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.

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.

6th February 2018

Speaking recently in the European Parliament, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spelled out his deep unhappiness at his own government’s wholly inadequate response to climate change: “As far as I am concerned, we are a laggard. I am not proud of Ireland’s performance on climate change ... There are lots of things that we intend to do so that we can meet those targets. And it’s something that I am very committed to, and certainly, my generation of politicians is very committed to.”

19th January 2018

The government’s newly published National Adaptation Framework (NAF) makes a good job of setting out the science of climate change and the scale of the challenges facing Ireland in the coming decades, and An Taisce welcomes its publication today by Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

29th December 2017

On 21 December, the Estonian EU Presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional deal on the Effort Sharing Regulation to ensure further emission reductions in sectors falling outside the scope of the EU emissions trading system (ETS) for the period 2021-2030.

5th December 2017

An Taisce broadly welcomes the publication today by the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) of its Annual Review [Note 1]. We strongly endorse the Council’s core finding that Ireland is completely off track in terms of meeting either its near term (2020) or longer-term target of a rapid decarbonisation before mid-century.

In its Executive Summary, the CCAC warns that Ireland will miss its 2030 and 2050 targets “by a very large margin”. It notes that both the pace and scale of emissions reduction need to be accelerated across all sectors.

4th December 2017

An Taisce welcomes the strong statements issued today by EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan at the Food Wise 2025 conference in Dublin.

Commissioner Hogan echoed the repeated criticisms made by environmental NGOs, including An Taisce, when he warned today that Ireland’s dire performance on climate change sees us “sleepwalking towards further EU fines under the renewable energy directive by our lack of investment in the energy grid”.

27th November 2017

In December 2015, Ireland along with nearly 200 other nations signed up to its commitment to do our full and fair share to ensure carbon emissions are reduced in line with the advice from science so that global warming does not irreversibly destabilise the world’s climate system.

19th November 2017

We bring you three reports from Professor John Sweeney on the recent COP23 Climate Conference in Bonn. Professor Sweeney is a former President of An Taisce and member of An Taisce's Climate Change Committee.

Reflection on COP23 - Report 1

19th November 2017

Professor John Sweeney has been attending COP23 - He sends us his third and final report

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