Climate Change

Climate change is the single greatest threat to the survival of human civilization. It is essential that we act on climate change now.

An Taisce has several members attending CoP21 Paris - read their reports from the ground http://www.antaisce.org/articles/whats-happening-on-the-ground-at-cop21

An Taisce Council approved the formation of the Climate Change Committee (ATCC) in February 2014. Climate Change is also the theme of the current issue of the An Taisce magazine.

26th July 2018

On July 24th 2018 The Irish Times hosted a video by Professor John Sweeney at https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/higher-temperatures-due-to-human-activity-making-heatwaves-more-likely-1.3575287

We recommend that you look at it - If your are unable, then a transcript is below.

25th July 2018

The gulf between Ireland’s lofty climate rhetoric and our abysmal actual performance was laid bare today by the government-appointed Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) in its Annual Review 2018.

Council chair, Prof John FitzGerald described Ireland as being in “an even worse position” than reported in 2017, with “projections of emissions to 2035 showing that we are completely off course in addressing the challenge of climate change”.

25th June 2018

Ireland’s dairy-related greenhouse gas emissions are skyrocketing in lock-step with the rapidly rising number of dairy cows, yet Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and his officials continue to misinform the Dáil and Oireachtas by implying otherwise. In reality, a production cap is required if dairy emissions are to be reduced to meet climate targets (see Note 1).

31st May 2018

The EPA’s projections, published today[1], reveal the colossal scale of Ireland’s collective political failure to rein in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with our legally binding EU and global commitments.

It is quite staggering to consider that instead of achieving the modest initial target of reducing our national GHG emissions by 20% versus 2005 levels, the EPA today confirms that “at best”, we will have only managed a negligible 1% emissions cut by 2020.

7th May 2018

Friends of the Irish Environment have had an international launch of their climate case today in Bonn, at a side-event at the UN climate talks.

An Taisce is asking its members to support this iniative, our fellow campaigners at Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) have filed an historic climate change lawsuit against the Government, and we need your help to spread the word!

18th April 2018

The publication today of the Third Report and Recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly – ‘How The State Can Make Ireland A Leader In Tackling Climate Change’ [1] is warmly welcomed by An Taisce. We commend the Hon. Mary Laffoy for her skilled and even-handed chairing of the Assembly, which An Taisce attended last November as observers.

14th March 2018

An Taisce welcomes Climate Action Minister, Denis Naughen’s renewed commitment to ‘Power Past Coal’ by ending all coal burning at the Moneypoint power station by 2025 [1]

However, what Minister Naughten also needs to urgently commit to is to ‘Power Past Peat’ and put an end to the three inefficient, highly polluting and ecologically disastrous peat-fired power plants operated by Bord Na Mona and the ESB.

4th March 2018

An Taisce and Biofuelwatch are organising and event entitled "Is Biomass a climate solution – Bord Na Mona’s plan to import US timber"

It will be held in Tailors' Hall on Thursday 8th March from 19:00 to 21:30

16th February 2018

Ireland is badly missing its EU climate action targets, and will face increasing exposure and cost from storm and flood impact. Decades of bad planning have left a legacy of car based dispersed sprawl, with climate, air pollution, congestion and other adverse social, economic environmental impacts.

The previous attempt at national strategic planning the 2002 National Spatial Strategy designated too many regional growth centres as gateways and hubs, and failed to control one off rural housing dispersal.

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