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Ireland set to become first country to divest from fossil fuels

The Seanad has passed a historic Bill to make Ireland the first country in the world to fully divest from fossil fuels. Senators voted to pass the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill to ban the state investment vehicle, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), from any future investment in fossil fuels.  The Bill, introduced by independent Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle, will now go to the President ...
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Huge opposition to Irish Cement’s Mungret proposal on environmental grounds

Limerick Against Pollution wants the regulator to hold oral hearing.  The group set up in opposition to Irish Cement’s €10m plans for Mungret has called a further oral hearing to discuss the health risks associated with the proposal.  It comes after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sought more information on the blueprint, which will see the Mungret-based company switch away from fossil f...
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Behavioural change key to determine energy future

Behavioural change will play a significant role in future global energy trends, a University College Cork (UCC) climate expert has said.  Speaking at an energy lecture presented by the Irish Royal Academy on Monday, Dr Paul Deane said that human behaviour would be a crucial factor in determining the world’s energy future.  “Technology changes are simply not enough, we really need to start looking ...
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As Dublin Horse Show kicks off, we look at ways Horses Benefit the Environment

Early society depended on horses for transportation, farming and other tasks before the engine and the use of fossil fuels dominated industries around the world. Horses benefited the environment during that time as a cleaner source of energy than gas-powered cars. Today, the environment and Earth still benefit from horses, especially as horse owners and farms adopt more environmentally friendly...
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Ireland becomes world’s first country to divest from fossil fuels

Ireland has become the first country to fully divest public money from fossil fuels, which is viewed as the biggest contributor to climate change. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill passed in the Dáil this afternoon.  The Bill, proposed by the Independent TD Thomas Pringle, prohibits the Government's Strategic Investment Fund from investing in fossil fuels.   It must now pass through the Seanad. ...
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Ireland’s new gas projects compete with wind and solar – finds International report

Drilling for new gas in Irish waters is not compatible with achieving Paris Agreement targets to limit the impact of climate change, a new international study has found. The study from the climate and energy think tank, Oil Change International, assesses the role of gas in the energy system against Ireland’s decarbonisation targets and Paris obligations.  The EU has set emissions reductions tar...
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15 Projects That Could Quash Air Pollution Around the World

Source: Stefano Boeri Architetti
Thankfully, we're closer to solving the problem than ever before. With cutting-edge technologies, government initiatives, and innovative projects we could finally put an end to air pollution once and for all. Here are some of the projects that can make a big impact. 1. Letting Citizens Test their Own Air Quality One of the best tools in the fight against air pollution is education. By educ...
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Failure of Ireland to meet greenhouse gas targets

Ireland is set to miss a European Union target set for greenhouse gas emission reductions, according to new Environmental Protection Agency projections. The EPA said that Ireland will achieve just a 1% reduction on 2005 emission levels by 2020, instead of the target of 20%. Missing the legally-binding target opens the possibility of the country facing large fines. The EPA says that strong econo...
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How the Sun affects the Environment – Solar energy

Without the Sun, Earth’s land, water, and air would all be frozen solid! Life on Earth would cease to exist as almost all living things rely on the steady light and heat of the Sun. The Sun’s heat makes liquid water on our planet possible. And all life that we know of needs liquid water to survive. Changes in the Sun’s brightness can change global temperatures. Luckily, the Sun, like most mi...
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