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Loss of Ireland’s biodiversity is accelerating

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating Ireland is missing its chance to protect its dwindling biodiversity with several iconic species of bird, fish and mammals under threat.  Globally, the loss of our natural world is proceeding in an unprecedented manner, with a human handprint leaving one million species under the threat of extinction. This is the stark finding of a landmark 2019 UN a...
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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coalition ‘reluctantly’ withdraws from agri-food committee Ireland’s coalition of environmental groups has “reluctantly withdrawn” from the Agri-Food 2030 Strategy Committee having concluded a draft strategy “is woefully inadequate to meet the social and environmental challenges we face”.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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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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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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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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