Breeding cattle and sheep to cut Ireland's carbon footprint

Breeding cattle and sheep to cut Ireland's carbon footprint

Work is underway on a revolutionary breeding programme which would dramatically reduce Irish agriculture’s carbon footprint.

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Irish Examiner View: Aldi pledge to tackle plastic crisis and cut use 50% by 2025

Irish Examiner View: Aldi pledge to tackle plastic crisis and cut use 50% by 2025

Aldi plans to remove 9,874 tonnes of plastic packaging over five years, or the equivalent of 200 million single items of plastic.

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

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

Ireland can meet the EU target of a 30% greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but only if the 2019 Climate Action Plan is fully implemented.

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Global June temperatures match record as Arctic Siberia swelters and burns

Global June temperatures match record as Arctic Siberia swelters and burns

Average temperatures were as high as 10C above normal for the month in some places, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

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Diesel emissions study hopes to reduce unnecessary deaths

Diesel emissions study hopes to reduce unnecessary deaths

Led by Dr Bidisha Ghosh, assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin's School of Engineering, the RedMap project will measure and model real-world emissions from more than 150,000 vehicles at four locations.

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

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

European food giant Danone said its facility in Wexford is the first baby formula production site in the world to be certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust.

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Norway mulls over burying its carbon at sea

Norway mulls over burying its carbon at sea

Norway's parliament will decide in October whether to back a €2.3bn project that would drastically cut emissions from a cement factory and a waste-to-energy power plant -- by burying it at sea.

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Jagan Chapagain and Andrew Steer: Delay disaster preparations and the world will pay the price

Jagan Chapagain and Andrew Steer: Delay disaster preparations and the world will pay the price

The world has been planning for the future in the mistaken belief that it will resemble the past.

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Greta Thunberg criticises leaders who want selfies with her to ‘look good’

Greta Thunberg criticises leaders who want selfies with her to ‘look good’

The teenage environmentalist said politicians wanted pictures with her to make them ‘seem like they care’ about climate change.

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Antarctic penguins ‘happier with less sea ice’

Antarctic penguins ‘happier with less sea ice’

Polar biologists have known for some time that Adelie penguins tend to see population increases during years of sparse sea ice.

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Record Arctic temperatures will have 'devastating effects', UCC scientist warns

Record Arctic temperatures will have 'devastating effects', UCC scientist warns

Prolonged warming of the Arctic Circle will have “devastating effects” on the rest of the world, an Irish climatologist has warned.

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Energy consumption from working at home 'must be sustainable'

Energy consumption from working at home 'must be sustainable'

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a pivotal moment for Government to adopt sustainable practices for working from home, which means an urgent need for new low-cost home heating solutions, including mass retrofitting of existing stock.

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

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

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.

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After BP takes a hit, investors widen climate change campaign

After BP takes a hit, investors widen climate change campaign

Investors managing €1.9 trillion in assets are widening a campaign pressing oil majors to better reflect climate risks in their accounting, and will soon target other businesses with heavy fossil fuel exposure, the group said.

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Supreme Court told Government must act urgently on climate change

Supreme Court told Government must act urgently on climate change

Unless the government acts “urgently and significantly”, there will be “catastrophic” consequences for life, health and the environment, a seven judge Supreme Court has been told.

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Legislation for €500m climate action fund published

Legislation for €500m climate action fund published

Environment Minister Richard Bruton said the fund is able to support projects without any additional cost to the Exchequer.

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Price and health benefits of food outweigh climate cares

Price and health benefits of food outweigh climate cares

The price and health benefits of food far outweigh any concerns consumers have over sustainability and carbon footprint, a survey from the dairy industry has found.

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BP writes off billions as Covid redraws rules of oil demand

BP writes off billions as Covid redraws rules of oil demand

BP Plc will write down the value of its business by as much as $17.5 billion, as the oil major predicts that the coronavirus pandemic will hurt long-term demand and accelerate the shift to cleaner energy.

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Envisioning a blue recovery and developing our oceans

Envisioning a blue recovery and developing our oceans

The impact of the Covid-19 crisis is global, and national recovery efforts must be globally focused to seize shared opportunities. Nowhere is this more evident than in the global domain that unites us — the ocean, writes Erna Solberg and Tommy Remengesau Jr

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Turning the community green: How groups can help their areas save while contributing to national energy targets

Turning the community green: How groups can help their areas save while contributing to national energy targets

With an ever-increasing focus on the need for green energy and sustainability in how we live our lives, I have written numerous times about initiatives to help individuals and families protect the environment.

