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Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# CLIMATE CRISIS

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Voices
Opinion: Will things be different at COP26 this year? Yes. There's a sense of urgency in the air
Addressing the injustice of the climate crisis must be central to discussions at COP26, writes Ciarán Cuffe.
# climate action
'Failing to act would have grave consequences': Proposed carbon budget charts new climate path
The carbon budget would see Ireland’s emissions fall by 95 million tonnes between 2021-2025 and 2026-2030.
# climate news
'Is this good enough anymore?': Why years of 'media silence' around climate won't return
US journalist Mark Hertsgaard said: “The main thing is to play the story as big as the story is.”
Voices
Opinion: The climate crisis will cost us money, but way more money if we wait any longer
Budget 2021 won’t bring long-term equality and fairness with the spectre of climate change, writes Dr Shana Cohen.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions fell less during the pandemic than in the previous year
Emissions from Ireland in 2020 failed to stay within the allocation set by the EU.
THE MORNING LEAD
How Irish Rail is fighting an ‘alarming increase in erosion’ near vulnerable railway lines
A report by
Lauren Boland
Erosion on the south-east line and flooding in Ballycar exacerbated by climate change pose long-term challenges for railways.
Projects to safeguard Irish railways from climate change long-term are at early stages, Lauren Boland reports.
Coastal erosion on the south-east line and flooding in Ballycar have been exacerbated by climate change.
However, it could be up to 10 years before the measures are fully implemented.
Facebook flags Irish gas suppliers for running carbon footprint ads without disclaimers
The world's biggest climate summit kicks off soon - here's what you need to know
# Climate Change
Government rolls back on plan to set up statutory office for Just Transition Commissioner
The plan to set up this commission was included in the Programme for Government.
THE MORNING LEAD
Facebook flags Irish gas suppliers for running carbon footprint ads without disclaimers
A report by
Lauren Boland
Ads that encouraged carbon footprint reduction did not carry a disclaimer that Facebook requires for ads about social issues.
Facebook has flagged advertisements from three Irish gas suppliers for not including a particular disclaimer, Lauren Boland reports.
Energia, Electric Ireland and Calor Ireland have run ads that encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint by becoming a customer.
Climate campaigners are calling for an EU-wide ban on fossil fuel advertising, which an Irish MEP says they would support.
'This can't just be politics as usual': What are the EU's main climate goals?
Carbon tax, transport investment: The main climate measures at the centre of today's Budget
# cop26
The world's biggest climate summit kicks off soon - here's what you need to know
“The main thing will be whether there is a willingness to do business or not.”
# cash cow
The Explainer x Noteworthy: What is the issue with farm subsidies and nature?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly how agri-subsidies are encouraging farmers to cut back on nature.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
'This can't just be politics as usual': What are the EU's main climate goals?
Let’s explore the Green Deal and the EU’s other plans and policies around climate.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
Carbon tax, transport investment: The main climate measures at the centre of today's Budget
The minister for finance said that “future generations will not tolerate inaction” on the climate.
# Carbon Tax
'The world is burning': Donohoe confirms further carbon tax increase by €7.50 per tonne
The increase will take effect from midnight on petrol and diesel.
# cop26
World leaders 'must honour' climate targets or 'fail as one', head of Cop26 warns
Alok Sharma urged countries to honour the Paris climate accord agreed in 2015.
# over to you
Open Thread: What actions do you think the government should take on the climate crisis?
Ahead of the government’s new climate action plan, we want to hear what you think it needs to prioritise.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
Climate change the biggest single health threat facing humanity, warns WHO
Burning of fossil fuels is killing us, UN health body warns ahead of Cop26 summit.
# Your Say
Poll: How worried are you about the climate crisis?
Global warming will continue to increase unless there is a drastic reduction in emissions.
# Climate Change
The Good Information Project is turning its attention to the climate crisis
The next cycle of The Good Information Project will take a more in-depth look at the climate crisis.
# Power
Growth in electricity demand due to data centres 'unlike anything Ireland has seen in 100 years'
Data centres are ‘disproportionately’ adding to Ireland’s energy demands, an Oireachtas Committee has heard.
# climate action
Future 'wars over water and food if we do not act now' on climate crisis, EU parliament hears
A climate report has said the scale of recent changes to the climate system are “unprecedented” over hundreds and thousands of years.
