Agriculture, the Commons and Climate Justice

24th June 2020 Is County Leitrim really as “green” as it seems? That was the question we sought to answer with a team of young European researchers who spent six months working to produce the first Irish county-based carbon inventory report of its kind, published last December by Good Energies Alliance Ireland. The study coincided […]

Budget 2020: Urgency for climate & biodiversity emergency?

October 9th, 2019 The climate movement has seen a meteoric rise over the year, with the school strikes and Extinction Rebellion cranking up the pressure on politicians to bring in policy measures to tackle our runaway emissions.    Yesterday, Budget 2020 offered the first real opportunity for the Government to put its money where its […]

Budget 2020: Where does climate and biodiversity fit?

October 8th, 2019 The international climate movement has seen a meteoric rise since the release of last year’s Budget.  Political discussions of environmental policy have now gone beyond the controversial idea of a carbon tax, and many parties are demanding substantial fiscal measures to address the climate crisis.  However, with the looming threat of Brexit, […]

Children’s Rally for Climate Action Photo: Kayle Crosson

Official stats paint Ireland as EU laggard on climate and environment

August 27th, 2019 A new analysis from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) singles out Ireland as a European laggard across a range of important climate and environmental areas, including emissions levels, forest cover and air pollution. While the findings in the CSO’s Environmental Indicators Ireland analysis is based mainly on 2017 and 2018 data previously […]

Smoke from chimney Photo: lenalindell20

SEAI outlines ‘urgent need’ to reduce fossil fuel reliance

13 December 2018: Ireland continues to face an uphill challenge to reduce fossil fuels reliance across transport, heating and electricity, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has warned. Findings in the SEAI’s latest Energy in Ireland report shows that over 90 per cent of all energy used in the country last year came from […]

Leo Varadkar at Transport for Growth: Developing Connectivity at the 2012 Summit in Leipzig, Germany on 3 May 2012 Photo:

Deflection: Leo brushes off worst in Europe climate tag

December 12th, 2018 It was a case of deflection and rejection in the Dail yesterday as the Taoiseach chose to pass up an opportunity for reflection on our poor climate record to date. Leo Varadkar was asked by the Green Party’s Catherine Martin during Leader’s Questions about the “embarrassing, disgraceful and shameful” ranking of Ireland as […]