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# Climate

'Profound responsibility on our shoulders': Taoiseach pledges €25 million to climate damage fund
Leo Varadkar has told the World Climate Action Summit at COP28 that countries must “rise to the challenge” of the climate crisis.
No plans for Ireland to commit to further cuts in methane emissions at COP28 - Taoiseach
Eamon Ryan: 'If we crack energy, we can crack climate'
1st December 2023
No plans for Ireland to commit to further cuts in methane emissions at COP28 - Taoiseach
Varadkar said current targets need to be met before the government could be “serious and honest” about upping ambition.
This week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Millions pledged to new climate damage fund amid warning 2023 to break 'cacophony' of weather records
A long-awaited loss and damage fund has been officially signed off at COP28 in Dubai.
Loss and damage: The complicated quest to help countries hit hardest by the climate crisis
A report by
Lauren Boland
A two-week UN conference starting today faces important decisions about setting up a new fund to support developing countries affected by climate change.
Met Éireann says Ireland on track to have ‘warmest year on record’ -- and maybe the wettest
Data about Ireland’s climate so far in 2023 spells another record-breaking year.
Irish government to push for fossil fuel companies to 'pay their way' at UN climate conference
The Irish delegation at COP28 will call for phasing out fossil fuels, building renewable energy sources, and helping vulnerable countries.
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Temperature Check, The Journal’s climate newsletter, will be sending special day-to-day editions from the ground in Dubai.
'I think it's not going to be an easy COP' - world prepares for UN summit
A report by
Lauren Boland and Jane Moore
Here’s everything you need to know about the COP28 conference starting in Dubai this week.
Last week
19th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Gas and oil industry faces ‘moment of truth’ ahead of COP28, report states
The report says the industry’s emissions need to drop by 60% by 2030 to keep global warning to an increase of 1.5 degrees “within reach”.
Last month
November 2023
EU reaches deal to reduce methane gas emissions from energy sector
Methane emissions are one of the biggest drivers of climate change.
Last month was hottest October on record globally, Europe's climate monitor says
October was reportedly 1.7C warmer than an estimate of the October average for the preindustrial era.
UK to grant new oil and gas licences in North Sea annually despite climate change
Rishi Sunak’s Conservative government plans to introduce legislation called the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill.
40 people killed in Kenya and Somalia as heavy rain and floods displace thousands
In Somalia, the government declared an emergency after the extreme weather killed at least 25 people and destroyed homes, roads and bridges.
Developed countries to be 'urged' to contribute to fund to fight impacts of climate change
An agreement on a new ‘loss and damage fund’ was reached this weekend, but developing countries had to make concessions for a deal to be reached.
Ten people killed in western Europe by Storm Ciarán
The storm brought winds to some countries of up to 200 kilometres per hour.
Countries divided over China's role as climate victim or polluter at talks ahead of COP28
Eamon Ryan was among 70 ministers who attended pre-COP28 talks in Abu Dhabi this week.
How nature, instead of concrete, could protect Ireland's towns from damaging floods
As flood threats grow, what can we do to stop other towns being hit like Midleton? Read an extract from The Journal’s climate newsletter.
October 2023
'Everything is damaged': Pregnant woman tells of being rescued from her flooded home
A Status Orange rain warning was in place for Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford on Monday.
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Storm Babet floods show climate change is 'here and now' - Eamon Ryan
Tanáiste Micheál Martin acknowledged the government has been “slow” until now to implement protective measures.
Cabinet to hear proposal for Storm Babet flood relief scheme that could give businesses up to €100,000
The memo is expected to come before Cabinet today in the wake of major flooding.
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.
Pádraic Fogarty: This week's budget signals the birth of a new nature economy
The environmental campaigner gives a broad welcome to the new climate fund announced in the Budget.
Greta Thunberg fined for disobeying police during climate protest
The 20-year-old climate campaigner was also fined in June for a similar offence
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.
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.
3,000 people forced to evacuate Tenerife due to raging wildfire
The outbreak of the fire comes as Tenerife and the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria are under a heat alert.
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.
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.