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# Fossil Fuel

This year
€5.7 billion in fossil fuel business being funnelled through Ireland to the Global South
The money is made up of shares in bonds and shares in climate-harming activities in the Global South.
Antarctica ‘suffering’ because of burning fossil fuels, scientists say
Heatwaves, ice shelf collapse and loss of sea ice have left experts shocked and concerned about the future.
EU approves 2035 ban on new fossil fuel car sales
The Irish Government plans to ban new fossil fuel car sales from 2030 onwards.
Last year
G7 countries disappoint with 'loophole' for fossil fuel financing
Leaders agreed to allow public investment in new international fossil fuel projects under certain conditions.
All time
New draft of COP26 deal weakens language on fossil fuel phaseout
“The world is watching us,” COP26 President Alok Sharma told delegates.
Over 20 climate and environmental groups call on EU to ban fossil fuel advertising
More than 80 Greenpeace activists blocked the entrance to Shell’s oil refinery in the Dutch port of Rotterdam.
Opinion: Why is community renewable energy important?
We are at a crossroads in Ireland in terms of energy; check out this 5 point plan about why community-owned renewables could be the answer.
Opinion: Nuclear energy is the cleanest, safest, and cheapest – why do we continue to reject it?
Fossil fuels are messy, costly, dangerous to workers and killing our planet. Nuclear energy could be the answer if we let go of illogical, emotional arguments against it.
Column: Will fracking be added to our energy mix? Ireland has questions to answer first
Until we have an honest discussion about the limited number of energy choices available – and the risks and rewards of each – we will remain entirely at the mercy of global forces, writes Alice Whittaker.
Column: Ireland can't replicate the US shale gas boom – and it shouldn't try
Ireland would like to replicate the US shale gas boom but geography, history, and lack of energy infrastructure will prevent this – and the risks to the economy might not be worth the benefit from any gas produced, writes John O’Donnell.
An Taisce granted leave to appeal peat burning at Edenderry power station
An Taisce say that their case focuses on the extraction of the peat burned at the station.
500 per cent rise in use of biofuel since 2007
The increasing use of biofuel saved taxpayers over €300 million in gas import taxes in 2011.
New oil discovery by Statoil in North Sea
Between 140 million to 270 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalents have been discovered by the Norwegian company.
Smoky coal ban extended, will 'clear air and bring fewer deaths'
The ban is being extended to all of Dublin County, as well as seven provincial towns.
In pics: Tour the town that's been burning for 50 years
Centralia in Pennsylvania was once a bustling mining town but a fire which spread through its coal mines is still raging half a century on…
Environment Minister announces review of ban on smokey coal
The ban on smokey coal in Dublin is believed to have resulted in at least 350 fewer deaths each year. Phil Hogan has announced a public consultation on the regulations around the ban.
Bad news for the environment: 4 out of 5 use fossil fuels to heat homes
Census 2011 found a clear urban-rural split between people using oil and natural gas to heat their homes.
Expert calls on government to consider nuclear power
A professor of applied physics has championed the case of Ireland turning towards nuclear energy, saying that it offers a cheap and clean source of fuel.