Climate Change

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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.

23rd July 2019

An Taisce is seeking the immediate intervention of Minister for Communications Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton to respond to the An Bord Pleanála refusal of the Shannonbridge peat and biomass electricity plant. An Taisce calls on the Minister to initiate an Action Plan in energy efficiency programmes for ESB and Bord Na Móna midlands peat power plant workers and suppliers.

23rd July 2019

An Taisce is seeking the immediate intervention of Minister for Communications Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton to respond to the An Bord Pleanála refusal of the Shannonbridge peat and biomass electricity plant. An Taisce calls on the Minister to initiate an Action Plan in energy efficiency programmes for ESB and Bord Na Móna midlands peat power plant workers and suppliers.

15th July 2019

An Taisce Response to Bord Na Móna Confirmation of Shipment of Woody Biomass Material for Burning in Co Offaly Peat Station, as Part of Phased Plan to Substitute Biomass for Peat in Co Offaly and Co Longford Power Stations

15th July 2019

An Taisce has written to the Irish Government urging that Ireland should take a leadership role in the EU negotiations with the MERCOSUR South American Trade bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, to ensure that any final deal be conditional on effective, shared, Climate Action and reversal of biodiversity loss.

21st June 2019

The DAFM have just completed a public consultation on their Code of Good Agricultural Practice for reducing ammonia emissions from agriculture, a requirement under the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD) [1]. This Directive sets emission reduction commitments for EU Member States for five important air pollutants, including ammonia. In Ireland, ammonia emissions are steadily increasing, breaching the NECD limits for both 2016 and 2017, and set to continue increasing beyond 2030. [2]

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