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.

2nd November 2017

Agriculture is a significant contributor to Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and Teagasc has stated that climate targets are “a challenge to Irish agriculture”.

Phil Kearney, Chair of An Taisce’s Climate Change Committee stated “Despite this acknowledgment by Teagasc, An Taisce is concerned that they are primarily concerned with defending the Government endorsed, agri-food industry policy of increasingly high levels of ruminant-based agriculture”.

2nd November 2017

This Saturday morning the Citizens Assembly will consider climate emissions from transport.

In advance, Thomas Earl and James Nix at Transport & Environment, a pan-EU NGO based in Brussels which works to make transport cleaner and safer, take a close look at Ireland's transport emissions profile.

Mapping out the need to cut emissions by 30% by 2030, they explore what can be delivered by EU policy on the one hand, and domestic action on the other. And they offer some insights into what needs to happen now.

25th October 2017

An Taisce welcomes FIE's legal action against the Irish Government on Climate

John Pierce, Chair An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland stated "An Taisce welcomes and enthusiastically supports the initiative by Friends of the Irish Environment to take a Judicial Review against the National Mitigation Plan (NMP) on climate action published by the Government in July last."

7th September 2017

An Taisce has made a submission to Limerick City and County Council on the current planning application for an extended rock quarry involving blasting, at the Aughinish Alumina plant near Foynes Co Limerick.

The proposal is to extend the quarrying of rock for the perimeter containment of increased waste bauxite residue on the site. The proposed quarry site is in close proximity to the bauxite waste deposition site.

Ian Lumley, An Taisce Advocacy Officer stated

The Central Question of Irish Climate Policy: What is (and what should be ) the “National Mitigation Objective”?

This document offers an initial response by An Taisce to the First Report of the Irish Climate Change Advisory Council (3rd November 2016) in which we focus on the formulation of the long term, overarching, National Mitigation Objective. We assert that this has pivotal significance in framing all prospects for effective mitigation action in Ireland in the years immediately ahead.

26th July 2017

Today’s publication by the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) of its Periodic Review Report 2017, has vindicated the concerns expressed last week by An Taisce, among others. The CCAC report states bluntly that: “it does not provide a framework for policy prioritisation. In the absence of decisions on additional policy actions, Ireland will not achieve the national transition objective by 2050.

13th July 2017

Earlier this week, with no fuss or fanfare, Ireland’s first minister for ‘Climate Action’, Denis Naughten TD, signed off on the Druid/Drombeg exploration field on the Porcupine bank off Ireland’s west coast which is targeting “some 5 billion barrels of oil offshore Ireland”.

1st June 2017

The withdrawal by the US tonight from the Paris Accord on climate change is a bitter but not unexpected blow, delivered by a president adrift from reality and an administration in Washington that appears to be in the pocket of the deeply corrupt fossil fuel industry.

President Trump delivered the news in a rambling, disjointed and largely fact-free address from the White House lawn. His speech offered a chilling insight into his administration’s paranoia and deeply worrying retreat from international diplomacy and into narrow provincialism.

12th May 2017

The Irish Farmers Journal (IFJ) has just published a seriously inaccurate, factually flawed and deeply misleading article on climate change and agriculture.

The Journal, with a weekly readership of in excess of 250,000, is the outlet most Irish farmers turn to first for information. With that power comes responsibility. It owes a journalistic duty of reasonable care to its readers to ensure that it is not used as a vehicle for spreading ‘fake news’.

6th May 2017

Action on air pollution needed for public health and quality of life in Ireland.

Ireland faces growing breaches of World Health Organisation(WHO) air pollution standards, in particular through the increase in number of diesel cars which release fine particulate matter.


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