Affiliated Extinction Rebellion group call for a radical change to agriculture

14 September 2020  Members of an affiliated Extinction Rebellion group gathered outside the Department of Agriculture today and called for a radical change to Irish and European agricultural policy.   Animal Rebellion protesters clad in costume climbed atop a platform over the front door of the Department and unfurled banners while calling for an overhaul of […]

Greta THUNBERG, Swedish climate activist Photo: European Union / DAINA LE LARDIC

EU net-zero target for 2050 would be “surrender”

16 July 2020 The EU’s current target of net zero emissions for 2050 equals “surrender” to the climate crisis, a letter penned by Greta Thunberg and other activists warns.  The letter, which continues to gather signatures from activists and scientists the worldover, was sent to EU leaders and heads of state today and demanded that […]

Biden’s new climate plan, explained

15 July 2020 Presumptive US Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced another chapter of his climate plan yesterday. His plan, he proclaimed from a lone podium, contained the “most critical investments” the US could make in addressing the climate crisis and would be a cornerstone feature in his “Build Back Better” recovery plan.  His words were […]

Pandemic recovery is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to transition from coal to renewables

15 July 2020  The post-pandemic recovery presents a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity in rebuilding the Europe-wide economy by overseeing a just and rapid transition from coal to renewable energy, according to a European environmental campaign.  The Europe Beyond Coal campaign released its Fool’s Gold update for 2020, a report which examines how European and international financial institutions […]

Student climate protest February 2019 Photo; Kayle Crosson

Climate and biodiversity action “must drive” post-pandemic recovery

14 July 2020  Aligned policy measures addressing the climate and biodiversity crisis “can and must drive” the post-Covid 19 recovery, a new working paper has found.  The National Economic and Social Council (NESC) published a working paper today on how sustainability can be prioritised in the wake of the pandemic as the recovery presents, an […]

Offshore wind turbines at Barrow Offshore Wind off Walney Island in the Irish Sea Photo: Andy Dingley

Offshore wind investment proves “resilient” despite Covid-19

14 July 2020 Investment in offshore wind energy has shown “great resilience” in the face of ongoing economic and public health crises this year, according to new international analysis.  Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported that offshore wind had “by far its busiest half year ever” in terms of investment, and the development offsets any […]

World risks hitting 1.5 degree temperature threshold in coming 5 years

10 July 2020 Global temperatures could exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2024, according to World Meteorological Organization projections.  Between 2020 and 2024 there is a 20 per cent chance temperatures will surpass the 1.5 threshold in at least one year, the WMO said on Thursday.  The international body also predict that there […]

European Commission Photo: Jai79/Pixabay

EU’s Hydrogen Strategy risks becoming a “gift” to the fossil fuel industry

9 July 2020 The newly announced EU Hydrogen Strategy could become “yet another gift to the fossil fuel industry”, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) warns.  The European Commission published the document yesterday and said it would, in tandem with energy system integration, “pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by […]