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.

19th April 2017

In May 2016, the Commission launched the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), an analysis over a period of two years aimed at improving the implementation of existing EU environmental policy and legislation. As a first step, the Commission drafted reports on the 28 member states, in order to identify environmental challenges and opportunities. The aim in producing these reports has been to bring about communication over common environmental challenges within the EU and also the best ways to address major issues in implementation.

13th April 2017

Today’s announcement by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) set out Ireland’s staggering catalogue of failure in grasping the challenge of climate change and the need to achieve urgent, sustained and ambitious decarbonisation of all aspects of our economy.

5th April 2017

In a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black, earlier this week the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) published an article entitled “Selective Misrepresentation of Research by Environmental NGOs Undermines Their Credibility” (1).

27th March 2017

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) subsidy aims to make savings against penalties likely to be incurred by Ireland for not meeting the EU 20% Renewables­ by­ 2020 obligation. However, the Consultation Document fails to show that it will in fact save public money. An RHI would commit the State to long­-term funding of a biofuel heat sector despite there likely only being a couple of years to make savings against compliance costs. There are financial, administrative, air pollution and climate reasons to avoid expansion of domestic

11th March 2017

Minister Denis Naughten is about to publish a draft plan to limit Ireland’s emissions of dangerous, climate disrupting, greenhouse gases over the next five years. However, the Government has inexplicably failed to first update its long term emissions reduction goal, the so-called National Climate Change Mitigation Objective [Note 1]. This is a serious problem because the current mitigation objective is inadequate, unjust and obsolete.

17th February 2017

An Taisce’s submission on a proposed horticulture facility by Bord na Móna, Naas, Co Kildare, states that the scope of the project includes the sourcing of the horticultural peat from the Bord na Móna owned Allen Bog complex and that the environmental and social impacts in their totality have not been assessed [1].

There are direct parallels between the High Court ruling on Bord na Mona’s Edenderry Power Plant [2], in October 2015, regarding An Bord Pleanála's failure to fully assess the environmental impacts of the peat extraction which fuels the plant [3].

3rd February 2017

An Taisce has made its submission [1] to Clare County Council in regard to the most recent planning application by Trump International Golf Links Ireland (TIGL) for permission to construct coastal erosion management works at and adjacent to Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand, Doughmore Bay and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg, Co. Clare.

The proposed development is to include two lengths of sheet piling over distances of approximately 609m and 256m, at the northern and southern end of Doughmore bay respectively.

25th January 2017

Ireland’s reputation in the international community has been badly damaged in recent years by revelations of our tolerance for ‘creative accounting’ that has allowed foreign firms, including vulture funds masquerading as charities, to avoid paying tax on billions of euros of income.

Now, it seems that Ireland has done it again, and this time the creative accounting is in the series of loopholes the Irish government has negotiated with the EU to allow us to almost completely shirk all requirements on carbon emissions reductions.

25th January 2017

An Taisce is one of two Environmental Pillar representatives who sit on the Biodiversity Forum. The Environmental Pillar is made up of 28 national environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who work together to represent the views of the Irish environmental sector. While An Taisce represents the Environmental Pillar within the Biodiversity Forum, this submission reflects the views of An Taisce alone.

16th January 2017

Apparent recent comments from US President-elect Donald Trump would seem an admission of defeat regarding proposed construction of the coastal defence wall at Doonbeg Resort in Co. Clare.

'I couldn’t care less about it',

Mr. Trump has stated.

In what he bemoans an ‘unpleasant experience’, failed first attempts to gain approval for a 2.8km, 4.5m high seawall have caused him to say

‘...forget it, I’m not gonna build it.’

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