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# climate targets

September
September 2023
Global warming limit of 1.5C still possible thanks to clean energy surge, but path 'has narrowed'
The global energy watchdog said wealthy countries must now reach carbon neutrality in around 2045
'I would worry for the British people': Ryan on Sunak pushing out date on ban on new petrol car sales
The ban has been pushed back to 2035.
Climate activists hold demonstration in Dublin ahead of UN sustainability talks
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tanaiste Micheal Martin and environment minister Eamon Ryan will attend the UN General Assembly in the week ahead.
Opinion: If proper funding is provided, farmers can recover from the nitrates derogation blow
Dr Catherine Conlon says the nitrates derogation is an opportunity for farmers to reduce productivity and meet EU Nature Restoration targets if funding issues are addressed.
Ukraine says G20 statement on Russian war 'nothing to be proud of'
G20 make weakly worded statements on sovereignty and climate goals to paper over deep divisions.
Farmer: Irish farming is connected with nature - we are not the enemy
Vincent Roddy of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association argues for a continuation of the Irish farming system as is.
This year
2023
Data centres consumed 31% more electricity last year compared to 2021
Ireland currently has 75 data centres in operation and last year they accounted for 18% of the country’s electricity use.
Electricity consumption by the data centre sector rose by 31% between 2021 and 2022
Data centres used as much electricity as all urban dwellings combined last year
Electricity consumption in the industry has gone up by 400% since the beginning of 2015
Engineering company plans to create 700 jobs in Limerick over next five years
Drilling for Data: Growing energy needs fuelling rise in data centre emissions
Analysis: Can Ireland tackle climate change without a credible medium or long-term plan?
Assistant Professor in climate law, Dr Orla Kelleher looks at Ireland’s record on climate and finds we’re coming up short.
Last year
2022
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.