Meat consumption contributes to the murder of our planet

Meat consumption contributes to the murder of our planet

In a world where heatwaves will be longer, hotter, drier, and more frequent, now is the right time to start a serious conversation about animal agriculture, writes Paul Gilding.

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Global warming is mixing up nature's dinner time, study says

Global warming is mixing up nature's dinner time, study says

Global warming is screwing up nature’s intricately timed dinner hour, often making hungry critters and those on the menu show up at much different times, a new study shows.

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Macron takes swipe at Trump for withdrawing from Paris climate agreement

Macron takes swipe at Trump for withdrawing from Paris climate agreement

French President Emmanuel Macron has taken a swipe at Donald Trump for withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.

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Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere at highest levels ever, UN report

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere at highest levels ever, UN report

The amount of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere grew at record rate in 2016 to a level not seen for millions of years, potentially fuelling a 20-metre rise in sea levels and adding 3 degrees to temperatures, the United Nations has said.

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Pollution claimed nine million lives globally in 2015.

Pollution claimed nine million lives globally in 2015.

Exposure to man-made chemicals killed claimed nine million lives in 2015 – one in six of all deaths, researchers have said

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More discarded plastic than fish in our seas by 2050,  warn United Nations

More discarded plastic than fish in our seas by 2050, warn United Nations

The world's seas are "under threat as never before," the United Nations Secretary-General has told the group's first oceans conference.

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'Get ready for extreme weather'

'Get ready for extreme weather'

Top climate scientists have warned the world’s political leaders to get ready for more dangerous and “unprecedented extreme weather” caused by global warming.

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Australia passes carbon laws

Australia passes carbon laws

Australia's parliament has passed controversial carbon laws after five years of heated debate.

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Scientists in drive to make carbon-neutral cities

Scientists in drive to make carbon-neutral cities

Scientists are testing the power of trees and plants to clean the air and absorb greenhouse gases in cities in a drive to make new developments carbon neutral.

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G8 leaders in crunch climate-change talks

G8 leaders in crunch climate-change talks

G8 leaders will enter crunch talks today with emerging economies including China and India over plans to halt global warming.

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Gore urges carbon-free US within 10 years

Former Vice President Al Gore called for a “man on the moon” effort to switch all of the United States’ electricity production to wind, solar and other carbon-free sources within 10 years.

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Airlines to be included in emissions trading

The European Parliament today voted to include airlines in emissions trading, despite concerns from the US.

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G8 urged to take action on global warming

G8 urged to take action on global warming

Spiralling oil prices should not distract G8 leaders from efforts to draw up a global deal to tackle climate change, a report urged today.

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Climate-change station celebrates 50 years

A climate-station on the west coast of Ireland that has grown into an internationally important study centre today celebrates its 50th birthday.

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G8 ministers aim for 50% greenhouse gas cuts

Environment ministers from top industrial countries today called for an agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, declaring that developed nations should take the lead in battling global warming.

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Atlantic hurricane increase 'not due to global warming'

A top US government scientist has performed a U-turn on climate change, saying global warming is not responsible for the recent increase in Atlantic hurricanes.

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Climate change 'will hit poor hardest'

Millions could face poverty, disease and hunger because rising temperatures and changing rainfall are expected to hit poor countries the hardest, the World Health Organisation warned today.

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Beer production 'could be hit by climate change'

Climate change in coming decades will put the squeeze on beer supplies by impeding the production of a key grain needed for the brew – especially in Australia, a climate scientist warned today.

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World govts start talks on climate change agreement

Governments from nearly 200 countries will launch discussions in Thailand tomorrow on forging a global warming agreement, a process that is expected to be fraught with disagreements over how much to reduce greenhouse gases and which nations should adhere to binding targets.

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Gormley urges public to switch off lights and appliances at 8pm

Minister for the Environment John Gormley says people should "switch off and switch on to a new way of thinking" as part of Earth Hour tonight.

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Council to switch off lights in energy awareness move

Dublin City Council is due to take part in a worldwide initiative tonight in which unnecessary lights will be switched off for an hour to raise awareness of energy consumption.

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Eskimo community sues over global warming

A tiny Alaska village eroding into the Arctic Ocean is suing two dozen oil, power and coal companies, claiming that the large amounts of greenhouse gases they emit contribute to the global warming they say threatens the community’s existence.

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UK: Environmentalists demand action on global warming

Trade unionists and green campaigners in the UK joined forces today in a bid to tackle climate change.

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Ireland facing 20% emissions cuts under EU strategy

Ireland is to face some of the toughest targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.

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Airlines face pollution limits

Europe’s airlines face pollution limits for the first time following a deal struck in Brussels this afternoon.

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Electricity demand peak lower than estimated

Demand for electricity peaked for 2007 across Ireland yesterday evening, Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan today told the Dáil.

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EU accused of hypocrisy over car pollution

The EU was accused of hypocrisy and weakness today for compromising on a car pollution crackdown just days after claiming it was taking the lead on climate change.

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Voices of climate dissent 'being gagged'

Climate-change critics complain they have been kept out of the international debate by mainstream scientists who dismiss them as oil industry lobbyists or lunatics.

