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Additional weekend announced for Citizens’ Assembly on climate change

July 27th, 2017 The Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly has called for an additional weekend to “truly do justice” to the complicated question of how Ireland can lead in tackling climate change. Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said that the decision will allow the Assembly to fully consider one of the “most complex topics facing Irish society” and enhance future recommendations. “In order to do …

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Ireland’s low-carbon transition at risk without “concrete commitment” from State, warns expert council

July 26th, 2017 The Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) has warned that Ireland’s near certain failure to meet our 2020 emissions targets will impact on our longer term decarbonisation plans. In its first major report released today, the Council states that Ireland is “unlikely” to meet its 2020 emissions target by a “substantial margin”, warning that the cost of State …

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Five Irish species at risk in the ‘sixth mass extinction’

July 21st, 2017 There was widespread media coverage last week as scientists warned that a sixth mass extinction is underway due to a “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades. According to the new study, human overpopulation and overconsumption are driving the loss of species and ecosystems around the world. And Ireland is no exception to this. While the survival …

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Launch of long-awaited National Mitigation Plan met with heavy criticism

July 20th, 2017 The long-awaited National Mitigation Plan has been met with widespread criticism from environmental organisations and opposition parties for its lack of ambition or meaningful targets. The Plan, released yesterday, outlines policy measures to tackle Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions in line with EU and international obligations and meet set national policy objectives by 2050. It sets out 106 …

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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 …