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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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Why does Europe need to limit climate change and adapt to its impacts?

Europe’s many regions are expected to face worsening impacts of climate change over the next decades. A compilation of several existing maps published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today illustrates how drought, heavy rain and flooding, forest fires and sea-level rise could affect some selected regions in Europe, including Central Europe, the Iberian peninsula, Scandinavia, Brittany and...
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Soil, Land and Climate Change – EEA Article

Climate change has a major impact on soil, and changes in land use and soil can either accelerate or slow down climate change. Without healthier soils and a sustainable land and soil management, we cannot tackle the climate crisis, produce enough food and adapt to a changing climate. The answer might lie in preserving and restoring key ecosystems and letting nature capture carbon from the atmosphe...
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Key Aspects of Proposed New Climate Law

The Government has outlined the key aspects of its proposed new climate Bill that it says aims to drastically reduce emissions and put the country on track for net-zero emissions by 2050. Outlining the draft scheme of the Climate Action (Amendment) Bill 2019 this morning, the Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton TD said that it will provide the “legislative underpinning” to deliver on the C...
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Ireland improved on climate change last year, report says

Ireland’s performance in addressing climate change improved over the past year although the State remains a laggard among European countries in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds.  Ireland moved up seven positions to 41st place in the latest Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) rankings, shifting from a group of “very low” to “low performers”. Last year, Ireland was in last pla...
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Significant drop in EU emissions in 2018 but effort needed to reach 2030 target

In Ireland, annual emission allocations were exceeded in 2017 by 3 Mt CO2e or 6%. Recent ESD emissions estimates indicate that the gap nearly doubled in 2018. Surplus allowances accumulated between 2013 and 2015 are currently still sufficient to cover the gap towards achieving Ireland's ESD target, but emissions have been steadily rising since 2014. The emaining surplus in 2018 is estimated to be ...
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