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Step up action and adapt to ‘new climate reality’, UN environment report urges

Step up action and adapt to 'new climate reality', UN environment report urges According to the 2020 Adaptation Gap Report, released on Thursday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as temperatures rise and climate change impacts intensify, nations must urgently step up action to adapt to the new climate reality or face serious costs, damages and losses. “The hard truth is that climate ch...
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World leaders “need a cold shower regarding the state of our environment”

World leaders “need a cold shower regarding the state of our environment" World leaders “need a cold shower regarding the state of our environment, both to plan and act to avoid a ghastly future”, according to 17 leading scientists who have assessed the current state of civilisation in their paper Underestimating the challenges of avoiding a ghastly future published in in the latest issue of Fron...
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Ireland to join global effort to designate a third of the Earth as a protected area

Ireland to join global effort to designate a third of the Earth as a protected area Ireland is to join in an international effort to designate a third of the Earth as a protected area within a decade in a push to halt the spiralling losses of habitats and species.  Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan will confirm Ireland’s participation in the ‘30 by 30’ endeavour when he takes part in the One Plane...
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Keeping Ireland Green – 12 Stories about the EU and Ireland’s Environment

Keeping Ireland Green - 12 Stories about the EU and Ireland's Environment Ireland is world-renowned for its lush green landscapes, unspoiled coastal waters, rolling hills and fertile soils. The environment is vital to our wellbeing.  Its protection is crucial to ensure that it provides us with clean air, safe drinking water and healthy, wholesome food that commands a premium internationally, and ...
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Tackling climate change and biodiversity loss together

Tackling climate change and biodiversity loss together Climate change and biodiversity loss are twin crises that should be tackled together. Conserving, managing, and restoring ecosystems are key to success.  In addition to the direct impacts on the economy, societies and people’s health, rapidly advancing climate change negatively impacts many of the world’s species and ecosystems, driving biodi...
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Using nature to capture carbon must be recognised fully in Climate Bill – committee told

Using nature to capture carbon must be recognised fully in Climate Bill - committee told. Protecting biodiversity and deploying nature-based solutions could help achieve global and national carbon emissions reduction targets, and “keep our planet liveable and maintain our wellbeing”, according to TCD professor of zoology Yvonne Buckley.  For this reason these options should be fully acknowledged ...
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Corncrake calls out to Ireland to nurture our ailing environment

Corncrake call out to Ireland to nurture our ailing environment Once the call of the corncrake used to herald the arrival of spring, but today numbers are fading fast, having declined 85% since the 1970s.  There are now only 151 breeding pairs in total along the north coast and west of Ireland. Recent Eurobarometer surveys show that 93% of Irish people want to protect the environment, but ailin...
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Budget 2021: where do climate and biodiversity stand?

Budget 2021 - where do climate and biodiversity stand? The word has really worn itself out this year, but both this Budget and the times we find ourselves in are truly unprecedented.  Clocking in at €24.5 billion in support measures, Budget 2021 is nearly eight times the size of last year’s Budget plan. There is, as to be expected given the disastrous scale and scope of the Covid-19 pandemic, a...
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EU commits to reverse nature loss by 2030 at UN Biodiversity Summit

EU commits to reverse nature loss by 2030 at UN Biodiversity Summit President Ursula von der Leyen last week represented the EU at the UN Biodiversity Summit in New York, which brought together world leaders to step up global actions for nature and confirm their determination in agreeing a new ambitious global biodiversity framework at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention...
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Ireland signs global initiative to halt biodiversity loss

Ireland signs global initiative to halt biodiversity loss Ireland is among the countries who signed up to a global initiative yesterday to halt biodiversity loss just days before an international summit on the issue.  A total of 64 countries and the European Union signed the declaration yesterday, a few days shy of the official opening of the UN Summit on Biodiversity, and committed to “matchin...
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