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# Climate

July 2023
Irish citizens warned to 'stay away' from areas struck by Rhodes wildfires as 30k people evacuated
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it has been contacted by ‘a number of Irish citizens’ impacted by the fires.
The Department is advising Irish citizens to be alert and stay away from the affected areas.
High winds forecast for today are expected to hamper firefighters' battle to contain the blaze.
Police in the country have said it is the "biggest fire evacuation ever in Greece".
Larry Donnelly: Why is it that political will is lagging behind climate chaos?
Our columnist examines recent record temperatures across the globe and attitudes toward climate change in the US.
Resorts evacuated as blaze rages out of control on Greek island of Rhodes amid heatwave
More than 200 firefighters and 40 fire engines were operating on the ground.
Climate activists set off smoke flare at Open Championship golf tournament
Just Stop Oil said three people in total were involved in the protest.
Nasa climatologist says July likely to be hottest month on record
Gavin Schmidt said the trend of extreme heat is unmistakable.
'Like opening an oven': Irish people in European heatwave recount 'unrelenting' heat
A report by
Lauren Boland
European countries have been hit over the last week by the Cerberus heatwave, with temperatures in the high 30s and 40s.
Ireland has become warmer across all seasons in the last 30 years
Levels of sunshine and rainfall have both increased over time.
Ireland at risk of breaking carbon budget limit as emissions fell only 2% last year
A report by
Lauren Boland
Staying within the first carbon budget will require an “extremely challenging annual reduction” of 12.4% in 2023, 2024 and 2025.
Heatwave named after mythological monster brings scorching temperatures to southern Europe
Globally, the beginning of July was already the hottest week of modern records.
Nature Restoration Law gets green light from EU Parliament, including all Irish MEPs
Despite previous divisions over the highly debated law, all of Ireland’s 13 MEPs ultimately backed it in this morning’s vote.
Police and organisers of British Grand Prix on high alert for Just Stop Oil protesters
‘It is absolute madness if someone climbs on to a live racing track,’ the track’s director said.
Opinion: We are half way to COP28 but rich countries continue to stall climate progress
Ross Fitzpatrick says global climate agreements are all well and good but wealthy countries are not following through.
Protesters interrupt Eamon Ryan at climate conference in Ballina
The minister was delivering a speech about the need to significantly improve communication about climate change.
Death toll rises to 55 after two weeks of monsoon rain in Pakistan
Eight children were among the 12 people confirmed dead yesterday.
Global temperature record broken for second day in a row
Preliminary readings by US meteorologists today show that average daily air temperature on the Earth’s surface reached 17.18 degrees Celsius.
China in the grip of extreme weather after flooding and 10 straight days of 35 degree heat
Beijing reported 9.8 straight days when the temperature exceeded 35 degrees Celsius.
June 2023
New Zealand to become first country to ban thin plastic bags from supermarkets
Some supermarkets have started selling polyester mesh bags that can be washed and reused.
Deadlock over contentious Nature Restoration Law throws its fate into hands of EU Parliament
The EU’s environment committee of 88 MEPs was split down the middle in a highly anticipated vote this morning.
Ireland relied on buying 'credits' to reach climate and energy targets - EU audit
A report by the European Court of Auditors examined countries’ performance against 2020 targets and progress towards 2030.
Rising ocean temperatures spell 'real threat' to fish species in Irish waters
A report by
Lauren Boland
There are many warning signs that Earth’s oceans are heating up due to climate change.
Paris climate summit ends without deal to create global tax on shipping
French President Emmanuel Macron said upcoming reforms of the international finance system would be assessed within the next two years.
Climate minister expects to miss EU deadline for draft energy plan
A draft National Energy and Climate Plan will only be published ‘later this year’ despite a 30 June submission deadline.
Highly awaited EU vote on Nature Restoration Law postponed to end of month
A meeting of MEPs to determine the fate of the legislation went well over time.
Newsletter: The proposed nature restoration law that's become a flashpoint in climate debate
Read an extract from the latest edition of The Journal’s climate newsletter.
Proposed EU regulation would clear up what it means for a company to be sustainable
The EU Commission has put forward a proposal for better oversight of ambiguous ESG ratings.
Winds and heavy rains kill at least 27 people in Pakistan, including eight children
Authorities have declared an emergency in the affected districts.
Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions at 'all-time high'
A team of scientists have developed an open platform with key information about the state of the climate.
Defence Forces available 'at all times' to respond to wildfires as warning issued
The Department of Agriculture issued an orange level forest fire warning due to continued high-pressure dominated weather patterns.
EU Commissioner says auto-enrol pensions should be 'transparent' about climate sustainability
Pre-legislative scrutiny of Ireland’s auto-enrolment pension scheme called for funds to be prohibited from investing in fossil fuels.
Rewilding row: Green minister warns of ‘horrible conservative scaremongering’ on EU nature law
Ossian Smyth said he was ‘not happy’ that Fine Gael’s EU party, the EPP had walked out of talks on the issue.
May 2023
Agriculture accounted for almost 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2020
That’s according to new figures released in the Central Statistics Office.
Fine Gael's EU party pulls out of talks on high-profile nature law
The proposed law, which would set targets for restoring nature, has been the subject of controversy in Europe and in Ireland.
'I don't think Cork-Dublin flights will return' - Ryanair boss
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has said he does not believe short-haul flights in Ireland are unacceptable from a climate perspective.
EU doubles firefighting aircraft fleet ahead of hot and dry summer
The aircraft are stationed in 10 member states while over 400 firefighters will be pre-positioned in Greece, France and Portugal.
Geneva airport briefly closed as climate activists stage protest against private jet fair
Seven flights were diverted and others were delayed.
Climate change protesters delay Shell AGM for over an hour trying to storm stage
The annual meeting was delayed more than an hour as protesters shouted, sang and chanted.
Degraded land in Dublin mountains to be restored under new biodiversity project
The project is seeking to restore land and improve biodiversity across 2,000 hectares around the Glenasmole Valley.
Climate activists turn Rome's Trevi Fountain black
Activists from the anti-climate change organisation Last Generation climbed into the landmark fountain and poured a vegetable-based carbon liquid into it.
Green MEPs 'very' concerned by opposition to plan for restoring nature and rewetting Irish bogs
A report by
Lauren Boland
Two Green MEPs from Ireland and Germany gave an in-depth interview to The Journal on the proposed Nature Restoration Law.
People Before Profit propose ban on private jets in Irish airspace
The proposed legislation is aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions from aviation.