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.

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.

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].


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