Covid-19 spread threat through poor discarding of wet wipes

March 26th, 2020 The novel coronavirus could spread to our recreational waters due to the improper disposal of wet wipes, a marine conservation group has warned.  Coastwatch issued the warning this week as many use wet wipes as a way to keep infection at bay as the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease Covid-19 continues […]

COVID19 emissions drop ‘no substitute’ for climate action

March 23th, 2020 Any COVID-19 triggered emission reductions cannot substitute concerted climate action, the World Meteorological Organization has said.  The UN climate body has warned that while there was an estimated 25 per cent CO2 emission reduction over a four week period, levels of the greenhouse gas have been higher than last year.  A monthly […]

EU urged to rethink plan to bail out airlines

March 19th, 2020 Over 150 environmental organisations have urged the EU not to bail out the aviation industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.   In a letter to the bloc’s transport ministers, the Stay Grounded network asked that public funding be directed to “people, not airlines” as ministers held an extraordinary meeting this week […]

2019 was second warmest on record, WMO data

March 11th, 2020 2019 was the second warmest year on record and finished up with an average global temperature of 1.1 C above pre-industrial levels.  The year was second only to 2016, which saw an El Nino climate event contribute to global mean temperature on top of what the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) called, “an […]

Warming climate poses ‘unprecedented threat’ to transport

February 28th, 2020 Transport infrastructure in Ireland is set to face unprecedented threats in a warming climate, according to a new UN report.  The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) found that transport in the bloc will face unparalleled challenges both on coastlines and inland.  Due to higher levels of precipitation, the report found […]

Industrial Emissions Photo: Dirk Duckhorn

Investors pushing companies to disclose emissions, report

February 25th, 2020 Failure to disclose emissions details will put Irish companies at a competitive disadvantage as desire for climate action grows for investors, customers and employees, a new business report has found.  CPD Ireland’s Climate Change Report 2019 found that companies operating in Ireland had reduced carbon emissions by 11 per cent from levels […]

Greens to hold climate and nature coalition talks

February 17th, 2020 The Green Party has invited other parties to present their strategy for addressing the climate and biodiversity crisis as coalition talks continue to take place.  Members from Sinn Fein, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Social Democrats have received the Green Party’s request to meet on the 21st and 29th February for […]

Industrial Emissions Photo: Dirk Duckhorn

Global energy emissions ‘flatlined’ in 2019, new data

February 11th, 2020 Global energy-related emissions flatlined in 2019, new data released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicates. The Agency found that power sector emissions have declined to levels last seen in the 1980s, although 33 gigatonnes of emission were sent into the atmosphere over the course of last year.  The IEA study cites […]

Ryanair plane Photo: Pxhere

Ryanair adverts ‘misleading’ public on flight emissions

February 7th, 2020 Ryanair has been sanctioned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK for issuing misleading claims to the public on its emissions. The low-budget airline ran a series of TV and radio ads in the UK that said the company was “low CO2” and that it was Europe’s “lowest emission airline”.  […]

Beth Doherty Photo: Kayle Crosson

School strikers call on public to vote climate at ballot box

February 7th, 2020 Hundreds of student climate strikers have gathered across Ireland today to call on the electorate to prioritize climate action when they head to the polls tomorrow.  In the capital, students are now gathering before the William Conyngham Plunkett statue on Kildare Street, calling on the electorate to cast their vote for candidates […]