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Breaking down Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity with Prof John Sweeney

27 July 2020 Last week, a team of international climate scientists did something pretty cool.  After four years of researching, they were able to narrow down the range of Equilibirum Climate Sensitivity (ECS). Simply put, this is the amount of planetary warming we can expect if CO2 concentrations double from their pre-industrial levels.  So what […]

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 […]

EPA: “Systemic change” still needed for low-carbon society

If fully implemented, the 2019 Climate Action Plan would meet existing climate targets but systemic change is still needed for Ireland to become a low carbon society, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said.  The agency published its greenhouse gas emissions projection for the 2019 and 2040 period today and found that the State can […]

Future of LNG terminals “tenuous” due to climate concerns and COVID-19

7 July 2020 The outlook of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminals is “tenuous” and “continues to worsen” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and growing concern about the industry’s climate impact, new international analysis reveals.  Following a worldwide survey of LNG terminals in May of this year, Global Energy Monitor has found that 61 […]

Industrial Emissions Photo: Dirk Duckhorn

“Systemic change” still needed despite 2020 emissions reduction

3 July 2020 Despite a 9.5 per cent emissions reduction this year, Ireland will still fail to meet its 2030 climate targets in the absence of systemic change, a new state-commissioned analysis reveals. The Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI) released its environmental and economic impact assessment of COVID-19 and projected economy-wide emissions would fall […]

Airline emissions in Europe soared upwards in 2019

April 3rd, 2020 Fourteen of the 20 biggest polluting airlines saw their emissions rise in 2019, according to official EU figures released this week.  The 14 carriers released an extra 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 last year alone and the collective emissions figure for the aviation sector is expected to be released by the European […]

Car industry wants EU to relax CO2 targets due to Covid-19

April 2nd, 2020 The automobile industry is pushing the European Commission to relax car industry CO2 targets in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Representatives for car manufacturers, suppliers, tyre-makers and dealers wrote to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen last week asking for the let-up, stressing that the pandemic should justify postponing CO2 and […]

Short-term emissions drop nothing to celebrate

March 19th, 2020 For the past few days as the COVID-19 pandemic upends global routines, social media has been flooded with people sharing hopeful messages about the improved state of the climate. Posts speak of a healing climate as the coronavirus and protective measures impacting economic and transportation patterns give the earth a breather. Recent […]

President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Trump resort refused permission for Doonbeg wall

March 18th, 2020 The Doonbeg golf resort owned by US President Donald Trump has been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála to build a controversial rock wall along the coast over environmental concerns.   Trump International Golf Links Ireland Enterprises Limited (TIGL) applied to install two coastal defence structures 1km long in an effort to […]

Covid-19 and the climate: key impacts so far

March 13th, 2020 Earlier this month, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service said the recent decline in particulate matter (PM2.5) levels in China’s atmosphere was likely due to measures adopted to contain the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 outbreak that originated in Hubei province compelled Chinese officials to take rigid, cautionary actions to contain it. These […]