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# Climate Change

This week
5th February 2023 - 8th February 2023
THE MORNING LEAD
Delayed climate strategy to come before Cabinet amid EU infringement proceedings
A report by
Lauren Boland
The EU has taken the first step of a legal process against Ireland over failure to submit a long-term climate strategy due three years ago.
Ireland three years past deadline to send long-term climate strategy to European Union
Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# heatwaves
Planting more trees in cities could reduce deaths from intense summer heat, study finds
“This is becoming increasingly urgent as Europe experiences more extreme temperature fluctuations caused by climate change,” one researcher said.
THE MORNING LEAD
Ireland three years past deadline to send long-term climate strategy to European Union
A report by
Lauren Boland
The government has repeatedly fallen short of promises to get the important strategy finished.
Cumbersome grant system holding some back from solar PV uptake, says expert
Young people are least confident in Irish government's efforts on environment
# Climate
'High probability' of global warming reaching 2 degrees by mid-century, study suggests
Professor Peter Thorne of Maynooth University said the research should be taken seriously, but added that it is just a single study.
# Solar Panels
Cumbersome grant system holding some back from solar PV uptake, says expert
The chair of the Micro-Renewable Energy Federation likened the experience of securing a grant to a “bureaucratic nightmare”.
Last month
January 2023
# inside the newsroom
WATCH: Inside The Newsroom webinar takes you behind the scenes of our reporting
A look behind the news, exploring how we bring you the stories that matter to you.
# Not a breeze
Young people are least confident in Irish government's efforts on environment
New international polling on people’s views about climate change has examined perceptions in Ireland.
International polling on people's views about climate change examines perceptions in Ireland about the threat of the crisis.
Just over one in three people in Ireland think that governments are taking necessary measures to protect the environment.
85% of Irish people polled believe that rising global temperatures are a threat to humanity.
Net-zero climate policies will save lives by improving health, study finds
Eamon Ryan 'absolutely supports' Greta Thunberg and protesters against German mine expansion
# climate action
Net-zero climate policies will save lives by improving health, study finds
Research found retrofitting homes with insulation can be a major contributor to better health.
# Nature
Assembly on biodiversity calls on Government to reassess aims of Coillte at final meeting
The assembly’s conclusions so far include that the State has “comprehensively failed” on biodiversity.
# Fossil Fuels
Eamon Ryan 'absolutely supports' Greta Thunberg and protesters against German mine expansion
Greta Thunberg was briefly detained by German police in a protest against the destruction of a village and the mine’s expansion.
# buzzing
Electric vehicle charging points to be rolled out at sport, retail and tourism hotspots
The government also plans to make a fast charger available every 60km on motorways under a new strategy.
THE MORNING LEAD
Coillte forestry deal with British fund condemned by TDs from across political spectrum
A report by
Lauren Boland
The debate came as part of discussions on the Climate Action Plan 2023, which received a mixed response in the chamber.
Sale of new electric vehicles jumped 81% in 2022
Demands on government to step up on climate crisis as new action plan takes hold
# climate protest
Explainer: The story of Greta Thunberg and the small German village on brink of demolition
Here’s a breakdown of the circumstances of the protest in Germany and the activist’s short detention.
# Biodiversity
Two thirds of reef sharks and rays risk extinction due to climate change and overfishing
Sharks are under most threat in the Western Atlantic and parts of the Indian Ocean.
# Germany
Some 70 police injured as climate activists protest over German village's destruction
The site, which has been earmarked for a coal mine expansion, attracted thousands of protesters yesterday including Greta Thunberg.
# Climate Change
ExxonMobil predicted global warming but dismissed its own research, study finds
The oil giant has faced accusations for years that it knew about the threat of global warming decades ago.
# Climate
Past eight years were hottest since records began, UN scientists confirm
The World Meteorological Organisation found the average global temperature in 2022 was about 1.15C above 1850-1900 levels.
# Transport
Sale of new electric vehicles jumped 81% in 2022
15,262 new electric cars were licenced in 2022 compared to 8,554 in 2021.
# Ozone Layer
Report confirming ozone layer is on track to fully recover hailed as 'fantastic news'
Scientists have said that success in ozone action must lead the way for climate action.