# Developing countries
NGOs say COP26 climate summit should be postponed over vaccine inequity
Currently, more than 55% of Europeans are fully vaccinated, compared to about 3% in Africa.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
Biden says extreme weather across US this summer is a sign of worse to come
Biden flew to storm-ravaged New York and New Jersey today after the states were struck by Hurricane Ida last week.
# Sustainable Homes
From energy ratings to shorter commutes: What the new housing plan means for climate action
High-density housing, energy efficiency, and retrofitting are the key measures for the environment in the major new plan.
# extreme events
Weather disasters soar in number and cost over past 50 years
Most deaths and damage during 50 years of weather disasters came from storms, flooding and drought.
THE MORNING LEAD
'A new set of solutions': What measures can Ireland take to limit global warming this century?
A report by
Lauren Boland
Governments, industries and households all have a role they can play in achieving climate goals.
Governments, industries and households all have a role in achieving climate goals, Lauren Boland reports.
A major new UN report this week found lowering emissions is the key to stop temperatures rising.
"Use your vote. Vote with your wallet. Use your influence," one expert says.
Ireland's greenhouse gases reach highest in recorded history - report
Our future climate depends on lower emissions - how big of a change would bring a real impact?
# Emissions
Ireland's greenhouse gases reach highest in recorded history - report
Methane emissions have increased by 170% compared to pre-industrial levels.
# net zero
Australia rejects climate targets despite UN report as China says it's set to lower emissions
World leaders will meet in November to negotiate new climate commitments.
# Infrastructure
'28 degrees is a major challenge already': Warming would acutely impact Ireland, expert says
A Maynooth professor and climate report author says any change in extreme weather would be difficult for Ireland.
# looking ahead
Our future climate depends on lower emissions - how big of a change would bring a real impact?
A major report has set out five possible climate scenarios, including a significant reduction in carbon emissions.
The major climate report released today indicates that it’s not too late to make a difference.
If emissions are reduced, some of the worst effects of the climate crisis can be slowly limited or reversed.
The report outlines five potential future scenarios for the climate - here's what they look like.
'All countries must play their part': Minister says climate report is 'stark reminder' of crisis
Climate report: Scale of changes ‘unprecedented’ - but not too late to slow warming
# CLIMATE CRISIS
Climate report: Scale of changes ‘unprecedented’ - but not too late to slow warming
A UN report on climate change has found “deep reductions” in emissions are crucial to limit global warming.
'All countries must play their part': Minister says climate report is 'stark reminder' of crisis
# dixie fire
California homes destroyed as wildfires merge to pose new threat
Fire officials said the blaze had charred nearly 298 square miles acres of timber and brush in Plumas and Butte counties.
# Heatwave
'Irish temperature records will be broken in the coming years because we're in a climate crisis'
Ireland’s heatwave has saw temperatures exceed 30 degrees this week.
John Gibbons: Pacific Northwest heatwave shows Earth is now running a dangerous fever
Bríd Smith: Data centres are the elephant in the room when it comes to climate policy
# CLIMATE CRISIS
Rescuers hunt for survivors as monsoon death toll hits 115 in India
Torrential downpours have lashed India’s western coast in recent days causing the worst floods in decades.
# zhengzhou
Man rescued after being trapped in flooded underground garage for three days
Li Yongsheng lay on a ventilation duct after floods hit the city of Zhengzhou.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
Opposition parties slam Government approach to Climate Action Bill
Concerns have been raised that the legislation does not have sufficient protections for sectors which will suffer job losses as a result.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
Rainforest area equivalent in size to the Netherlands burnt or cut down during 2020
The biggest losses were in Brazil, three times more than in the next highest country.
Voices
Opinion: Ireland's green energy plans have a big tech data centre problem
Dr Patrick Bresnihan and Patrick Brodie question whether large tech companies should really be the priority in the government’s energy plans.
Voices
Opinion: We failed to prepare for pandemics, we cannot do the same with climate change
Author Laurie Laybourn-Langton says global governments must learn the lessons Covid-19 and take immediate action to tackle climate change.
# CLIMATE ACTION BILL
Carbon neutral by 2050: Ireland's green targets to be legally binding for the first time
The Climate Action Bill has been launched by the government.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
Covid-19 drives biggest drop in Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions since global financial crisis
The country’s emissions fell by almost 6% last year.