Clear glass solar panels ‘could charge mobile phones and electric cars’

Clear glass solar panels ‘could charge mobile phones and electric cars’

A working model of the glass has been created to show the viability of the process, but it now needs to be refined.

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Humans generated 1.8bn tonnes of solid waste in 2016

Humans generated 1.8 billion tonnes of solid waste in 2016, including 220 million tonnes of plastic, according to the World Bank.

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Extinction Rebellion launches ‘summer uprising’ environmental protests in the UK

Protesters take action across five UK cities calling on the British Government to halt wildlife losses and cut greenhouse gases to net zero by 2025.

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More Energy Needed in Battle Against E-Waste

More Energy Needed in Battle Against E-Waste

It is estimated that 50 million tonnes of electronic waste - or e-waste - was generated globally in 2018, half of which comprised personal tech devices.

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Dublin temps will rise 3.3C by 2050, climate change study shows; London will be as hot as Melbourne

A new climate study has shown the projected climate change of major cities across the world by 2050 and the results are startling.

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Govt's use of 'money messages' to block climate bill leads to furious row in Dáil

There have been furious scenes in the Dáil amid an ongoing row over a climate bill and the Government's use of so-called 'money messages'.

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Environmental groups deliver devastating critique of the Government's Climate Action Plan

More than 30 environmental and human rights groups have delivered a devastating critique of the Government's Climate Action Plan describing it as lacking detail, ambition and urgency.

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Climate change will cause great social unrest, David Attenborough warns

The broadcaster told MPs that dealing with environmental problems will cost money and will require changes to people’s lifestyles.

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Climate Change: Urban greening can save species, cool warming cities, and make us happy

The current climate and ecological crisis demands a radical redesign of how we live and organise our societies, yet these urgent changes, though complex, are far from impossible.

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EPA issues Dublin air pollution warning

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has raised concerns over potentially dangerous levels of air pollution in Dublin, including nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels that surpass the annual EU limit.

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Climate activists glue themselves to Dept of Climate Action building in Dublin

Climate change protesters have glued themselves to the doors of a government building in Dublin.

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Climate activists protest during Environment Minister’s speech

The protest took place during a conference at Dublin’s Botanic Gardens.

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'Nothing but lies' - Brid Smith threatens legal action against Government for blocking climate Bill

The People Before Profit deputy has seen her bill been backed by a majority of Dáil TDs on two occasions.

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Green generations: Elders for the Earth join forces with green teens

Shamim Malekmian meets the rebels behind Elders for the Earth, who are supporting the teenage climate strikers’ campaign for greener policies.

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Govt accused of 'utter hypocrisy' after blocking Bill banning oil and gas exploration

The Government has been accused of "utter hypocrisy" on climate change after it blocked a Bill seeking to ban oil and gas exploration in Irish waters.

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‘Hell is coming’: What lies ahead for Europe as temperatures soar

HALF of Europe has been slammed by a massive heat wave in recent weeks, with many regions experiencing temperatures never before seen in June. But it may just be the beginning, says Marco Evers.

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Calls for Govt to undertake impact assessments before Paris Climate Agreement acted upon

Irish trade unions have called on the Government to ensure a 'just transition' for those on the lowest incomes as it moves towards a low-carbon economy.

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Creed says climate change protections in Mercosur agreement a 'deal breaker'

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has said climate change protections built into the Mercosur trade agreement were a “deal breaker” which could be used to thwart the EU-South America pact.

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French protesters block Amazon sites over climate and jobs

Demonstrators forced their way into Amazon offices in northern Paris.

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Floating Antarctic ice goes from record high to record lows

Experts do not know if it is a natural blip or long-term global warming.

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Coastal residents in Alaska alarmed by melting ice in ‘baking’ temperatures

Communities are finding it harder to harvest fish and wildlife in the unusually hot conditions.

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Only 13 of 6,700 State vehicles are electric

The Government’s climate action transport targets have been labelled a “joke” after it emerged the State’s fleet includes just 13 electric vehicles out of thousands registered across departments and agencies.

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World leaders at odds at the G20 summit as May pushes for climate change action

Theresa May was using the gathering in Osaka to urge her counterparts to step up action to tackle climate change.

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Extremes suggest we must act more quickly

A record temperature was recorded in France yesterday when, in Carpentras, in the south-eastern Vaucluse département, the mercury hit 44.3C, breaking the previous record of 44.1C set in Montpellier and Nîmes in August 2003.

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Extinction Rebellion to target Wimbledon over single-use plastics

The activists say their issue is not with tennis but with the single-use plastic in its sponsors’ products.

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Dublin and Cork commit to net zero emissions by 2050

Dublin and Cork Airports have committed to becoming net zero for their carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.

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State to be forestry ‘player’ in battle to hit climate targets

The State is to again buy land for forestry to meet climate change targets.

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Climate collapse and trees: Common good must prevail

The Government is slowly realising, or at least belatedly acknowledging publicly, that it needs to do much more to lead cultural change on climate collapse aversion programmes.

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G20 environment plan laudable but will be too little too late

We need tangible results sooner than 2030 if we are to avert the worst effects of climate change, says Johan Rockström.

