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# Climate Change

September 2023
Opinion: If proper funding is provided, farmers can recover from the nitrates derogation blow
Dr Catherine Conlon says the nitrates derogation is an opportunity for farmers to reduce productivity and meet EU Nature Restoration targets if funding issues are addressed.
UN progress report warns that the World is falling dangerously short of meeting climate goals
‘Much more is needed now on all fronts,’ said the report, which will underpin a crucial climate summit in Dubai at the end of the year.
Hong Kong flooded by heaviest rainfall in 140 years
On Thursday, the city recorded its highest ever rainfall since records began in 1884.
'Wake up call': This year is likely to be the hottest in human history
The average global temperature in June, July and August was 16.77C, surpassing the previous 2019 record of 16.48C by a wide margin.
€5.7 billion in fossil fuel business being funnelled through Ireland to the Global South
The money is made up of shares in bonds and shares in climate-harming activities in the Global South.
Lung conditions will be made worse by climate change, say respiratory experts
Respiratory experts are calling on governments to reduce emissions and improve air quality using the same policies.
Government gets 'C+' in climate action as scientists say progress is good but not enough
It’s a slight increase from last year’s C, representing cause for ‘hope’ but not ‘celebration’.
Opinion: Ethiopia is suffering under the immoral debt burden imposed on it by rich countries
GOAL’s Billy Abimbilla addresses the crippling debt that his country is stuck with and the horrendous impact it’s having on the people there.
Greek Wildfires: Experts blame poor government planning for devastation
While the Greek government have focused on climate change to explain recent fires, experts in the country say there is more to the story
August 2023
Hot water from Poolbeg Incinerator to heat over 50,000 buildings from 2025
Excess hot water from the facility could be pumped into pipes instead of being cooled down and released into the Liffey.
Storm Idalia: One dead as tropical storm leaves destruction across Georgia and Florida
Storm Idalia made landfall in Florida on Wednesday
'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Idalia sweeps through Florida and heads north
Officials have warned of catastrophic impacts, including expected storm surges up to about five metres.
Opinion: So, it's now forbidden to tweet about reducing meat consumption - in a climate crisis?
Dr Catherine Conlon examines the controversy this week surrounding a deleted EPA tweet advocating reducing meat consumption.
Tens of thousands ordered to evacuate as Canadian firefighters continue to battle wildfires
Hundreds of fires continued to rage across British Columbia and 35,000 people were under evacuation orders as of yesterday.
Firefighters battle 'out of control' Tenerife wildfire that has burned through 5,500 acres
Five villages have been evacuated as firefighters have rushed to try and get the fire under control.
Biden pledges to visit Hawaii soon as 99 confirmed dead in Maui wildfires
Last week’s inferno on the island of Maui is already the deadliest US wildfire in a century.
Met Éireann told forecasters that Ireland needs to prepare for more extreme weather
An advisory said it was ‘beyond doubt’ that human influence has warmed the atmosphere.
'It's like someone dropped a bomb': Irishman in Maui describes harrowing scenes after wildfires
Peter O’Riordan lives on the Hawaiian island which has been devastated by wildfires.
'Ninety-nine percent' chance that 2023 will be hottest year of modern records
July broke the record for the hottest month since pre-industrial times.
Judge rules in favour of youths accusing Montana state of violating right to clean environment
The youths said they had been harmed by the “dangerous impacts of fossil fuels and the climate crisis”.
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.
Amazon Summit ends with roadmap to protect rainforest but no concrete plan to end deforestation
Leaders from eight Amazon nations signed a declaration that set out plans to drive economic development while preventing the rainforest’s demise.
33 people dead and 18 others still missing after Beijing's heaviest rains on record
The recent downpours have damaged infrastructure and deluged swathes of the city’s suburbs and surrounding areas.
Over 1,000 evacuated as wildfires burn in Portugal
The temperature rose to a record 46.4 degrees Celsius in Santarem, central Portugal, yesterday.
Antarctica ‘suffering’ because of burning fossil fuels, scientists say
Heatwaves, ice shelf collapse and loss of sea ice have left experts shocked and concerned about the future.
Greta Thunberg pulls out of Edinburgh book festival, accusing a sponsor of 'greenwashing'
The event was due to take place at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 13 August.
Beijing records heaviest rainfall in 140 years
The amount of rain recorded in just 40 hours neared the average rainfall for the entire month of July.
Debunked: Climate change is not still being debated by scientists
A video shared on a farming organisation’s Facebook page contains misleading information.
July 2023
Irish climate activist: How my Just Stop Oil arrest gives me hope for the future
Dr Genevieve Shanahan is an Irish lecturer in Cardiff. She explains why she joined Just Stop Oil.
Major climate summit attendees asked to disclose affiliations after anger over fossil fuel lobbying
More than 600 fossil fuel lobbyists attended COP27 in Egypt last November, sparking concerns about the industry’s sway over climate policy.
Fire service says Greece wildfires mostly under control, but strong winds still a threat
More than 460 firefighters are still deployed in Rhodes, Corfu and central Greece as a precaution.
No climate agreement on peaking emissions at G20 environment meeting
No breakthrough was possible on several key points at the meeting of major economies today.
Pádraic Fogarty: 'Farmers' power has seeped like a smothering fog through Irish politics'
The environmental campaigner who quit the Irish Wildlife Trust this week says the farm organisations are blocking progress on green goals.
G20 environment ministers prepare for fresh bid for climate deals
Campaigners were dismayed earlier this year when the group failed to agree on a roadmap to cut fossil fuel use.
July on track to be the hottest month in recorded history
Searing heat intensified by global warming has baked parts of Europe, Asia and North America this month.
Debunked: Death Valley Park Rangers were joking wearing jackets and gloves during record temperatures
A conspiracy theorist tried to use the image to claim that record high temperatures are propaganda.
Taoiseach calls on airlines to be generous with wildfire-related compensation
Around 2,000 Irish holiday makers could be on the Greek islands of Corfu and Rhodes.
Important ocean current system could collapse by mid-century
The AMOC regulates how heat moves from the lower latitudes into the northern hemisphere.
Four departments were responsible for one climate action each last quarter - and failed to finish
Overall, 63% of actions due to be completed during the quarter were finished on time.
The era of climate change denial is mostly gone, Micheál Martin says
Severe heatwaves have gripped southern Europe, parts of the United States, Mexico and China this month.