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Fury at US as climate-change summit enters final day

Attempts to forge a road map for a new international climate-change agreement are entering their final day today amid accusations the US is trying to wreck the deal.

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Vehicle use prevents Ireland from meeting CO2 targets

Increases in vehicle use are preventing Ireland from meeting its CO2 reduction targets, according to new figures out today.

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Call to name and shame US over climate deal

Campaigners tonight urged countries to name and shame the US for its “blatant attempts to derail” the negotiations for an international deal on climate change.

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Gormley: Make-or-break time for climate change deal

Attempts to forge agreement on a new international climate change deal are at a “make-or-break” stage, Minister for the Environment John Gormley warned today.

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'We're all doomed without a deal', Ban tells conference

Humanity faces oblivion if it fails to confront global warming, the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon warned today.

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Delegates split over greenhouse gas guidelines

Climate change delegates from Europe and America went head-to-head today over whether to include guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions in the plan for a new international agreement.

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Nobel prizewinner Gore: 'We are waging war on the earth itself'

Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize today and called on humanity to mobilise at once against the dangers of a changing climate.

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US issues warning on emissions targets

Attempts to begin negotiations on a new international climate change deal appeared to have hit difficulties today as the US said it did not want specific targets for global emission cuts in the “roadmap”.

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Gore to accept Nobel Peace Prize

Al Gore and the UN climate panel’s chief scientist will accept the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway today for sounding the alarm over what the former US vice president called the “planetary emergency” of global warming.

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EU leaders in Treaty signing dash

Europe’s leaders will stamp their carbon footprint all over Europe’s new reform treaty this week.

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Labour seeks integrated approach to climate change

The Labour Party has today called for an integrated approach among various Government departments to the issue of climate change.

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Climate change 'a problem for rich countries', says China

China, the world’s second-biggest source of greenhouse gases, today insisted that global warming was a problem for richer countries.

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Spain conference to produce book on global warming

A week-long conference aimed at producing a definitive guide to global warming began today.

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Households in North 'wasting millions on energy'

Millions are being wasted on energy inefficiency in homes throughout the North, new research claimed today.

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UK judge slams Gore's climate campaign

Al Gore’s climate change campaign which led to him being awarded the Nobel Prize today was criticised as one-sided sentimental mush which could lead to global instability, not peace.

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Gore to donate prize money to environmental body

Al Gore said today that global warming was not a political issue but a worldwide crisis.

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Gore shares Nobel Peace Prize

Former US vice president Al Gore has shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it was announced today.

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Gore tipped for Nobel Peace Prize

Climate change campaigner Al Gore is favourite to win the Nobel Peace Prize announced tomorrow.

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Leaders set for climate deal stand-off

World leaders attending an annual Pacific Rim summit will call for urgent progress in stalled global trade talks, according to a draft statement, but their officials struggled today to find consensus on another issue – climate change.

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UN climate talks begin

Climate experts from more than 100 countries opened a week-long UN conference in Vienna, Austria, today, seeking tougher commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions and turn the tide on global warming.

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Climate-change demonstrators step up Heathrow campaign

Climate campaigners in the UK are warning of a day of direct action against Heathrow airport today in the campaign to stop the airport authority building a fifth runway.

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Ireland stifling efforts to reduce emissions, says EU report

Ireland has been identified as one of the countries holding back the EU's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Bush calls on 15 countries to set global emission goal by 08

US President George Bush, seeking to blunt international criticism of the US record on climate change, today urged 15 major nations to agree on a global emissions goal for reducing greenhouse gases by the end of next year.

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2009 deadline set for new climate change pact

European and Asian foreign ministers have agreed to set a 2009 deadline to complete negotiations on a new international climate change pact to limit greenhouse gases, diplomats said today.

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Gore highlights potential dangers of biofuel drive

Former US Vice President Al Gore warned that the drive to produce alternative fuels to combat global warming must not create new forms of environmental damage.

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Agreement reached on climate change report

International delegates have reached an agreement on the best ways to combat climate change, despite efforts by China to water down language on cutting destructive greenhouse gas emissions.

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China and US criticise climate report

China and the United States are aiming to water down a key climate change report being discussed in Thailand this week.

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EU politicians commute 'damaging environment'

The monthly commute by EU parliamentarians from Brussels to Strasbourg produces at least an extra 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, a study commissioned by the EU Greens said.

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Groups unite to lobby for action on climate change

Twenty-two Irish organisations have joined forces to lobby the Government on tackling global warming.

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Students demand greater govt action on reducing emissions

A large group of students has mounted a demonstration outside the Dáil to call for greater government action on climate change.

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Hurricane expert blows hot over Gore documentary

A top hurricane forecaster has called former US vice president Al Gore “a gross alarmist” for making his Oscar-winning documentary about global warming, 'An Inconvenient Truth'.

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'Apocalyptic' climate change report approved

An international global warming conference today approved a report warning of dire threats to the Earth and to mankind unless the world adapts to climate change and halts its progress.

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