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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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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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Nature-based solutions should play increased role in tackling climate change – EEA Report

Nature-based solutions should play increased role in tackling climate change - EEA Report Climate change, biodiversity loss and degradation of ecosystems are linked and all have devastating consequences for our economic and social stability, health and well-being. Working with nature is increasingly recognised as an efficient way to tackle these growing challenges, according the new EEA report ‘N...
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Government approves landmark Climate Bill putting Ireland on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050

Government approves landmark Climate Bill putting Ireland on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050 Government has approved the final text of legislation to set Ireland on the path to net-Zero emissions no later than 2050, and to a 51% reduction in emissions by the end of this decade.  The Bill will also provide the framework for Ireland to meet its international and EU climate commitments and to...
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New EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change

New EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change The European Commission adopted today a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must also get ready to face its unavoidable consequences. From deadly...
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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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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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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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