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.

22nd September 2019

In a submission to the newly formed Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) on its Draft Strategic Plan 2019-2024, An Taisce called for the organisation to set strong planning targets if Ireland is to achieve the objectives laid out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

17th September 2019

Late last week, the Minister for Climate Action, Richard Bruton incorrectly stated that agriculture is "Ireland’s single greatest carbon sink". Worryingly, the attempted clarification from Minister Bruton’s department, that the Minister was referring to all Irish land use and not just agriculture, does not explain or correct this deeply confusing and misleading claim.

16th September 2019

(An Taisce is pleased to publish this short and timely statement on behalf of long-time member and professional environmental scientist Mr. Jack O'Sullivan.)

11th September 2019

In this document release An Taisce is pleased to make public an exchange of letters between Teagasc and An Taisce concerning agriculture and greenhouse gas emissions, dating from 2017.

11th September 2019

An Taisce is seeking a response from Minister Madigan on this exposure of systemic policy failure in the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht in relation to climate action and peatland protection, in light of the climate and biodiversity loss emergencies.

11th September 2019

An Taisce has formally written to Minister Josepha Madigan, TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, in relation to the decision of 4th September 2019 by An Bord Pleanála relating to turf cutting and peat extraction at Coolree and Blackwood Bog, Robertstown, Co Kildare. An Taisce calls for a fundamental review of the Department's Peatlands Strategy in order to properly prioritise and integrate climate action with peatland protection and reversal of biodiversity loss on a national basis.

25th August 2019

An article authored by the An Taisce Climate Committee, entitled ‘Are Teagasc’s industry-friendly climate projections credible?’ appeared on agriland.ie on 25 Aug 2019. Shortly after publication, queries were raised in regard to one specific statistic quoted in the agriland article, namely that “Dairy cows emit 50% more methane per head than suckler cows”. An Taisce is happy to provide the attached clarification of the source of that figure.

22nd August 2019

An Taisce response to the new report produced by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) which confirms that Ireland’s agricultural model of over-dependence on animal agriculture, particularly beef and dairy, comes at a devastatingly high ecological cost.

21st August 2019

Are Teagasc’s climate mitigation projections credible?

Assertions made by Prof. Frank O’Mara, Teagasc’s director of research, (Agriland, 29 July 2019 appear to flatly contradict the climate action advice recently given by the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) in their Annual Review’s assessment of land use, according to An Taisce.

26th July 2019

Agriculture is a crucial part of the economy as well as being the backbone of rural Ireland. The future for Irish agriculture should be one of a thriving sector that is climate-resilient, with a focus on indigenous food security, while protecting biodiversity and minimising negative impacts such as air and water pollution. The assessment by the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) of the agriculture and land sector, published this week, has been welcomed by An Taisce as a timely, if overdue, contribution to a critical national debate.

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