‘Scrap 2040 plan and get serious on climate’

Leo Varadkar must scrap the Government’s 2040 national development plan if he is serious about climate change, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said.

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Eating less beef will reduce carbon footprint – environmental expert

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar came under pressure from farmers earlier this year for saying he was trying to eat meat less to reduce his carbon emissions.

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No Irish city 'responded to climate change survey request'

An international organisation that measures efforts by cities worldwide to cut carbon emissions said that no Irish city has responded to its survey.

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Report shows Ireland is not reaching renewable energy targets

Ireland is set to fall short of the EU's 2020 targets for renewable energy use.

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The 15 cities doing more than most to cut carbon

Cities, which are home to more than half the world’s population, are stepping up efforts to slash pollution, often wresting the fight against climate change away from national governments.

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Missing greenhouse gas targets may cost State €150m

The Government may have to pay up €150m for missing its greenhouse gas emissions target.

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Plastic pollution an unfolding catastrophe, says David Attenborough

The journey to extreme depths of the Mariana Trench encountered new species of sea creatures, as well as a plastic bag and sweet wrappers.

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Climate change: seeing the planet break down is depressing – here's how to turn your pain into action

There are thousands of articles explaining why we need to act. This one is different.

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Public urged to adopt ‘new set of beliefs’ to save planet

Ireland’s climate change minister Richard Bruton criticised what he described as the world’s ‘love affair’ with plastics.

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Fake conversion - Still avoiding climate reality

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Government had, after we were told that one million species are in danger of extinction, a sort of Pauline conversion.

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Living the good life on a hillside in Portugal

Given how sustainability is and undoubtedly will remain the ultimate buzzword between now and the end of life on earth, two friends of mine decided to tackle it head-on, by relocating and making some radical changes to how they live.

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Families call for action on climate change in street protest

Marches at home and abroad saw parents come on to the streets with children.

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UN chief begins South Pacific tour with climate change warning

Speaking in New Zealand, Antonio Guterres said the political will to act appears to be fading.

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Climate: Action and example needed

The first sentence in one of the earliest and most popular self-help books, The Road Less Travelled in 1978 was a banal statement of the blindingly obvious.

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Government must take the reins on climate action

I’ve tried the whole ‘just do your bit’ approach; the recycling, the reusing, the reducing meat consumption, the Keep Cup, and the avoiding of single-use plastics and polyester clothing, writes Joyce Fegan.

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Scientists at Cambridge University to explore radical ways to tackle climate change

Refreezing the Earth’s polar regions and ‘greening’ the oceans are among the ideas up for research.

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Declaration must now lead to government action on climate: Campaigners

The declaration that there is a climate emergency must lead to Government action campaigners and opposition politicians have said.

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Environment groups: Declaration of climate emergency 'not just symbolic'

Environment groups say the declaration of a climate emergency could be an important turning point.

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Government declares climate emergency

Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton said climate change has been rightly described as the greatest challenge facing humanity.

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Closer monitoring of puffins to take place amid climate change fears

A five-yearly census of the charismatic ‘clowns of the sea’ is changing to an annual survey amid global falls in numbers, British National Trust says.

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Key questions answered on the global assessment of the state of nature

A major new study warns that the natural world is deteriorating faster than ever as a direct result of human activity, putting the foundations of economies, health and well-being at risk.

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Nature declining at ‘unprecedented’ rate, UN study warns

Wildlife losses are a direct result of human activity and constitute a direct threat to human well-being worldwide, scientists have warned.

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Young climate change activists chain themselves to railings outside UK Parliament

It comes after Extinction Rebellion began to wind down their direct action after weeks of protests and civil disobedience in London.

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It’s time for a global carbon emissions tax

Non-binding targets set at UN conferences can be ignored, but a €100-per-ton levy on all countries would be easier to enforce and benefit everyone, says Mats Persson.

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Climate challenge for Iraq as welcome rain revives rivers and lakes

The wettest winter in a generation has revived the country’s waterways, but raised questions about whether 20th century infrastructure can cope.

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Indonesia's capital is sinking, so the government is moving it

Indonesia's president has chosen to move the country's capital out of Jakarta, a decision that is estimated to cost $33 bn.

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Rebellion has to continue, say climate campaigners after ‘disappointing’ talks

Members of Extinction Rebellion said they had a ‘disappointing’ meeting with British Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

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Marine litter may have wider impact on environment that previously thought, study shows

Marine litter and microplastics dumped in the oceans may have a wider impact on the environment than previously thought, a new study shows.

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Rapid melting recorded at world’s largest ice shelf

Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf may be more vulnerable than previously thought due to warming surface water, say scientists.

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Michael Gove to meet Extinction Rebellion protesters after demonstrations in London

Extinction Rebellion campaigners were also holding talks with London Mayor Sadiq Khan as they demand the declaration of a climate emergency.

