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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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EU warns Ireland over housing, environment and budget risks

The European Commission’s 2020 review of the economy here has found the State is one of nine countries that are experiencing “imbalances” and warned that the budget is under threat from changes to the way companies are taxed globally as well as Brexit. The report found that while public finances have been improving as the State has now run two successive budget surpluses and debt has fallen to 63....
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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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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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Ireland needs needs more detailed land-use maps

Ireland is one of the few countries in Europe that does not have precise and detailed maps of how land is used and how land use is changing over time.  As we become more alert to the high levels of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural land use and the detrimental effects of climate change on land, experts agree that clear and accurate information on the different types of land...
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62% Irish people take action on climate change – EU Survey

According to a recent Eurobarometer survey carried out by the European Commission, European citizens are very concerned about climate change and support EU-wide measures to tackle it. Ireland Three quarters of respondents in Ireland see climate change as a ‘very serious’ problem (75%, just below the EU average of 79%), a significant increase of seven percentage points (pp) since the previous s...
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