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Three years and six goals to meet targets in the Paris Climate Agreement

July 10th, 2017 A grouping of climate change experts has published six goals that must be achieved by 2020 in order to meet the targets set out in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. In a letter published in the journal Nature, the authors and co-signatories – represented by eminent scientists, business leaders, economists and NGO representatives – declared we must …

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US isolated over climate stance at G20 meeting in Hamburg

July 10th, 2017 The United States’ isolated stance on climate change was made clear at this weekend’s G20 meeting in Hamburg as the other nineteen world leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Accord. The final G20 joint statement – produced after lengthy negotiations lasting until noon on Saturday – outlines the “strong commitment to the Paris agreement” of all G20 …

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All new Volvo cars to be electric or hybrid from 2019

July 6th, 2017 Volvo will only produce fully electric or hybrid cars from 2019, making it the first mainstream car manufacturer to commit to a total phase out of cars solely powered by internal combustion engines. This may well be a landmark moment and one of the clearest a signs yet that traditional petrol or diesel fueled cars may be …

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Civil society groups call for Ireland’s new Taoiseach to ratchet up climate action

Environmental and civil society groups have called for the new Taoiseach to ratchet up Ireland’s climate action in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, TD was elected as the next Fine Gael leader and taoiseach-in-waiting yesterday, less than 24 hours after Mr Trump’s announcement that puts the US in …

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Irish Politicians extremely concerned by Trump’s Paris Agreement decision

June 1st, 2017 President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement has been met with concern and disappointment across the Irish political spectrum. Following the announcement late yesterday evening, Minister for Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten expressed his disappointment and concern with the decision. “This is a major setback for the international community and it is essential …