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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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The endangered fish hiding in Irish lakes since the Ice Age

The endangered fish hiding in Irish lakes since the Ice Age The survival of a rare, cold-water fish, which has lived in a handful of Irish lakes since the Ice Age, is now threatened by climate change.  Warming lake temperatures across Ireland and central Europe pose a major risk to Arctic charr, a new study led by the Centre for Environmental and Freshwater Science at Dundalk Institute of Technol...
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Scenarios for Effective Climate Change Mitigation in Ireland – EPA Research Report

Scenarios for Effective Climate Change Mitigation in Ireland - EPA Research The EPA has published its report - Synthesis of Literature and Preliminary Modelling relevant to Society-wide Scenarios for effective climate change mitigation in Ireland. Rapid global warming due to emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) caused by human activities is negatively affecting global climate and ecological sy...
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EU environment ministers agree ‘partial approach’ on proposed climate law

EU environment ministers agree ‘partial approach’ on proposed climate law The EU Environmental Council has reached an agreement on a “partial general approach” on the proposed European climate law.  In a statement from the council today (Friday, October 23), it says that the EU is “firmly committed” to being climate neutral by 2050 and that it is pleased to announce it was able to reach agreement...
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Government publishes much-anticipated Climate Bill

Government publishes much-anticipated Climate Bill The Government has published its much anticipated Climate Bill (7th October) with a number of features that aim to set out and strengthen national climate policy.  The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020 was promised within the first 100 days of the new Government’s term, and is contains a series of amendments to the...
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Ireland forced to strengthen climate plan

The Irish government has been ordered to take more aggressive action on climate change, following a ruling by the country’s top judges.  In a judgment published on 31st July 2020, the supreme court said Ireland’s existing emission cutting plans fell “well short” of what was required to meet its climate commitments and must be replaced with a more ambitious strategy. Judges ruled the governm...
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Ireland to set annual emissions goals to reach 2050 carbon neutrality

Ireland’s new coalition government has set itself an ambitious goal to deliver steep greenhouse gas emissions cuts every year to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.  Under the coalition agreement, the three parties committed to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by an average 7% per year, adding up to 51% by 2030. They promised to enshrine in law a target to reach net zero emissions by 205...
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Committing to climate-neutrality by 2050: EU Commission proposes European Climate Law & consults on European Climate Pact

The European Commission presented a proposal yesterdaey to enshrine in legislation the EU's political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050, to protect the planet and our people. The European Climate Law sets the 2050 target and the direction of travel for all EU policy, and gives predictability for public authorities, businesses and citizens. At the same time, the Commission is launching a pub...
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World’s beaches disappearing due to climate crisis – study

Almost half of the world’s sandy beaches will have retreated significantly by the end of the century as a result of climate-driven coastal flooding and human interference, according to new research.  The sand erosion will endanger wildlife and could inflict a heavy toll on coastal settlements that will no longer have buffer zones to protect them from rising sea levels and storm surges. In addition...
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