Irish Examiner view: Climate collapse means we need to work together

Irish Examiner view: Climate collapse means we need to work together
Picture: Stock

The Green Party might have forced Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to take environmental matters more seriously than they otherwise would have, but it remains to be seen if the government deal moves beyond the theoretical.

Yet, there are too many indications that the cultural aversion to tackling these unavoidable issues remains.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has already suggested a 7% cut in emissions won’t happen in the first few years, but will average out over a longer term.

Earlier, he and some peers ruled out any reduction in the national herd.

This ambiguity is one of the reasons that the Supreme Court yesterday heard arguments from the Friends of the Irish Environment over a High Court refusal to quash the Government’s National Mitigation Plan, because, they say, it is inadequate.

Like anything that demands huge cultural and personal change, the detail is hotly contested.

What is not contested any longer is the capacity of climate change to destroy our world.

Extremists at either end of the argument must accept this and work towards an achievable compromise.

More on this topic

Climate Action Plan needs to be fully implemented to meet EU targetsClimate Action Plan needs to be fully implemented to meet EU targets

Global June temperatures match record as Arctic Siberia swelters and burnsGlobal June temperatures match record as Arctic Siberia swelters and burns

Diesel emissions study hopes to reduce unnecessary deathsDiesel emissions study hopes to reduce unnecessary deaths

World-first as Wexford's Danone baby formula plant goes carbon-neutralWorld-first as Wexford's Danone baby formula plant goes carbon-neutral

More in this Section

Micheál Martin and Mary Lou McDonald find some common ground in opening Dáil exchangesMicheál Martin and Mary Lou McDonald find some common ground in opening Dáil exchanges

Irish Examiner View: Crowds ignore distance rulesIrish Examiner View: Crowds ignore distance rules

Irish Examiner View: A complex taskIrish Examiner View: A complex task

Irish Examiner View: Term limits may be key to renewalIrish Examiner View: Term limits may be key to renewal


Lifestyle

One iron-clad prediction for the future is that virtual reality will only get bigger and better. For now, however, virtual reality is content with taking baby steps forward, by allowing gamers to become iron-clad instead.GameTech review: Solid offering from Iron Man VR shows virtual reality getting bigger

Often dismissed as the unruly fashion child thanks to the denim cut-off, shorts are a major player this season. As seen on the runways of The Row to Saint Laurent, designers are re-discovering the charm of shorts. Versatility is their style power. From knee-length to the biker there is one to suit all, writes Paula BurnsHow to find the perfect pair of shorts this summer

The skincare tips to help with mask acne and irritationThe Skin Nerd: How to counteract the effects of 'Mask Face' on your skin

As the junior TV talent show returns for a new series, Georgia Humphreys chats to Will.i.am and the other mentorsWill.i.am and other mentors back for new series of The Voice Kids

More From The Irish Examiner