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# Global Warming

This week
26th November 2023 - 1st December 2023
Opinion: The speeding climate train will have catastrophic implications for billions
Karol Balfe says not doing anything on climate change is no longer an option as COP28 kicks off.
Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
COP28 turns attention to potent methane emissions, as UN warns about rising temperatures
The crucial summit will start in Dubai next week.
This year
Global warming limit of 1.5C still possible thanks to clean energy surge, but path 'has narrowed'
The global energy watchdog said wealthy countries must now reach carbon neutrality in around 2045
Antarctic sea ice hits new low setting an 'extreme' record
The sea ice was 1.03 million square kilometers smaller than the previous record, which is the size of Texas and California combined.
Opinion: The time of sitting tight on climate is over - we have to look up
Dr Emma Howard looks at the worrying climate events this year and outlines small changes we can make to how we live in response.
Drought persists as Spain records hottest April on record
Three years of scant rainfall and high temperatures put the country into long-term drought.
Climate change: The last eight years were the hottest in modern records
The World Meteorological Organisation has released its State of the Global Climate report for 2022 – and the forecast is stark.
'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.
Last year
FactCheck: The recent cold spell is not evidence against climate change
Ireland has seen significant rising temperatures overall
John Gibbons: By the time Ireland takes the climate emergency seriously, it'll be far too late
The environmental campaigner says none of the main political parties have the slightest appetite to push through measures that are unpopular with the public or resisted by lobbyists.
Wildfires getting worse worldwide and governments are unprepared – UN report
The report said nations spend too much time and money fighting fires rather than preventing them.
Even 1.5 degrees of global warming will be ‘catastrophic’ for coral reefs – study
The climate risk is even worse for coral reefs than set out in a UN assessment in 2018, a study has found.
Ireland felt above-average temperatures in 2021 for the 11th year in a row
The forecaster has warned that hot weather last year was in line with global temperature rise driven by human-caused climate change.
All time
World's widest glacier retreating rapidly and facing threat of collapse, research warns
A collapse would cause global sea levels to rise and put millions of people at risk of extreme flooding.
New draft of COP26 deal weakens language on fossil fuel phaseout
“The world is watching us,” COP26 President Alok Sharma told delegates.
Obama says world 'falling short' on climate change as Ryan says Ireland 'willing to step up'
Here’s what happened at the UN climate summit in Glasgow today.
The Good Information Project is turning its attention to the climate crisis
The next cycle of The Good Information Project will take a more in-depth look at the climate crisis.
'28 degrees is a major challenge already': Warming would acutely impact Ireland, expert says
A Maynooth professor and climate report author says any change in extreme weather would be difficult for Ireland.
Climate report: Scale of changes ‘unprecedented’ - but not too late to slow warming
A UN report on climate change has found “deep reductions” in emissions are crucial to limit global warming.
'All countries must play their part': Minister says climate report is 'stark reminder' of crisis
Heatwave hits Nordic countries, with 34C recorded in the Arctic
Finland’s national meteorological institute registered its hottest temperature for June since records began in 1844.
Opinion: One challenge for the DUP in power will be to finally accept a climate bill
Thomas Muinzer says Northern Ireland waited a long time for a climate bill and now gets two.
Global warming responsible for one in three heat-related deaths, says study
The findings are based on simulations of climate, with and without human-induced emissions.
Opinion: Ireland's green energy plans have a big tech data centre problem
Dr Patrick Bresnihan and Patrick Brodie question whether large tech companies should really be the priority in the government’s energy plans.
Opinion: We failed to prepare for pandemics, we cannot do the same with climate change
Author Laurie Laybourn-Langton says global governments must learn the lessons Covid-19 and take immediate action to tackle climate change.
UN warns that the world is facing 'catastrophic' warming
The UN weather agency said the warmest three years on record were 2016, 2019 and 2020.
The Arctic endured one of its hottest years in 2020, study finds
The year 2020 did not beat the record set in 2012, but came quite close.
Last month was hottest September on record globally, EU says
This year has now seen three months of record warmth – January, May and September.
Richest 1% of world's population 'responsible for more than double the carbon pollution of poorest half'
In Ireland, the richest 10% of the population emits nearly the same emissions as the bottom 50%.
The 2010s were Earth's hottest decade on record
Ireland saw its warmest winter on record since 1900.
Global warming could see most polar bears disappear from Arctic by 2100
Researchers said ‘aggressive’ cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed.
'This pandemic is nothing compared to what climate change has in store'
John Gibbons lays out the stark climate facts and urges us to take coronavirus as a warning that it’s now time to act, or perish.
Opinion: The climate 'canary in the coal mine' is gasping for breath. We've reached the Anthropocene
Even the most entrenched climate denialists would find it hard to argue that things aren’t changing, writes Mark Kernan.
'It is much worse than you think': The climate crisis and what it means for Ireland
Ireland – like every country – faces significant challenges to respond to climate change.
July confirmed as the hottest month on record
Nine of the 10 hottest July months have occurred since 2005 – with the last five years ranking as the five hottest, according to a US agency.
Donald Trump denounces Paris climate accord as 'ineffective' and 'expensive'
Trump has gone as far as branding climate change a conspiracy in the past.
In just 3 years, Antarctic sea ice shrank by an area four times greater than France
From 2014 to 2017, “the Antarctic lost almost as much as the Arctic” over almost 40 years, and now stands at a record low.
Scientists have recorded the highest level of CO2 emissions on earth since records began
The last time earth’s atmosphere contained this much CO2 was more than three million years ago
Met Éireann staff advised not to talk 'despair' over climate change and to use positive language
An internal communique says using words like “inevitable” could create a feeling that nothing can be done.
The last four years were the hottest on record, UN confirms
The 20 warmest years in history all occurred within the last 22 years.
'The Garden of Eden is no more': David Attenborough issues stark climate warning at Davos
“We need to move beyond guilt or blame, and get on with the practical tasks at hand,” Attenborough told his audience.