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Greenpeace board Norwegian oil rig in protest

Environmental activists have boarded an oil rig off the coast of Norway to protest against drilling in the Arctic.

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Online organisation is ineffective for protests

For protests to be effective in gathering support and achieving the desired outcome, strong leadership is an essential part of the process, writes Ngaire Woods

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A movement where librarians turn outlaws

This is the beginning of a new movement, one where librarians become outlaws, and children become warriors, writes Suzanne Harrington

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'Farmers will do what they are paid to do' in fight against climate change, says public health expert

Farmers will need financial incentives to play a part in tackling climate change, according to an expert in public health medicine.

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Climate change activists in London bring disruptive protests to an end

An event in Hyde Park was billed as a ‘closing ceremony’ by Extinction Rebellion.

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Police remove Extinction Rebellion activists from London Stock Exchange

Protesters also climbed on top of a Docklands Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station.

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The coalition against carbon changes goes beyond the pale

On the issue of climate change, the Extinction Rebellion exposes much of the Irish left, usually first up on the barricades, as a vanguard for counter-revolution.

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Schoolgirl climate activist Greta tells British MPs her future has been ‘stolen’

Swedish climate striker Greta Thunberg visited the Houses of Parliament to speak to opposition leaders.

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Theresa May ’empty-chaired’ as teenage climate activist comes to Westminster

Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met the leaders of UK parties for round-table talks as global warming protests continued outside.

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Why does the mayor of New York want to ban new glass skyscrapers?

Bill de Blasio believes glass is detrimental to his efforts to curb greenhouse emissions.

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Naughton defends ‘transformational’ climate action plan

Climate Action Committee chairwoman Hildegarde Naughton said everyone knows Ireland has been a climate change laggard.

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Climate change protest arrests in UK top 1,000 as last roadblock finally cleared

Waterloo Bridge was reopened overnight having been occupied by Extinction Rebellion activists since last Monday, Scotland Yard said.

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There’s isn’t this ‘both sides’ nonsense. If they discuss Newton they haven’t invited on some nut to argue gravity is just a thing snowflakes believe in

I COULD be anywhere when I’m listening to it. It could be half-way down the cold-aisle being seduced into buying the more expensive sausages because of the hand- writey writing on the package. It might be early in the morning when I’m encouraging a small child to pee on not-the-floor. But either way there’s a strong chance, I’ll be accompanied by the sound of Melvyn Bragg thanking me for downloading this episode of In Our Time.

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London climate change protesters to ‘pause’ rebellion if politicians negotiate

Over the past week protesters have stopped traffic in Oxford Circus, set up camp in Marble Arch and created a temporary garden on Waterloo Bridge.

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In pictures: Extinction Rebellion climate protests continue

Protesters have descended on Waterloo Bridge in London as they demand urgent action to tackle climate change.

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Climate change protesters remain out in force in London as almost 700 arrested

Extinction Rebellion demonstrators will observe a candlelit vigil on Saturday evening followed by an Easter Sunday feast the following day.

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We’re running out of time on climate melting pot

It's a bit like saving for your pension. You can see the merits of it, but not the urgency.

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Police make more arrests after clearing away London climate change protest

The protest is part of wider demonstrations around London organised by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion.

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Hundreds take part in climate change protest in Dublin

The protestors are calling on the government to take action to reduce the impact of climate change on the environment.

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Heathrow Airport braced for climate change protests

Sajid Javid has urged police to use the ‘full force of the law’.

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Michel Barnier: We can’t close our eyes. We need a Green Deal

With the world facing serious environmental threats, European leaders should make a green Europe their number-one priority for the coming years, writes Michel Barnier

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Jason Momoa hopes to raise awareness of recycling by shaving off his beard

The Game of Thrones star said ‘goodbye Khal Drogo’ as he removed the facial fuzz for the first time since 2012.

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Extinction Rebellion climate protesters to target Heathrow Airport

The airport is working with authorities to address the threat of mass disruption.

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Attenborough warns of ‘man-made disaster on global scale’ in climate change film

The veteran broadcaster delivers a stark warning in new BBC documentary Climate Change: The Facts.

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Climate protesters prepare to escalate UK disruption if demands not met

Organisers with the Extinction Rebellion group have challenged the British Government to meet and discuss their demands – or risk further protests.

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Three charged over Canary Wharf train roof Extinction Rebellion climate protests

British Transport Police confirmed the trio have been charged with obstructing trains or carriages on the railway by an unlawful act.

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Group behind London climate protests plan Dublin demonstration

The group behind the protests is planning a demonstration in Dublin tomorrow, and say they'll shut down O'Connell Bridge.

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Protesters glue themselves to Jeremy Corbyn’s garden fence and vow disruption will continue

The Labour leader’s home became the focus for activists on the third day of demonstrations across the capital.

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Supermac's phasing out plastic straws from its restaurants

Supermac's Managing Director Pat McDonagh says they will be making more change in a bid to eliminate single-use plastics.

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