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# Climate Change

October 2023
New research finds climate change is 'evident' in Ireland's weather records
Average temperatures and rainfall intensity have increased over decades, researchers at Maynooth University have found.
Status Orange rainfall warnings in place in Dublin and Wicklow
The risk of flooding in Midleton, Co Cork has lowered.
Met Éireann has issued Status Orange rainfall warnings for Co Dublin and Co Wicklow with immediate effect.
In Cork, the county council is asking the public to avoid the centre of Midleton due to a “significant” risk of further flooding.
Status Yellow warnings are in place in Louth, Meath and Northern Ireland.
Aerial photographs show scale of flooding in Midleton caused by Storm Babet
'Orange is quite dangerous': Met Éireann explains lack of Red warning for Storm Babet's rain
The amount of dust in the air worsened in 2022, UN says
The report looked at the incidence and hazards of dust storms and their impact on society.
'Orange is quite dangerous': Met Éireann explains lack of Red warning for Storm Babet's rain
Parts of southern counties were battered by heavy rains and flooding yesterday.
Storm Babet: Cork roads remain impassable after 'worst flooding in 40 years'
The storm brought heavy rainfall to counties like Cork and Waterford, leading to major flooding.
Greta Thunberg charged with public order offence after London climate protest
She was one of 26 activists protesting outside a meeting of oil executives.
Disasters in last 30 years have caused losses of $3.8 trillion in crops and livestock
Floods, droughts, insect infestations, storms, disease and war have caused about $123 billion per year in lost food production.
Climate 'countdown clock' report launched ahead of key UN talks
“In a rational world, it should be ringing alarm bells.”
More than 40% of Antarctica’s ice shelves have shrunk since 1997, study finds
Warm water on the western side of the continent is melting ice shelves faster than the natural rate, scientists found.
Debunked: An old image of Leo Varadkar has been altered to promote a climate change conspiracy
The original image featured a sign saying “Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All”.
Temperatures to reach 23 degrees in unusually warm October day
It will be largely dry today, apart from some patchy rain across Ulster this morning.
77 people die in floods in India after glacial lake bursts
Scientists warn that similar disasters will become an increasing danger across the Himalayas due to climate change.
President Higgins starts month of travel in Portugal, with climate change high on agenda
The president will then go on to Rome, where he will speak about food security at the World Food Forum.
At least 31 people dead and nearly 100 others missing after devastating flash floods in India
The flood began on Wednesday when the waters of a glacial lake breached a hydroelectric dam, cascading through towns in the Lachen Valley.
Emissions of Abu Dhabi oil company owned by COP28 President to increase more than 40% by 2030
“This Jekyll and Hyde presidency of crucial climate negotiations is now a critical concern,” an analyst said
At least 10 people dead and 102 others missing after devastating flash floods in India
Authorities said roads had been “severely” damaged and that 14 bridges had been washed away.
September was hottest on record by 'extraordinary' margin, EU climate monitor says
2023 is likely to become the hottest year on record in the next three months.
Algal blooms raise 'alarm bell' at Blessington Lake in wake of Lough Neagh disaster
The blooms can be harmful for human and animal health and for the environment.
Cost of climate action - and inaction - shows need for Gov to plan for future, report shows
The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council published a report today looking at what climate change means for Ireland’s public finances.
From heatwave to Storm Agnes: Both rainfall and temperatures above September average
The autumn month began with a heatwave and ended with the first named storm of the year.
September 2023
Hundreds protest in London against Rosebank oilfield approval
Rishi Sunak said that using every last drop of oil in Scotland’s North Sea was “absolutely the right thing to do”.
Wind power temporarily outpaced electricity demand yesterday for the first time in Ireland
Wind generation exceeded demand for electricity in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Irish lawyers represent six young people taking 32 countries to court over climate inaction
A hearing opens today at the European Court of Human Rights in a case with potential implications for countries’ climate responsibilities.
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.
Ireland's air quality last year was below WHO standards for human health
The Environmental Protection Agency has released its annual air quality report.
'I always knew Sunak was smart': Donald Trump praises British PM for rollback on climate targets
Sunak announced plans to water down environmental commitments this week.
Ex-UN climate chief has 'lost patience' with fossil fuel industry
“Instead of applying their amazing engineering capacity, they’ve been doing the opposite.”
Transport Minister says overhaul of Dublin city centre roads is not about restricting access
Dublin is a special place, let’s not lose it, says Transport Minister Eamon Ryan.
Rishi Sunak's U-turn on climate slammed as 'chucking the environment into a political fire'
The UK Prime Minister announced a reversal on several climate pledges but has attracted criticism on all sides.
Energy security review to find 'short-term' back-up gas storage needed for Ireland
A report by
Lauren Boland and Christina Finn
A report into the energy market’s pricing strategies will also be published today.
President Higgins accuses UN of ‘losing credibility’ amid warning over climate change
Higgins also criticised the EU for promoting a “US style” of agriculture addressing the National Ploughing Championships.
Citizens' assembly on biodiversity loss had 'no urban-rural divide' in forming recommendations
The Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action met this morning to hear from members of last year’s Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss.
Experts had warned for decades about dams that burst killing thousands
Concerns have been raised since 1986 when the dams suffered major damage.
Analysis: From the Curlew to the Natterjack Toad - how are Ireland's native species doing?
Conservationist Mary McGrath looks at Ireland’s indigenous species and the ways we can all help them survive.
California sues oil giants for alleged damages and misinformation
The lawsuits are modeled on successful cases against Big Tobacco and the pharmaceutical industry.
UN says thousands of Libya flood deaths could have been avoided
More than 5,000 people are believed to have died, with thousands more injured and left homeless.
Aid workers who managed to reach Derna described devastation in the city centre, with thousands still missing and tens of thousands left homeless.
At least 30,000 people in Derna were displaced by the flooding, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration said.
Traffic to be diverted from congested quays under proposed rehaul of Dublin city centre roads
Transport officials have devised a draft plan aimed at reducing traffic congestion in the capital.
EU Chief vows 'agriculture and protection of the natural world can go hand in hand'
Farmers in Ireland this week protested over changes to the nitrate derogation limit which they say will impact their livelihoods.
Small islands take case to protect oceans from climate change to UN court
The island states are requesting an international tribunal to determine if CO2 emissions absorbed by the oceans can be considered pollution.