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High tide causes widespread flooding in Venice

High tide causes widespread flooding in Venice

A quarter of the Italian city was affected by the high water levels.

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Shane McDonagh: Cow burps and cars - a new way of measuring emissions

Shane McDonagh: Cow burps and cars - a new way of measuring emissions

Agriculture accounts for 33% of Irish emissions and rising, but simply reducing the national herd is not the solution, argues Shane McDonagh.

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Irish Examiner View: We must declare SOS for our planet and kick our fossil fuel addiction

Irish Examiner View: We must declare SOS for our planet and kick our fossil fuel addiction

IF Planet Earth was a person, he or she would by now be a chain-smoking heroin addict with a death wish, hovering on the brink of homelessness. The pandemic has exposed how our addiction to fossil fuels is destroying the only home we have, proving even to sceptics that mass industrialisation has a profound effect on C02 levels and promotes global warming.

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Key UN climate talks delayed until November 2021

Key UN climate talks delayed until November 2021

Talks were due to take place in November this year, but were delayed due to the pandemic.

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David Attenborough to lay out ‘vision’ for the future in new book

David Attenborough to lay out ‘vision’ for the future in new book

The naturalist and broadcaster has called for urgent action to stop things getting ‘much, much worse’.

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Applications open for €11m fund for Midlands transition from peat to green energy

Applications open for €11m fund for Midlands transition from peat to green energy

An €11 million fund to assist the Midlands region to move away from peat extraction towards green energy jobs and enterprises has opened, with calls for funding to be increased to €25 million next year.

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Proposal to use Midlands as a major hub for renewable energy

Proposal to use Midlands as a major hub for renewable energy

Just Transition Commissioner Kieran Mulvey has set out a number of proposals including the establishment of a new climate change centre.

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Scientists find climate change tipping point for tropical forests

Scientists find climate change tipping point for tropical forests

Forests in the tropics will be resilient to global warming as long as we stop temperatures rising 2C above pre-industrial levels, research has found.

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Majority believe Government must prioritise action on climate change

Majority believe Government must prioritise action on climate change

These are some of the findings of a poll of more than 1,000 people by the environmental and sustainability campaign group, Friends of the Earth Ireland, which describes the survey findings as "stunning".

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Learning Points: Let’s have the vision to open our ears to the truth about climate change

Learning Points: Let’s have the vision to open our ears to the truth about climate change

I had watched many Ted talks by Bill Gates over the years where he outlined the imminent threat we faced as a species but no collective response was undertaken.

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Emission reductions must be necessity not ambition for next government - UCC expert

Emission reductions must be necessity not ambition for next government - UCC expert

A yearly reduction of 7% in emissions should not only be an ambition for the next coalition, but a necessity in order to govern effectively, according to experts.

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Letter to the Editor: EU is fiddling while Rome burns

Letter to the Editor: EU is fiddling while Rome burns

The EU is fiddling whilst Rome burns. And soon maybe Berlin will be burning. Northern European Banks can and should invest in climate change mitigation.

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Paul Deane: It will take longer than we thought to achieve green cuts

Paul Deane: It will take longer than we thought to achieve green cuts

Success in climate policy is measured in delivered reductions rather than rhetoric. Ireland has scored high in the latter and the worst in Europe in the former.

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Belfast study reveals how microplastic pollution is threatening biodiversity

Belfast study reveals how microplastic pollution is threatening biodiversity

A study by academics from Queen’s University in Belfast examined the impact on hermit crabs.

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David Attenborough in plea for world to ‘stop waste and cherish our planet’

David Attenborough in plea for world to ‘stop waste and cherish our planet’

The broadcaster said the Earth can be saved if people take their ‘last chance’ to change their behaviour.

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Warming seas affecting fish size, Trinity scientist warns

Warming seas affecting fish size, Trinity scientist warns

Warming seas are affecting fish sizes in a way that could upset complex ocean food webs, scientists have found.

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The Irish Examiner View: It’s still up to us

The Irish Examiner View: It’s still up to us

The demands on science, as today’s crisis underlines, are unrelenting. Once this crisis passes, scientists will still be faced with a far bigger challenge: Trying to sustain life and lifestyles without destroying the planet. Another advance in that do-or-die challenge has been published.

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Japan criticised for ‘highly insufficient’ climate plans

Japan criticised for ‘highly insufficient’ climate plans

Japan has been criticised for failing to increase its ambition to tackle climate change, as it becomes the first major economy to submit updated plans on cutting emissions.

