Robinson says sustainable goals should be part of education curriculum

The former Irish president described the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as “very relevant to our world”

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Hans Zimmer: We are slithering towards the last days of humanity

The composer scores a new BBC series about the natural world.

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Amazon aims to cut carbon footprint

Amazon, which ships millions of packages a year to shoppers' doorsteps, has announced plans to make half of all its shipments carbon neutral by 2030.

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Irish butterfly and bumblebee numbers slump

Ireland’s butterflies and bumblebees are dying off at an even faster rate than the catastrophic global decline.

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Insect populations collapsing: We’re codding ourselves again

For generations, we ignored warnings about our impact on the great bounty of the oceans.

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Climate change protesters target London Fashion Week

Activists rallied outside Tate Britain and on The Strand.

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Public information event on climate change to be held in Dublin today

The event is part of the public consultation process for Dublin City Council's Draft Climate Action Change Plan.

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Police intervene as UK schoolchildren strike over climate change

Mounted police in the UK ushered demonstrators off the roads and back onto the pavement.

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Schoolchildren protesting in Belfast over climate change warn time for action is running out

A passionate crowd of school children have demonstrated in Belfast to demand action on climate change.

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Schoolchildren across UK strike over climate change

Thousands of schoolchildren in the UK are walking out of class as part of the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement.

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Students in the UK expected to strike for climate action

Youth Strike 4 Climate organisers say strikes are taking place in 60 towns and cities across the UK.

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Harrison Ford knocks Trump during climate change speech

The actor avoided saying Donald Trump’s name at the World Government Summit but targeted the US president within the opening moments of his speech.

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Measuring climate change’s true cost

When the financial consequences finally sink in, people will — perhaps — start taking climate change more seriously and make the tough decisions needed, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Breaking Germany’s coal addiction

The world’s fourth-largest economy has set 2038 as the deadline for reaching zero coal, not a moment too soon, say Johan Rockström and Owen Gaffney.

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2018 was the fourth warmest year on record

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said analysis of five leading international datasets showed the global average temperature last year was approximately 1C above pre-industrial levels of 1850-1900.

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Central Bank governor: Climate change may create financial instability

Failure to tackle climate change in a speedy and effective way could lead to financial instability in Ireland, according to the governor of the Central Bank.

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Peat harvesting rules relaxed - Government posturing on climate crisis

In recent weeks, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar expressed a new commitment to confronting climate change.

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Tens of thousands of Belgian school students join climate change protests

Marches were held across the country as the teenagers said they had been left ‘a planet in bad shape’.

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FIE ‘can’t claim human rights breaches’

It is rare that a campaign is faulted for representing too many people but that, in essence, was one of the arguments against the group who took the State to court for failing to meet its climate change responsibilities.

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Climate change crisis - Murray’s green basin almost dusty outback

In Eric Bogle’s great anti-war song ‘The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’ his narrator “lived the free life of the rover From the Murray’s green basin to the dusty outback I waltzed my Matilda all over” before he was called, like hundreds of Irishmen, to fight at Gallipoli.

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Scientists say 2018 was fourth warmest year on record amid long-term fears

Although the planet was slightly cooler last year, experts fear the warming trend is ‘stunningly clear’.

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32,000 Belgian students march to demand climate protections

Thousands of students in Belgium have skipped school for the third week in a row and more than 30,000 swamped the centre of Brussels to demand better protection of the world's climate.

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"It's like climate change has a voice in this room."

Irish Examiner reporter, Caroline O'Doherty, was in court today as the Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) began their court action over the adequacy of the Government's plans to tackle climate breakdown.

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Balanced diets: The way we eat threatens us all unless we change

I wouldn't often say this, but a farmers’ representative stopped me in my tracks the other night.

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David Attenborough calls for climate plan

The veteran broadcaster was accepting award at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Activists urge Ireland to end 'blood coal' imports from Colombia

Ireland is complicit in human rights breaches in Colombia by buying coal from a mine accused of multiple abuses of local communities, campaigners say.

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'Time's up' on climate change, say campaigners calling for government action

Campaigners say the government needs to act faster on issues around climate change.

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Children gather on streets of Dublin for climate change protest

“I won’t have a vote for another seven years. But another seven years of greenhouse gas emissions will be a disaster.”

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Lifestyle changes necessary to tackle climate change, says minister

‘The window for opportunity is closing. The decisions we take now will define the next century,’ Richard Bruton said.

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Climate change conversion - Let’s work towards new way of living

Even though it has provided high drama and, for a while at least, a perverse entertainment, in the grand, centuries-long scheme of things, Brexit matters little enough.

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Climate change and deforestation threatening the existence of several coffee species

Climate change could pose a threat to your morning coffee.

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Healy-Rae: People giving up meat have never worked a hard day in their lives

A TD has claimed people who are giving up eating meat have never worked a hard day in their lives.