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Festivals should be fined if they don’t meet green standards – study

Many support a levy that could fund environmental initiatives.

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Cork County Council to be first local authority to publish a Climate Adaptation Strategy

Cork County Council is to become one of the first local authorities in the country to publish a Climate Adaptation Strategy, which will form a blueprint for more environmentally-friendly planning and services into the future.

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Trump is a threat to the planet, but so are the Democrats

In American politics, the Republican Party's commitment to the fossil-fuel industry means that it will continue to deny climate science and favour policies that exacerbate global warming.

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‘Many attended climate event,’ government insists despite criticism

The Government has defended the arrangements of a public meeting on climate change, despite complaints that the public was not told where or when it was taking place.

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Climate Action Plan: The ‘secret’ public meeting

When thinking about ways in which the Government’s climate action plan could be publicised and discussed by all who will be affected by it, the environment ministry had an inspired idea: An old-fashioned town hall meeting.

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Climate ‘town hall’ meeting in Cork by Government shrouded in secrecy

A Government ‘town hall’ meeting in Cork to promote its climate action plan was invitation-only and was not publicised in advance.

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Pete the plant prepares to take a selfie in trial to help monitor rainforests

The test aims to develop a way of using plants to power camera traps and sensors so experts can monitor habitats such as tropical forests from afar.

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Minister to hold town hall meetings on Climate Action Plan

The Environment Minister is to hold at least six town-hall meetings across the country on the new Climate Action Plan.

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Himalayan glaciers melting twice as fast than before

Cold War-era spy satellite images have shown scientists that glaciers on the Himalayas are now melting twice as fast as they used to.

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Danny Healy-Rae: Climate plan ‘will hurt rural Ireland’

The Government has been warned its Climate Action Plan will hurt rural Ireland and stop families buying tractors and burning turf.

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Noise pollution: Disturbing birds

As if mankind’s effects on the planet and the natural world was not profound enough, it now emerges that our noisy presence is disturbing bird life. New research from Queen’s University Belfast shows manmade sounds mask signals between birds, hampering their ability to communicate with each other through song.

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Watch: Starving polar bear spotted in Siberian city far from usual habitat

An emaciated polar bear has been sighted in a Russian industrial city in Siberia, far south of its normal hunting grounds.

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Government told lead by example and switch to electric local authority vehicles

All local authorities in Ireland are being urged to switch to using electric vehicles immediately.

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Climate change proposals: Our survival depends on huge change

The defining characteristic of humanity is how we face and survive constant change; how we deal with the reality that nothing stays the same forever, or even for very long.

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Bruton: Tax changes will shift to fund climate action plans

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton has said there will have to be a gradual shift in the way taxes are raised to fund climate change plans.

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Dooley: State will have to offer cheap finance, not handouts, for people retrofitting their homes

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Timmy Dooley has said that the State is going to have to intervene and offer financial packages to encourage people to retrofit their homes, as part of the Government’s Climate Action Plan.

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Climate Action Plan very demanding on farmers, say IFA

The Irish Farmers' Association has said the Climate Action Plan is very demanding on farmers.

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The world is running out of time to make a change

For decades, most of the major economies have relied on a form of capitalism that delivered considerable benefits. But such systems do not work in isolation, writes Bertrand Badré.

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Climate Change Report: The last throw of the dice as Government reveals radical plans

Radical changes to how we heat our homes, travel to work, and farm need to occur for Ireland to avoid paying billions of euro in environmental fines by 2030, the Government has said.

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Fianna Fáil hit out at government's uncosted Climate Action Plan

Fianna Fáil has raised concerns that the Government's climate action plan has not been costed.

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Green Party claims Ross 'doesn't understand' changes needed to tackle climate crisis

The Green Party has hit out at Transport Minister Shane Ross claiming he doesn't understand the massive changes that are needed to tackle the climate crisis.

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Taoiseach: Government will 'nudge people to change behaviour' in bid to tackle climate change

Mr Varadkar said the plan detailed “a way forward that is both effective and sensible".

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Q&A: All you need to know about the Climate Action Plan

The government's plan on how Ireland will achieve its 2030 targets for carbon emissions was published today.

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Home retrofits, electric cars and renewable energy key elements of Climate Action Plan

The elimination of non-recyclable plastic, a focus on electric cars, and home retrofits are among the 180 actions set out in the government's Climate Action Plan published today.

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Government climate plan will see departments pay for missed environment targets

Government departments will be forced to pay out of their own pockets if they fail to hit specific multi-year environmental targets, potentially putting other services at risk if they continue to ignore the climate crisis.

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Huge cultural change needed - Climate plan expected today

The long-awaited Government climate action plan will be launched today. We have, as recent elections and spreading protests show, deceived ourselves and betrayed our children on this crisis for years and years.

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We can overcome with historical unification of mankind

We can overcome with historical unification of mankind

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Extinction Rebellion Heathrow protest scrapped

The group had said it would ground flights in June and July unless plans to build a third runway were axed.

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Campaigners vow further action as oil rig heads to North Sea

Greenpeace activists occupied the Transocean PBLJ rig in the Cromarty Firth for five days.

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