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.

6th May 2016

An Taisce welcomes the establishment of the new department of Climate Change, Communications and Natural Resources. “Climate change has been the Cinderella issue in Irish politics for the last five years."

The recent passing of Ireland’s first ever Climate Change Act should have been a cause of celebration, but the Act is woefully weak on targets while being long on aspirations for the distant future.

5th May 2016

The Fine Gael/Fianna Fail outline ‘Agreement’ document for the formation of a minority Fine Gael-led government looks like being the ‘worst of all possible worlds’ from the point of view of anyone who cares about the environment, climate change or a safe future for all our children, according to An Taisce.

Outgoing Environment Minister, Alan Kelly has been criticised throughout his tenure in office for failing to show either leadership or enthusiasm for setting us on the ultra-low carbon pathway Ireland is legally and ethically bound to pursue.

2nd May 2016

Bord na Móna’s corporate rebranding as ‘Naturally Driven’ is an exercise in cynicism, according to An Taisce. It pedals empty PR slogans in place of genuine reform of what could well be Ireland’s single dirtiest, most polluting and ecologically damaging organisation.

22nd April 2016

Following hot on the heels of a record-shattering 2015, the first three months of 2016 have already rewritten the global temperature record book, with what scientists are describing as “off the charts” temperature increases.

This week, scientists have confirmed that 93% of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has suffered a severe bleaching event, leaving much of the world’s largest living structure ‘dead or dying’. Meanwhile, more than 12% of Greenland’s massive ice pack began melting last week, the earliest ‘summer’ melt ever recorded.

19th April 2016

As part of the 1916 Centenary celebration, primary and post-primary schools were invited to write a Proclamation for a New Generation. 970 schools uploaded their reinvention of the emerging state’s blueprint to scoil.ie, providing us with an extraordinary insight into the values, ideals and hopes of the children of 2016. An Taisce's Climate Change Office analysed these.

10th April 2016

During Kevin Anderson's recent successful An Taisce supported Dublin visit, he sat down for a one-hour interview, with John Gibbons of Think or Swim and An Taisce's Climate Change Committee.

John states "Please do share in any other networks you may also be involved. He is a gifted science communicator, as any of us who were able to see him in the flesh will attest, and I think this comes across well in this clip".

10th April 2016

Ireland's climate policy in the context of the Paris Agreement

This video of "Is Ireland's climate policy credible given Ireland's signature to the Paris Agreement?" is an 'Ignite format' presentation, only 5 minutes long with 20 slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds – a challenging format for presenting research!

This video of "Is Ireland's climate policy credible given Ireland's signature to the Paris Agreement?" is an 'Ignite format' presentation, only 5 minutes long with 20 slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds – a challenging format for presenting research!

7th March 2016

Today’s EPA Report "Ireland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2020 - An update" indicates that, barring a miracle, Ireland is not going meet its 2020 targets. Note [1].

This means potential fines running into billions of euros and makes it more difficult to meet our EU 2030 targets and achieve the necessary decarbonisation by 2050. Once more, An Taisce calls for a Department of Climate Action in whatever new Government is formed, to take responsibility for achieving the targets and giving the next generations the futures they deserve. Note [2]

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