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Easter Island provides climate change warning

In one of his most provocative speeches, an early version of his recent warning of the accelerating threat climate change poses to our civilisation, David Attenborough spoke from Easter Island, a remote outcrop in the Pacific, 3,510km west of continental Chile.

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We need to get serious about climate change

The Government needs to make a resolution that 2019 will be the year we finally get serious about climate change.

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Donohoe: Ireland to withdraw public money from investment in fossil fuels

The divestment follows the enactment of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act 2018 which was signed into law by the President last month.

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2018 was the year that climate change finally became undeniable

Our world is changing. You, like me, may have been doing you’re darndest to look the other way and pretend it’s not.

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Fewer than 60 homeowners have availed of sustainable energy scheme grants

Irish households have the highest carbon emissions in Europe.

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Climate change: Ireland is a developed country with a developing nation’s emissions profile

We are one of the only EU countries in which greenhouse gases are rising and we are likely to miss our 2020 targets, writes Cara Augustenborg.

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Climate change causing feminisation of green turtles, research suggests

By 2100 93% of all hatchlings of the sea-based species could be female because of rising global temperatures in West Africa

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Sowing the seeds of change: A modest but powerful move

One of the shameless and all-so-revealing dodges used by Irish businesses, whose balance sheets might be constrained by a more responsible, by a more honest response to climate collapse, is that this is a small country that can’t really do much to turn the climate change tide.

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Ireland falling way behind on climate change action, admits Taoiseach

Leo Varadkar said despite the poor performance meeting emission targets, Ireland led the way on recycling and renewable energy.

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Government to phase out single-use plastics

Single-use plastics are to be phased out across all government departments and agencies before wider laws are introduced to completely ban throwaway products, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.

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Current standard of living too high, says Charles Darwin descendant

Sarah Darwin said people needed to use ‘our great brains’ to find a sustainable way of living in the coming year.

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No time to waste in tackling environmental pollution

With global waste generation set to increase by as much as 70% by 2050, the world must act swiftly to avoid a catastrophe, write Mahmoud Mohieldin, Sameh Wahba, and Silpa Kaza Mahmoud

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Documentary that looks at Ireland's 'Climate Chaos' airs tonight

"With the world's climate taking a turn for the worse in 2018; this one hour Virgin Media News special takes a look back at the major Irish and international weather events that made national and global headlines throughout the year," states a press release ahead of the documentary which airs tonight at 10pm.

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Big business, ironically, is the key driver in saving our planet

Business leaders must co-operate with governments and communities to bring about sustainable development. Market power can drive social change, writes Paul Polman.

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Readers' Blog: Potential for cycling to cut carbon emissions

The Government’s recently published Annual Transition Statement 2018 has ignored the potential for cycling to reduce transport emissions (1). The legislation is designed to enable Ireland’s transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050.

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UCC named one of the world’s 'most sustainable' universities

University College Cork (UCC) has become the only university in Ireland to make the top 10 in a list of the ‘greenest’ universities in the world.

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Climate change conference: Over to you...

The summit on climate change in Katowice closed on a positive note — if any such conclusion can be reached on anything to do with our self-inflicted destruction of our world.

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Diplomats at UN climate talks agree on reporting emissions

The UN talks were meant to provide firm guidelines for countries on how to transparently report their greenhouse gas emissions.

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Ireland needs 'urgent action' to address fossil-fuel reliance

Ireland faces an "urgent need for action" to address reliance on fossil fuels which account for more than 90% of all energy use here.

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Fossil fuels accounted for 90% of energy use in 2017, says SEAI

Fossil fuels accounted for over 90% of all energy used in Ireland last year, according to a new report from the Sustainable Energy Authority Of Ireland.

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Reader's Blog: Clear sky thinking on cutting emissions

This is a proposal to try to reduce the carbon emissions and placate Brussels, before they apply fines, which will fall on citizens via taxes.

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Confronting aviation pollution: Time has come to limit air miles

We take many things once regarded as miraculous as everyday. We take almost unlimited access to TV channels for granted.

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Nasa detects new signs glaciers in East Antarctica are melting

The findings heighten fears that ice loss could lead to rising sea levels.

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Ranked 48 out of 56 on climate: Report puts us in a pariah category

Many years ago, when the full scale of the institutionalised child sexual abuse became apparent, we recoiled in horror and shame.

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Ireland worst performing European country at tackling climate change

Ireland is the worst performing country in the EU at tackling climate change, according to an international report.

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Ireland 'still rated as the worst-performing EU country' in tackling climate change

Ireland placed 48th out of the 56 countries ranked on the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI).

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Readers' Blog: Time is running out on climate change

Thanks to humankind the course of destruction of our environment has been set.

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Which European city hopes to plant three million new trees by 2030?

Environmental improvements have already been noted since the transformation started in the city.

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