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IPCC report: ‘now or never’ if world is to stave off climate disaster

IPCC report: ‘now or never’ if world is to stave off climate disaster The world can still hope to stave off the worst ravages of climate breakdown but only through a “now or never” dash to a low-carbon economy and society, scientists have said in what is in effect a final warning for governments on the climate.  Greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2025, and can be nearly halved this decade, acc...
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Ireland’s poorest communities are not sufficiently heard on climate, major report finds

Ireland’s poorest communities are not sufficiently heard on climate, major report finds Ireland’s poorest and most marginalised communities tend to be excluded and sidelined from debates and policy decisions on the environment and climate change even though they often bear the brunt of those decisions and of environmental impacts, a major report  has concluded.  The report, Environmental Justice ...
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Human-induced climate change already affecting 3.3bn people, IPPC report finds

Human-induced climate change already affecting 3.3bn people, IPPC report finds Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and already affecting the lives of 3.3 billion people out of today’s global population of 7.9 billion – despite greater efforts to reduce risks.  People and ecosystems least able to cope are already being hardest hit, while their vuln...
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Rocketing demand for fossil fuels could deal blow to climate goals, report says

Rocketing demand for fossil fuels could deal blow to climate goals, report says Global oil prices have climbed to $90 a barrel, which could tempt investors to pile more cash into long-term fossil fuel projects, dashing the world’s hopes to limit carbon emissions in line with climate targets and wasting billions in investment, according to a report.  Recent price rises could mean more potential pr...
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EU scientists call for action as greenhouse gas levels hit high in 2021

EU scientists call for action as greenhouse gas levels hit high in 2021 Levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere hit record highs in 2021, which was one of the world's hottest years ever and underlined the need for change, the EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) has said. Globally, 2021 was the fifth-hottest year on record, with an average temperature 1.1 to...
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Ireland ranked ‘among worst performers’ in 2021 climate rankings

Ireland ranked ‘among worst performers’ in 2021 climate rankings Ireland’s ranking in addressing the climate crisis continues to be in the “low performance category”, and has declined by 7 places over the past year, according to the 2022 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). Ireland ranks 46th in this year’s listings, down from 39th place in 2020, in spite of scaling up ambitions and adopti...
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COP 26: Countries pledge to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030

COP 26 - Countries pledge to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030 Half of the world’s top 30 methane emitters, including the US, EU, Indonesia, Pakistan, Argentina, Mexico, Nigeria, Iraq, Vietnam and Canada, have joined the pledge to cut their methane emissions by 30 per cent by the end of the decade as part of efforts to tackle climate change.  The global methane pledge, led by the US and EU, ha...
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Wake up now or face ‘climate catastrophe’, new UN report warns

Wake up now or face ‘climate catastrophe’, new UN report warns The world is in ‘imminent peril’ as plans to cut emissions will fall far short of what is needed to stop the disastrous effects of global warming, the UN Emissions Gap 2021 report has warned.  The dire warning comes as the Government’s chief environmental adviser said we need to take a ‘very serious’ look at reducing our huge number o...
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EU achieved its three main Climate and Energy targets by 2020 – EEA Report

EU achieved its three main Climate and Energy targets by 2020 - EEA Report The EEA report ‘Trends and Projections in Europe 2021’ estimates that the EU achieved its three 2020 climate and energy targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels, increasing the share of renewable energy use to 20%, and improving energy efficiency by 20%.  According to preliminary EEA data...
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Climate Status Report for Ireland 2020

Climate Status Report for Ireland 2020 As an island on the western boundary of Europe facing the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland is ideally positioned to measure and assess ongoing climate change. The first Status of Ireland’s Climate report was published in 2013. This second status report provides an update, incorporating new datasets and analyses as well as reporting ongoing climate observations over t...
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