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# Fossil Fuels

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Draft law that aims to ban the sale of fossil fuel cars by 2030 published today
Minister Richard Bruton says today is a ‘hugely important step’ in underpinning measures of the Climate Action Plan.
'It's hypocrisy': TDs, senators and Hollywood actors round on the government over US fracked gas being used in Ireland
A terminal in the Shannon estuary earmarked to hold fracked gas is to be placed on an EU special projects list.
Government currently considering 10 petroleum licence applications in Irish waters
Yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told a UN climate summit that oil exploration in Irish waters would end.
Taoiseach tells UN Climate Summit that exploration for oil in Irish waters will end
During his speech, Varadkar said he wants Ireland to be known as a “green country”.
Taoiseach urged to tell banks to stop investing in fossil fuels during his UN speech in New York
Varadkar will attend the UN General Assembly and address the summit on sustainable development goals.
Micheál Martin puts pressure on Fine Gael to include green policies in this year's Budget
Martin wants the government to set a target for when it will be fossil-free.
Opinion: When it comes to climate change, is the petroleum industry the only 'bad guy'?
Climate change is undeniable, writes the head of petroleum industry grouping, and we all have a hand in it.
Enniscorthy to become the New Delhi of Ireland if smoky coal ban not rolled out, Dáil hears
The delay in expanding the smoky coal ban nationwide is due to fears over court action.
'Shenanigans' - Dáil suspended twice after TDs row over fossil fuel Bill
People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett accused the government of ‘dancing to the tune of fossil fuel companies’.
Minister criticised for committing to offshore oil drilling and saying it can deliver benefits to the Irish people
Junior Minister Sean Canney dismissed a Bill which aims to stop the issuing of any new licences for the exploration of fossil fuels.
Ireland to be the world’s first country to divest public money from fossil fuels
The passing of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill means the government will have to drop its coal, oil and gas investments.
Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill: 'A huge step forward, and one Ireland needs to take'
Climate change is having a severe impact on the most vulnerable in the world, writes Paul Healy from Trócaire.
Do we want our beaches strewn with stranded dolphins?
It’s time for the government to ban fossil fuel exploration and invest in the real local, rural renewable economy on our coastlines, writes Sinead Mercier.
'A historic day': Ireland on a path to being the 4th country in the world to ban fossil fuel exploration
Costa Rica, Belize and France have already implemented similar measures to end oil activity in their waters.
Could banana peel be Ireland's next alternative fuel?
These Young Scientists think so.
Trump defends appointing a climate sceptic and a fast food boss to his Cabinet
“We will stay in the streets to fight back against anti-worker extremism,” said a union spokeswoman.
It isn't the fog that China is having difficulty seeing through
In some parts of the city smog has reached levels 17 times the recommended limit from the World Health Organisation.
G7 leaders agree to phase out oil, gas and coal use by end of this century
The agreement among world leaders sends a strong signal to the climate change conference in Paris later this year.
ESB wants its government owners to axe wind and solar power support
Targets and backing for the renewable-energy sources should end after 2020, the state supplier says.
Ireland's electricity is the most expensive of anywhere in Europe
And most government subsidies are flowing to the country’s fossil-fuel industries, EU says.
How cooking with coal and wood fires is killing millions around the world
…Especially women and children.
You may be judged on your fuel efficiency in a new driving test
The RSA wants your view but it has some of its own ideas.
Poor people in Europe forced to choose between heating and eating
Oxfam is calling on G7 leaders who are meting tomorrow to reassess Europe’s energy strategy to move towards more sustainable and affordable fuels.
EU Commission sets out plan to harvest energy from our seas and oceans
Ocean energy – known as ‘blue energy’ – covers all technologies that harvest renewable energy from our seas and oceans other than offshore wind.
Poll: Should Ireland consider nuclear power?
Britain is building a new nuclear reactor to provide electricity for homes – but should Ireland follow suit?
How this plane is travelling across America without any fuel
Powered entirely by the sun, the plane can fly by day or night but it will never be able to carry passengers.
Column: The UK is exploring its shale gas future, we should do the same
Fracking is an emotively driven environmental issue – but the Irish government could do worse than follow the UK in opening up the market here for exploration, writes Aaron McKenna.
The 7 most important oil chokepoints in the world
These are the narrow bodies of water over which almost half of the world’s oil production must travel – and are therefore vulnerable to disruption.
Column: We believe economic growth can save us… but can it?
Our blind faith in growing the economy may be ignoring some important facts, writes Dermot McNally.
Oireachtas committee to visit Leitrim to discuss fracking
Initial investigations suggest there could be a major gas reserve in the north-west of the country – but the possible use of fracking to extract the gas is highly controversial.
Calls to exclude fossil fuel industry from all fracking research
However, the Environmental Protection Agency has said it would be unlikely that somebody with no links to the fossil fuel industry could produce a report on fracking processes.
Column: We need to face facts - this is the end of cheap oil for Ireland
Even with the recent discovery of oil in Irish waters, Ireland remains one of the most dependent countries in the world on imported fuels. This can’t last, writes Eamon Ryan.
Column: For now, Ireland’s oil reserves are best off in private hands
Yes, our oil resources are rich – but the cost of exploiting them means we’re better off leaving it to commercial firms, writes Simon Tuohy.
Column: ‘The very mention of nuclear power sends people into a flutter’
After Fukushima, nuclear power has become a bogeyman – but we shouldn’t dismiss it out of hand, writes physicist David Robert Grimes.
Greenpeace calls on Facebook to 'unfriend coal'
Environmental lobby group launched protest online and in person outside Facebook’s Dublin offices over the company’s use of coal-produced power.
Satellite photos show damage to the earth caused by humans
Some of the destruction caused by humans destroying rainforests, draining marshes and drilling for fossil fuels has been captured by Nasa satellite photographs.
BP sign deal with Russia to drill in the Arctic
BP has teamed up with Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft to explore for natural gas and oil off the Siberian coast.