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# CLIMATE CRISIS

Last year
2022
'How many more wake-up calls do leaders need?': COP27 officially opens in Egypt
“Our work will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the world.”
Debunked: Five common climate myths and why they're wrong
As COP27 climate summit begins in Egypt, here are the facts on climate change.
Human health ‘at the mercy of fossil fuels’, report warns
World hunger at 'catastrophic' levels amid 'toxic cocktail' of conflict, climate change and Covid
COP27: Everything you need to know about this year's climate summit
The annual summit kicks off in Egypt tomorrow.
Temperatures in Europe have increased by more than twice global average, report finds
The World Meteorological Organisation report said Europe is the fastest warming continent.
COP27: Greta Thunberg won't attend 'greenwashing' UN climate summit this month
Thunberg said the summits are “used as an opportunity for people in power to get attention”.
Saudi Arabia, UAE say oil demand not going away, days before COP27 climate talks
Fossil fuels account for 75 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations.
Just Stop Oil activists spray orange paint on Rolex building in central London
The campaign group is staging a month-long series of protests to call on the Government to halt all new fossil fuel licences.
Human health ‘at the mercy of fossil fuels’, report warns
Lancet The new report warns that governments are still prioritising use of fossil fuels despite huge health harms from climate change.
Just Stop Oil protesters glue themselves to tarmac at central London junction
Police confirmed 16 protesters have been arrested and that the roads have since been reopened
CO2 emissions from combustion set to grow only slightly this year despite fears of big jump
In China, the world’s largest polluter, emissions will stay largely flat in 2022.
'All this is climate change': Fresh landslide in Venezuela kills at least three
More than 50 people died in similar circumstances last week.
Opinion: Galway Ring Road decision marks a turning point in road construction in Ireland
Climate policy expert Sadhbh O’Neill says a more modern and sustainable transport plan for Galway is possible.
Councils asked to develop transport projects to help meet climate goals
A programme supporting local projects to help meet the transport sector’s climate goals is set to launch next week
World hunger at 'catastrophic' levels amid 'toxic cocktail' of conflict, climate change and Covid
44 countries around the world are currently suffering serious or alarming levels of hunger.
New Zealand proposes taxing cow burps as part of plan to tackle climate change
There are just five million people in New Zealand but some 10 million beef and dairy cattle and 26 million sheep.
Heatwaves will make some regions uninhabitable within decades - report
Heatwaves are predicted to exceed human limits in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and south and southwest Asia.
Finland pushes forward with ditching fossil fuels in face of Russia's war and energy crisis
Decades of diversifying energy has meant Russia’s war on Ukraine hasn’t left Finland as vulnerable as other countries – but prices have still jumped.
Inside the small Finnish city that became a big player in climate action
A report by
Lauren Boland
A Finnish city with a population nearly the size of Cork’s is years ahead of Europe’s climate targets.
100km north of Helsinki, a Finnish city with a population nearly the size of Cork's is years ahead of Europe's climate targets.
The Journal visited Lahti this week for a closer look at its climate policies in action.
German energy giant RWE to end coal use by 2030
The decision will accelerate the closure of some of Europe’s most polluting power plants.
'It's hard to imagine the future': The Ploughing, the climate crisis, and the writing on the wall
A report by
Lauren Boland
Climate and sustainability took on a new focus at the Ploughing this year, but there’s still a long way to go.
Poll: Are you climate-conscious when you shop for clothes?
Does the environment enter your thoughts when you’re browsing in stores?
Any sector could be asked to cut emissions further to absorb unallocated reductions - minister
No sector has yet been responsible for a total of 5.25 megatonnes of emissions.
Most energy suppliers are still not paying households for solar power despite August promise
A report by
Lauren Boland
Only one energy supplier could confirm that it started to pay microgenerators – here’s a breakdown of what each company said.
Microgenerators are supposed to be able to sell back any surplus power they produce to their energy supplier.
Only one supplier could confirm that it started to pay microgenerators before 31 August in line with an assurance by the national energy regulator.
At least eight had not yet commenced payment, Lauren Boland reports.
Government urged to hasten payments for surplus solar power ahead of feared energy shortages
'Race against time' to avert a catastrophic climate change-induced famine in Kenya
An Irish diplomatic team has visited the Horn of Africa as the State is due to announce further funding to avert a famine.
Top climate panel tells government how to weather energy crisis
The Climate Change Advisory Council says crucial actions to combat the climate crisis are not happening quickly enough.
The Climate Change Advisory Council says crucial actions to combat the climate crisis are not happening quickly enough.
In its annual report, it tells the government how to power through the current energy crisis, Lauren Boland reports.
More aid reaches Pakistan as deaths from floods cross 1,200 mark
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Leaves fall early in UK after heatwave as experts warn of Ireland's vulnerability
The Devon Wildlife Trust said it has observed signs of ‘false autumn’ at 60 nature reserves.
Inaugural flight takes off from Dublin Airport's new €320m North Runway
The new North Runway is 3.1 kilometres in length and is located 1.69km north of the current main runway at the airport.
Opinion: Climate transition must happen - it's up to us whether by design or by disaster
Climate expert Ali Sheridan says we must call out obstacles to climate action – the misinformation, the lobbying, the delay tactics, the whataboutery.
China plans to use chemicals to generate rain and save harvest
Parts of the country are enduring a record-breaking drought.
Debunked: Yes, cows are a 'problem' when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions
Two Facebook posts said cows are “not the problem” compared to emitting activities like flying.
New development plan for 'urban quarter' in West Dublin
The neighbourhoods in the plan would follow the 15-minute city concept.
US President Biden signs landmark climate and healthcare bill into law
The measure is paid for by new taxes on large companies and stepped-up IRS enforcement of wealthy individuals and entities.
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: 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.
Drought declared for parts of England after driest summer in 50 years
The change could lead to more measures such as hosepipe bans.
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
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.
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.