI and Republic should co-operate more on climate change, new report urges
It also calls for more investment in an all-island energy network and as more co-operation on tourism.
# Climate
'Only the beginning': Ireland's first-ever carbon budgets pass through the Dáil
A motion to approve the budgets passed through the Dáil without a vote due to little opposition.
# just transition
Government response to climate crisis ‘inadequate’, Ivana Bacik says
Micheál Martin said a Just Transition Commission would be set up at the end of the year.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you plan to take shorter showers to cut costs and save energy?
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said yesterday that “energy efficiency makes sense at any time”.
How can citizens take climate action? Avoid long-haul flights and eat less meat, UN experts say
“Avoid, shift, improve” are ways individuals can curb climate emissions, a landmark UN report said.
'We're at a crossroads': Major UN climate report charts pathways to save the planet
The latest IPCC report says removing fossil fuel subsidies would reduce emissions and benefit the environment.
The latest IPCC report says removing fossil fuel subsidies would reduce emissions and benefit the environment.
The important report outlines the measures still open to countries to stop the climate crisis from destroying our planet.
IPCC chair Dr Hoesung Lee said: “We have the tools and know-how required to limit warming."
Irish people 'overwhelmingly recognise' climate change threat as 90% say we must act on emissions
# Not too late
UN report to lay out the last-ditch choices still open to the world to stop the climate crisis
The latest IPCC report will likely emphasise the impetus on the world to cut greenhouse gas emissions to save the planet.
# Wildfire
'Incredibly difficult' to prosecute people for starting illegal fires, Heritage Minister says
Malcolm Noonan yesterday condemned an illegal 300-hectare fire in Wicklow Mountains National Park.
# newsletter
Temperature Check: It's been a hell of a week at the North and South poles
Read an extract from the latest edition of The Journal’s climate newsletter.
# Climate Change
Hundreds of climate protesters gather across island of Ireland
A rally closed off one side of Merrion Square in Dublin, as protesters gathered to demand urgent action to tackle climate change.
# Climate Change
Antarctica hits record temperatures, experts say
Well above normal temperatures have been recorded recently in both the Arctic and Antarctica.
# Oil and Gas
Ireland can 'take on this Putin regime' by cutting Russian fossil fuel imports, Eamon Ryan says
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said today that “addiction to fossil fuels is mutually assured destruction”.
# Crises
'We have energy security issues': EU's battle to cut Russian gas, quit fossil fuels, and protect supply
The Journal spoke to Irish MEPs about what they believe must be done to reduce energy dependency on Russia while also protecting the climate and supply.
Climate change: What can Ireland learn from the most recent IPCC report?
Europe, along with most of the rest of the world, will be impacted by temperature increases, water scarcity, sea level rise and more floods.
Amazon rainforest reaching ‘tipping point’ faster than expected, research shows
A new paper said three-quarters of the Amazon is showing dwindling resilience against droughts and other adverse weather events.
# net zero
FactFind: How can petrol and diesel be called 'carbon neutral'?
Applegreen sells a ‘carbon neutral’ driving option at pumps – how does that work?
# Climate Report
IPCC findings not 'doom and gloom' but a wake-up call to act on climate, report author says
Prof Richard Dawson contributed to the sections on cities and said coastal areas will be increasingly threatened in the years ahead.
# Climate Change
New climate change report issues 'dire warning about the consequences of inaction'
Climate change is already disrupting people’s lives in multiple ways across different parts of the world.
Climate change is disrupting people's lives in multiple ways across different parts of the world.
The impacts of climate change will intensify in the coming decades.
But it is not too late to take drastic action and prevent the worst-case scenarios.
Wildfires getting worse worldwide and governments are unprepared – UN report
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Climate change: Major new IPCC report to set out importance of urgent action
The report with the latest evidence on the impacts of climate change will be released at 11am.
# Global Warming
Wildfires getting worse worldwide and governments are unprepared – UN report
The report said nations spend too much time and money fighting fires rather than preventing them.
# Climate
Jet stream behind recent storms has gotten closer to Ireland over 141-year period, study finds
The jet stream brought the three storms to Ireland and the UK last week.