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# Climate Change

July 2023
Greta Thunberg removed by police again for trying to block access to a Swedish oil facility
The Swedish campaigner had earlier been fined 2,500 kronor (€217) for a previous protest.
Ireland will blow through carbon budgets without 'urgent' action - climate council
The Climate Change Advisory Council is “extremely concerned” that the government will clarify its climate plans “too late”.
Cairns accuses Irish Farmers' Association of 'denying reality' in defence of wildlife activist
Politicians have reacted to the sudden departure of an environment activist over a blog claiming that farm organisations were “lurching to the far-right”.
The Explainer: What is the Nature Restoration Law and how will it work in Ireland?
This week on The Explainer, we’re joined by Lauren Boland, climate reporter with The Journal, to examine what precisely this legislation is all about and why it sparked so much anger. Do environmentalists think the now-watered-down law will have any impact? And how does Ireland fit into the picture?
Opinion: 'Climate and biodiversity are not election issues' - it's time that changed
It’s important not to forget to advocate for nature, says Dr Donal Griffin of the Fair Seas campaign.
Irish citizens warned to 'stay away' from areas struck by Rhodes wildfires as 30k people evacuated
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it has been contacted by ‘a number of Irish citizens’ impacted by the fires.
The Department is advising Irish citizens to be alert and stay away from the affected areas.
High winds forecast for today are expected to hamper firefighters' battle to contain the blaze.
Police in the country have said it is the "biggest fire evacuation ever in Greece".
Larry Donnelly: Why is it that political will is lagging behind climate chaos?
Our columnist examines recent record temperatures across the globe and attitudes toward climate change in the US.
Climate activists set off smoke flare at Open Championship golf tournament
Just Stop Oil said three people in total were involved in the protest.
Nasa climatologist says July likely to be hottest month on record
Gavin Schmidt said the trend of extreme heat is unmistakable.
'Like opening an oven': Irish people in European heatwave recount 'unrelenting' heat
A report by
Lauren Boland
European countries have been hit over the last week by the Cerberus heatwave, with temperatures in the high 30s and 40s.
‘Fundamentally unhealthy’: No, you wouldn't choose 40 degrees over a rainy day in Ireland
‘Forty degrees makes it uncomfortable just to sit or lie down, let alone to do anything meaningful,’ said climatologist Peter Thorne.
High temperature records set to be broken as much of Europe prepares for heatwave peak
Health authorities have sounded alarms from North America to Europe and Asia, urging people to stay hydrated and shelter from the burning sun.
Martin could seek stricter rules on ads for products that could be harmful for climate
The Media Minister said “we need strong regulatory rules on sponsorship and product placement”.
Rescue workers recover last body from flooded South Korean tunnel where 14 people died
41 people were killed and another nine are still missing nationwide after the heavy downpours.
Ireland has become warmer across all seasons in the last 30 years
Levels of sunshine and rainfall have both increased over time.
Temperatures hit new highs as Northern Hemisphere suffers effects of historic heat wave
Health authorities have sounded alarms from North America to Europe and Asia, urging people to stay hydrated and shelter from the burning sun.
Why is Ireland relatively cool as the rest of Europe boils?
While the continent of Europe could record its hottest-ever temperature this week, Ireland has remained relatively cool.
Poll: How anxious are you about rising global temperatures?
Have your say.
South Korea president vows to 'overhaul' extreme weather approach after 40 die in flooding
‘This kind of extreme weather event will become commonplace – we must accept climate change is happening,’ President Yoon Suk Yeol said today.
Growth at all costs? Row over Irish dairy farms targeting African nations
As Ireland looks to grow its market share in Africa, experts point to local farmers being put out of business by cheaper imports.
Tens of millions battling dangerously high temperatures as record heatwaves sweep the world
Record heat forecasts have impacted parts of the US, Europe and Asia.
Ireland at risk of breaking carbon budget limit as emissions fell only 2% last year
A report by
Lauren Boland
Staying within the first carbon budget will require an “extremely challenging annual reduction” of 12.4% in 2023, 2024 and 2025.
Heatwave named after mythological monster brings scorching temperatures to southern Europe
Globally, the beginning of July was already the hottest week of modern records.
Nature Restoration Law gets green light from EU Parliament, including all Irish MEPs
Despite previous divisions over the highly debated law, all of Ireland’s 13 MEPs ultimately backed it in this morning’s vote.
The Explainer: What does Ireland’s ‘unprecedented’ marine heatwave tell us about our climate?
Presenter Laura Byrne is joined on this week’s episode by Lauren Boland, reporter with The Journal, and Maynooth University’s Dr Gerard McCarthy They examine the impact of the heatwave, what it means for marine life, and look at wider oceanic climate trends impacting Ireland, such as an increasingly unstable Gulf Stream.
Opinion: We are half way to COP28 but rich countries continue to stall climate progress
Ross Fitzpatrick says global climate agreements are all well and good but wealthy countries are not following through.
Protesters interrupt Eamon Ryan at climate conference in Ballina
The minister was delivering a speech about the need to significantly improve communication about climate change.
Death toll rises to 55 after two weeks of monsoon rain in Pakistan
Eight children were among the 12 people confirmed dead yesterday.
Climate change and El Nino phenomenon drive hottest June globally on record
The EU’s Copernicus climate unit also noted ‘extreme marine heatwaves’ around Ireland.
Global temperature record broken for second day in a row
Preliminary readings by US meteorologists today show that average daily air temperature on the Earth’s surface reached 17.18 degrees Celsius.
Yesterday was the world's hottest day ever on record
The United Nations warned that more extreme temperatures are to come.
Why climate change is fast becoming the single biggest threat to global security
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Much of the work of the Defence Forces “will be predicated on issues around climate change”, the recent security forum was told.
Analysis: The Canadian wildfires are a wakeup call for Ireland on our climate commitments
Seána Glennon writes from Toronto about the devastating wildfires and their impact on health, climate and policy.
Just Stop Oil disrupt London Pride march
A number of protestors have been arrested after blocking the road in front of a Coca-Cola truck.
June 2023
Met Éireann: Ireland set to hit hottest June on record
Met Eireann said that persistently warm days and nights resulted in the record-breaking month.
Zelenskyy meets Greta Thunberg, Mary Robinson to address war’s effect on Ukraine’s ecology
Thunberg denounced the ecological havoc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
New Zealand to become first country to ban thin plastic bags from supermarkets
Some supermarkets have started selling polyester mesh bags that can be washed and reused.
Deadlock over contentious Nature Restoration Law throws its fate into hands of EU Parliament
The EU’s environment committee of 88 MEPs was split down the middle in a highly anticipated vote this morning.
Opinion: How many data centres is enough for Ireland - when will we call a halt?
Jennifer Whitmore of the Social Democrats argues that we’re backing ourselves into a corner with the policy that says no amount of data centres is enough.
Ireland relied on buying 'credits' to reach climate and energy targets - EU audit
A report by the European Court of Auditors examined countries’ performance against 2020 targets and progress towards 2030.