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Parenting for the planet during a lockdown

Parenting for the planet during a lockdown

Cara Augustenborg’s novel approach to home-schooling sees curriculum subjects vie with gardening, baking and learning about our planet, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Amy Luers: We need to continue working together to fight global threats

Amy Luers: We need to continue working together to fight global threats

In addition to costing human lives, this year’s unprecedentedly severe wildfire season in Australia has destroyed an estimated 2,500 homes, killed hundreds of millions of animals, battered the economy, and placed severe pressure on the government, writes Amy Luers.

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Greta Thunberg takes weekly climate strike action online

Greta Thunberg takes weekly climate strike action online

The 17-year-old activist encouraged youngsters to take their protests to Twitter rather than the streets amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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We must all change our ways to sustain the planet

We must all change our ways to sustain the planet

We must all do our part to ensure our children inherit a sustainable enviornment, writes Belgium based European Environmental Bureau executive, Khaled Diab

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Seabird numbers decline as climate change bites, experts warn

Seabird numbers decline as climate change bites, experts warn

The warning comes as the latest figures for breeding seabirds show declines for many species.

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Letter to the Editor: World faces a crossroads and extinction a possibility

Letter to the Editor: World faces a crossroads and extinction a possibility

“More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly”

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Kyran Fitzgerald: Irish Fiscal Council sounds the alarm on the climate emergency

Kyran Fitzgerald: Irish Fiscal Council sounds the alarm on the climate emergency

From Irish banks exposed to bad loans and the slow process to redirect resources, Kyran Fitzgerald writes on the climate challenges identified by a fascinating conference

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‘You’ve got to make the changes you want to see’, says Fota Wildlife director

‘You’ve got to make the changes you want to see’, says Fota Wildlife director

Rita de Brún speaks with Sean McKeown, Fota Wildlife Park director and longtime Cork resident.

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Children urged to enter climate essay competition judged by Ryan Tubridy

Children urged to enter climate essay competition judged by Ryan Tubridy

RTÉ star is juding climate change essay competition, says Helen O'Callaghan

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Joe Gill: Wall of money ready to drive climate change projects

Joe Gill: Wall of money ready to drive climate change projects

A wave of green change is sweeping across the corporate landscape and they have profound consequences for the way in which all of us will be employed and how we will consume, writes Joe Gill.

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Investors wonder whether meat substitute firm is more than a mere flash in the pan

Investors wonder whether meat substitute firm is more than a mere flash in the pan

After the NASDAQ stock exchange closes in New York on Thursday, a company called Beyond Meat will report its fourth quarter and full-year 2019 financial results.

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Inspiring creativity: Kids on call for climate essay

Inspiring creativity: Kids on call for climate essay

Children’s creativity is inspiring, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Mohamed A. El-Erian: We must be ready for the brave new world

Mohamed A. El-Erian: We must be ready for the brave new world

Climate change, technology, disruption of globalisation, and demographic shifts are heralding rapid change. Decision-makers must prepare, says Mohammed A El-Erian

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The Irish Examiner View: Hope will not trump science

The Irish Examiner View: Hope will not trump science

We kick the can along the road, hoping optimism will trump science.

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UK financial watchdog plans climate change scrutiny

UK financial watchdog plans climate change scrutiny

Britain’s financial accounting watchdog plans to review how companies and auditors assess and report the impact of climate change on their businesses.

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Only one in four willing to pay environmental taxes, research says

Only one in four willing to pay environmental taxes, research says

Most people have taken action to help the environment but less than one in four is willing to pay environmental charges or taxes, it has emerged.

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Greenwashing: Climate pledges put under spotlight

Greenwashing: Climate pledges put under spotlight

In the new age of sustainability, there are plenty of companies pledging to offset emissions in the race for net-zero

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Ireland one of 30 worst climate actors

Ireland one of 30 worst climate actors

Ireland’s appalling record on climate change has been highlighted in a global report — which warns that our failure to tackle CO2 emissions targets is putting children’s health at risk.

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Amazon boss Jeff Bezos commits $10bn to fight climate change

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos commits $10bn to fight climate change

Mr Bezos said in the post that he will call his new initiative the Bezos Earth Fund.

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Dublin becomes first Irish city to commit to improving air quality

Dublin becomes first Irish city to commit to improving air quality

All four local authorities in the county are joining the 'Breathe Life' campaign.

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Extinction Rebellion stage flights pollution protest at Gatwick

Extinction Rebellion stage flights pollution protest at Gatwick

Passengers were greeted by a man in a tiger onesie and other environmental activists.

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