Iceland Christmas ad: banned, but it will help 2018 go down as the year of ‘corporate caring’

A Christmas advertisement for the UK supermarket chain Iceland, which tells the story of a young girl who tries to help a baby orangutan whose home has been destroyed to create palm oil, will not be broadcast on television.

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Why taking action on climate change will be of benefit to all

Global warming has helped fuel migrant flows into Europe, and has driven desperate people into the arms of terrorist groups, says Caroline O’Doherty.

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Farms causing climate change doesn’t add up

Climate change has been in the news headlines much of late, and farming is taking a beating from many angles, with the finger being pointed at farmers for not doing enough to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change.

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The need to make hard decisions has never been so clear

Every country, including Ireland, will have to be prepared to take hard decisions if we are to deal with climate change, writes Kevin Fitzgibbon

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Super storms 25% more likely, research claims

The likelihood of super storms such as Storm Desmond happening again has increased by 25% because of climate change, research has indicated.

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Fossil fuel ban could cost economy €1.8bn

A proposed ban on the future exploration and extraction of fossil fuels in Ireland could cost the economy up to €1.8bn each year, according to a new report.

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Inaction on climate change criticised by Mary Robinson

Former President of Ireland and climate justice campaigner Mary Robinson has criticised Bord na Mona for not being ambitious enough in its deadline for shutting down peat production.

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Banning offshore exploration: Deferring the inevitable in climate war

Earlier this year New Zealand decided not to allow any new offshore oil exploration.

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Earth’s ozone layer finally healing, says UN

At its worst in the late 1990s, about 10% of the upper ozone layer was depleted.

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Greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland rise 3.6% in a year

Ireland’s total greenhouse gas emissions increased by 3.6% to 61.5m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent from 2015 to 2016.

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Science helps Ireland meet greenhouse gas goals

Informed science-based decisions on cattle breeding and fertiliser choices can help Irish agriculture meet its environmental targets, said Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

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Merkel wants car makers to pay up as diesel bans loom

Angela Merkel is urging car makers to stop penny-pinching when it comes to fixing vehicles they sold to consumers with misleading emissions claims.

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Dáil gets pollution petition - Plastics: Act now on the crisis

One of the highlights of a great American film The Graduate occurs during a conversation between a young man who is wondering about his future after graduation and his father’s business partner who offers career advice to the worried youngster. It can be shortened as follows: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?” Older readers might remember the 1967 film fondly.

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Government accused of delaying move to ban single-use plastics

The Government has been accused of delaying moves to ban single-use plastic products.

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OECD predicts unsustainable rise in use of raw materials

The increased processing of wood, oil, gas, metals and other materials ‘will worsen pollution and contribute significantly to climate change’.

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Greater efficiency in nitrogen use is essential

I would dearly love, on this fine autumn morning, to write about the glory of the trees in their mantles of gold leaves, of the sun piercing through the branches and making silver dollars of the ivy on their trunks, of the carpets of crisp brown leaves beneath our beech trees, of the vivid green grass in the field beyond.

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Mary Robinson stands by veganism call despite local council backlash

The former president refused to heed Co Mayo’s call for her to withdraw her comments on climate change.

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Met Éireann say ‘no simple answer’ on whether recent weather events are linked to climate change

Staff in Met Éireann have been told to be non-committal when asked if specific extreme weather events in Ireland are linked to global warming.

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The changes we need to feed 10bn sustainably in 2050

Study coincides with UN climate report calling for rapid and far-reaching transitions

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Groups to protest outside Dáil to call for Govt action on climate change

Protestors will gather outside the Dáil later to call for immediate Government action on the issue of climate change.

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Climate change: 1.5C is worth striving for – but is it feasible?

When the Paris Agreement in December 2015 called for the IPCC to put together a “Special Report” on Global Warming of 1.5°C, scientists knew very little about the exact differences that half a degree makes (1.5°C versus 2°C).

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West Cork autumn school to discuss the big issues

Global and national challenges are set to be explored at the local level at an inaugural autumn school in West Cork.

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Culture on environment must change

Last Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), representing nearly 200 governments, warned of the dire consequences of our refusal to do more to limit climate change, a man-made catastrophe.

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Reader's Blog: Climate change driven by market forces

Our biggest challenge in tackling climate change is that we have weak democracies ‘Government ‘not doing enough’ on climate change’, (Irish Examiner, October 9).

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May we get sense and keep this world degree by degree

We humans have reached payback time, and if we put the final boot into Mother Nature we will see off ourselves and all other life on this unique rock, and return it to the insignificance of a dead moon, writes Damien Enright

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Readers' blog: Media has a duty to inform public on climate

A generous platform was granted to climate change denial on The Tonight Show, Wednesday, October 10.

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Effects of climate change at boiling point for India’s poor

Some 270m people there live below the poverty line, many of them without running water or proper shelter, and thus unable to protect themselves from the heat, says Gulrez Shah Azhar.

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Gillian Anderson backs calls for ‘huge’ Antarctic wildlife sanctuary

A petition signed by 350,000 people in the UK calls for the creation of an Antarctic Ocean sanctuary to protect penguins, whales and seals.

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Dutch appeals court upholds landmark climate case ruling

Emissions must be cut by at least 25% by 2020 under the terms of the ruling.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Heat is on for radical action on a global scale

A new report says countries must take “unprecedented” action to slash carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Here we look at what countries need to do to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5C.

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