# plastic waste
England to ban single-use plastic cutlery and plates two years after EU
Ireland, along with other EU members, introduced a similar move in 2021.
# Climate Change
Pakistan flood recovery needs 'massive' investment, says UN leader
Pakistan’s Prime Minister told the conference his country was ‘racing against time’ to deal with the consequences of last year’s flooding.
Voices
Opinion: Worried about climate change? Here's how you can make a real difference this year
Hans Zomer of Global Action Plan has some tips for engaging with others and changing your habits to help the planet.
# Climate Change
Scientists warn 80% of Earth’s glaciers ‘will be gone by 2100 if global temperatures rise by 4C’
Even in the best-case scenario, where the temperature increase is limited to 1.5C, around half of the glaciers will disappear, experts predict.
# heat wave
2022 confirmed as Ireland's hottest year on record
High temperature records for July and August were also broken last year during heatwave conditions.
# Climate Change
'Very unusual event': Temperature records shattered in Europe
Ireland has been so far excluded from this, remaining on the cusp of the unseasonably warm weather as a low-pressure system dominates.
THE MORNING LEAD
Unpublished pensions report shows roll back on Climate Action Plan measure
A report by
Lauren Boland
Ambition for tighter scrutiny regarding the investment of pension funds in fossil fuels was quietly rolled back only months after the target was set.
Noteworthy reveals contents of unpublished government report on a proposal for tighter scrutiny on pension fund investment in fossil fuels
Before a working group had met to examine this proposed measure, it was deemed 'not prudent'
Several matters recommended by the report have not come to fruition but the measure is marked as complete
# climate action
Extinction Rebellion ‘to temporarily shift away from public disruption’ tactics
Activists have gained notoriety for blockading train lines, airports and roads, causing chaos for commuters.
Last year
2022
THE MORNING LEAD
Demands on government to step up on climate crisis as new action plan takes hold
A report by
Lauren Boland
The Climate Action Plan 2023 contains a suite of measures aimed at cutting emissions – but its performance over the last year was mixed.
'Substantial concern' over gap in emissions reductions as new Climate Action Plan released
Debunked: Five common climate myths and why they're wrong
# Climate
Met Éireann says 2022 set to be Ireland's hottest year since records began
Provisional figures released by the forecaster today show that this year was the warmest since 1900.
# factcheck
FactCheck newsletter: Covid, climate change and Ukraine dominated disinformation narratives in 2022
The ‘unholy trinity’ were prevalent throughout Europe this year.
# Climate Change
2022 expected to be warmest year on record for the UK
Temperatures in the UK have been above average in every month except December.
Voices
Peter Power: Climate change risking famine in Somalia and beyond as global leaders dither
The head of UNICEF Ireland says children may face famine in Somalia while powerful governments stall on climate action.
# factcheck
FactCheck: The recent cold spell is not evidence against climate change
Ireland has seen significant rising temperatures overall
# CLIMATE CRISIS
'Substantial concern' over gap in emissions reductions as new Climate Action Plan released
The plan outlines measures for electricity, transport, agriculture and other sectors to try to meet legally-binding targets.
Voices
Malcolm Noonan: It's not enough to watch threatened species struggle to survive
The Green Party TD looks at the agreement at Cop 15 Biodiversity conference in Canada and says time is running out for nature.
# Climate Change
2023 forecast to be 10th year in a row that hits one degree above pre-industrial era
Annual forecast from the Met Office says next year could be around 1.2C above pre-industrial temperatures.
# Emissions
EU reaches deal on major carbon market reform
The deal aims to accelerate emissions cuts, phase out free allowances to industries and targets fuel emissions from the building and road transport sectors.
# PLANNING LAW REFORMS
Taoiseach says overhauling planning laws 'essential' to delivering climate and housing targets
TDs also raised concerns about the Planning and Development and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill today.
Voices
Opinion: In a cold snap our footpaths and cycle lanes should also be gritted by councils
Dr Emma Howard says councils should prioritise the gritting of walkways and cycle lanes as we face a climate crisis.
Voices
Opinion: Our fields may be green, but we are failing to protect biodiversity
Professor Jane Stout looks at the COP15 UN biodiversity conference underway in Canada and reminds us why it is so important.