Follow the children’s lead on climate

“I don’t know how to want less,” is one of the more arresting lines from the excellent play, The Children, written by Lucy Kirkwood and currently playing at The Gate theatre in Dublin.

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David Attenborough to present ‘unflinching’ climate change documentary

The programme will include footage showing the devastation already caused by global warming.

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Battling climate change also means fighting organised crime

Governments must act together to fight gangs undermining climate policies, write Robert Muggah, Adriana Abdenur, and Ilona Szabó.

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Readers' Blog: Parents must join children in climate action push

As I walked with my two youngest children along the Grand Parade in the midst of the boisterous Cork march for climate action, I felt a huge surge of pride and hope.

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Irish pupils join 100 other countries calling for climate change action

More than 15,000 Irish schoolchildren marched out of classrooms yesterday to join a global mass movement of climate change demonstrations.

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The quiet girl whose lone protest became world outcry

Greta Thunberg was just a child who wouldn’t be comforted.

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'This is just the beginning' - Thousands of Cork students demand action on climate change

Today's climate march saw students from all over the country walk out of schools to call on the Government to take action on climate change.

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Students around the country march in climate action protest

Students are marching on the Dáil this lunchtime demanding the Government takes action against climate change.

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Students worldwide skip class to demand action on climate

Co-ordinated ‘school strikes’ are being held from the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle.

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Students in Dublin and Cork will take to streets over climate change

Students across the country are set to take part in school strikes today demanding that immediate action is taken on climate change.

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The Ides of the climate crisis as children march

Societies that are politically and socially are will prepared to face the environmental shocks that climate change will inevitably bring, writes Éloi Laurent.

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Why are children left to school us in the facts of climate change?

There is something eerily powerful about 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg’s TED Talk about her “School Strike for Climate”.

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Teenage climate activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Greta Thunberg has encouraged students to skip school to join protests demanding faster action on climate change.

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Earth becoming increasingly unhealthy place for people, UN report warns

The report said there is still time to fix the problems.

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Row over tax credits as Oireachtas Committee plan to quadruple carbon taxes

A committee report next week will propose a blueprint for new emissions targets and a multi-annual carbon budget.

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School students to strike in demand for climate action

Students from secondary schools all around the country are to strike next week over the Government’s lack of action on climate change.

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Ireland will not meet 2020 renewable energy targets

Ireland will not meet its 2020 renewable energy targets, with 90% of energy still sourced from fossil fuels.

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Varadkar 'inspired' by Irish children taking an interest in climate action

Leo Varadkar is "inspired and enthused" by the fact that Irish children are taking an interest in climate action.

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Are anti-pollution beauty products worth your money?

Prudence Wade asks the experts about this growing trend in skincare.

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Energy and climate plan needs revisions, says An Taisce

Ireland's Draft National Energy and Climate Plan requires urgent revision according to An Taisce, which hopes the will of the Irish public will be reflected in the final document.

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Good news as climate policies deliver emissions cuts in some countries

Efforts to cut climate emissions in countries including Ireland by switching to renewables and saving energy are starting to pay off, research has found.

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Met Éireann staff told to stay upbeat on climate change

Ken Foxe Met Éireann urged to encourage action and avoid despair Staff from Met Éireann have been advised not to talk “despair” over climate change and use positive language to show people they can make a difference.

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Ireland 11th out of EU15 in terms of progress towards just society, equitable economy and clean environment

A 'Sustainable Progress Index' compiled places Ireland 10th, 11th and 13th respectively in the three categories, and 11th overall.

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Making the economic case for climate action

As well as continuing to make the moral case for climate action, politicians should give voters a pragmatic reason to act in their own local self-interest, writes Paul Sammon

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Swedish teenager leads Belgian students on seventh climate march

Greta Thunberg has become her generation’s voice on climate change after inspiring students around the world to go on strike to express their anger.

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Measures announced to protect Irish biodiversity

A number of new initiatives have been announced today to protect Ireland’s biodiversity.

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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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