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G7 Climate and Environment: Ministers’ Communiqué

G7 Climate and Environment: Ministers’ Communiqué, 21st May As we continue to address the ongoing pandemic, we acknowledge with grave concern that the unprecedented and interdependent crises of climate change and biodiversity loss pose an existential threat to nature, people, prosperity and security. We recognise that some of the key drivers of global biodiversity loss and climate change are the ...
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Peatland restoration promises climate and biodiversity solutions

Peatland restoration promises climate and biodiversity solutions Peatland restoration is one of the most promising solutions to the dual climate and biodiversity crises in Ireland, an Oireachtas Committee heard today. Speaking before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action (JOCCA), Dr. Catherine Farrell of Trinity College Dublin stressed that restoring peatlands is “one of, if not the nu...
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Biodiversity: Revolutionary change in economic relations to better take into account the contribution of nature to the economy

Biodiversity: Revolutionary change in economic relations to better take into account the contribution of nature to the economy A new statistical framework to better take into account biodiversity and ecosystems in national economic planning and political decision-making, approved last week at the United Nations (UN), allows countries around the world to use a common set of rules and methods for m...
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Environmental coalition ‘reluctantly’ withdraws from agri-food committee

Environmental coalition ‘reluctantly’ withdraws from agri-food committee Ireland’s coalition of environmental groups has “reluctantly withdrawn” from the Agri-Food 2030 Strategy Committee having concluded a draft strategy “is woefully inadequate to meet the social and environmental challenges we face”.  The Environmental Pillar (EP) had been a member of the Department of Agriculture-established c...
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Dramatic changes in society needed to tackle environmental crises, says UN

Dramatic changes in society needed to tackle environmental crises, says UN Humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unliveable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, a new United Nations report has said. The document called Making Peace With Nature calls on the global community to make dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life. Unlike past UN reports...
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National Biodiversity Plan has failed to halt loss of nature

National Biodiversity Plan has failed to halt loss of nature The current National Biodiversity Plan has failed to stem the loss of nature in Ireland, a new report has warned.  The National Biodiversity Forum delivered their assessment in a report to Minister of State Malcolm Noonan today and urged the government to radically step up its efforts to address the biodiversity crisis in the next plan ...
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UNEP 2020 Work Highlights on Climate, Biodiversity, Nature, Pollution and Waste

UNEP 2020 Work Highlights on Climate, Biodiversity, Nature, Pollution and Waste In 2020, as COVID-19 disrupted the world, UNEP responded to immediate environmental impacts of the pandemic, while supporting a green recovery and pushing even harder to address the planetary emergency. Executive Director, Inger Andersen, shares highlights from UNEP’s work on the climate crisis, the biodiversity and n...
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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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