Climate Change

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16th June 2009

From Frank MacDonald - Irish Times June 16th.

Climate expert to lead An Taisce

FRANK McDONALD, Environment Editor

IRELAND’S LEADING expert on climate change, Prof John Sweeney of NUI Maynooth, has been chosen as the new president of An Taisce in succession to botanist and broadcaster Éanna Ní Lamhna.

Scottish-born Prof Sweeney is one of the 3,000 scientist-members of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 along with former US vice-president Al Gore.

12th November 2013

An Taisce is calling on the EU to resist the delaying tactics of these car manufacturers and adopt the new global testing standard which will come available in 2014 and give consumers fuel test results that they can trust.

Reform is long overdue of the EU fuel consumption testing regime, which is open to large-scale manipulation by car manufacturers. A new global testing standard will be available from 2014. An Taisce is backing calls by Transport & Environment, a Europe-wide federation working to reduce energy use and emissions, for its adoption in the EU without delay.

5th October 2008


An Taisce celebrates its 60th Anniversary

Embargo: 3.15pm, Sunday, 5th October 2008

Eanna Ní Lamhna, President of An Taisce, Ireland's National Trust, has called on the Government and the wider public not to sideline conservation concerns due to the current economic climate. Ms Ní Lamhna was speaking at a ceremony in St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin today (05.10.08), to celebrate An Taisce's 60th Anniversary.

Climate change and fossil fuel dependence are the biggest and most defining interrelated challenges of our time. We are currently experiencing an environmental and resource crisis that places human development at a crossroads. The consequences of climate change and fossil fuel extraction and combustion are becoming increasingly visible and are being exacerbated by unsustainable economic growth. The effects of these challenges are, and will continue to be, multi-faceted and systemic.

The EU's Renewable Energy Directive provides that Member States must (collectively) generate 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. For transport the figure is set at 10%. On the surface this may seem to be a positive development. However, the policy is raising food prices, driving land grabs, and due to Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) may in fact be leading to increased greenhouse gas emissions. The root of the problem is that fuel crops are by default classified as renewable.

An Taisce has dedicated significant work to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The CAP provides support to European agriculture and rural development. The scale of this support is enormous, with the fund comprising roughly one third of the entire EU budget (the 2014-2020 CAP budget is worth about €350bn) compared to just 0.2% for nature conservation.

25th October 2013

You are invited to the screening of "Fossil Free Europe" in DCU on Fri Nov 1 at 7.15pm

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland is supporting the screening of "Fossil Free Europe" in DCU on Friday, 1st November at 7.15pm. The film Calls for divestment from fossil fuels.

Backing the initiative in Ireland, James Nix, An Taisce's policy director, has said that "fossil fuel deposits, once their real costs are factored in, are more valuable left in the ground".

27th October 2013

A dysfunctional planet cannot host a working economy

The removal of the air travel tax doesn't make any long term sense, according An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland. The tax will soon have to be re-instated to address climate change as the situation at a global scale becomes ever more alarming.

"Bogs," writes John Feehan, "are places of enchantment. This is due in large measure to the immense natural diversity of the peatland landscape, but also to its unique atmosphere. The bogs are great, open expanses with distant horizons. You feel drawn to them as though they awakened an echo deep within us of the open savannah landscapes in which our human kind had its origins several million years ago."

In 2010 the Department of Agriculture published a major strategy called Food Harvest 2020, which sets out a range of objectives for the entire agricultural sector for the next decade. The strategy, if carried out, will have negative consequences for Ireland's environment. A Strategic Environmental Assessment was reluctantly carried out by the Department of Agriculture after extensive lobbying by environmental groups, including An Taisce.


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