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# Climate Change

'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
Eamon Ryan: 'If we crack energy, we can crack climate'
The Minister for Transport, Climate, Environment & Communications says polluters need to pay up.
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.
'Most important in years': Taoiseach heads to Dubai for COP28 climate change conference
Varadkar said Ireland in particular has a lot of opportunities when it comes to renewable energy.
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.
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.
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.
Explainer: China, the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter
Questions and Answers about China’s emissions and climate plans.
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”.
COP28 turns attention to potent methane emissions, as UN warns about rising temperatures
The crucial summit will start in Dubai next week.
Jacinda Ardern on death threats, climate change and why social media is like alcohol
The former Prime Minister of New Zealand was speaking at a conference in Dublin today.
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.
'Alarming' health risks due to inaction over climate change as Ireland behind on action plan
A major health report’s findings come as the government admits it has yet to complete one-third of its planned climate actions.
Householders to pay 'small charge' on energy bills to pay for new floating gas storage ship
The location for the floating gas storage ship is yet to be decided.
Emmanuel Macron says melting glaciers are ‘an unprecedented challenge for humanity’
The French leader was spaking at the anuual Paris Peace Forum.
Government TD accuses RTÉ of wanting to 'close down' Ireland's beef industry
Claire Byrne said that the statement was not true, and unfair.
Australia offers climate refuge to Tuvalu citizens threatened by rising sea levels
Two of Tuvalu’s nine coral islands have already largely disappeared under the waves.
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.
Govt accused of 'lack of policy coherence' as Varadkar and ministers seek to expand beef exports
The Taoiseach and three government ministers have been in South Korea this week to promote Irish beef and trade.
ESB crews travel to France amid power outages as Storm Ciarán leaves 16 people dead across Europe
Air, rail and ferry services saw cancellations and long delays across several countries.
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.
The Explainer: What can be done to stop damaging flooding in Ireland?
We’re joined by Dr Mary Bourke, a flood risk management expert and assistant professor of Geography at Trinity College Dublin. She delves into the reasons why flooding – just like strong winds or extreme temperatures – can never be fully stopped, but outlines the solutions Ireland could consider in order to mitigate against the worst impacts on people’s homes and livelihoods.
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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.
Varadkar says 'adaptation' to climate change most effective response and land use plan needed
The Taoiseach said reducing emission would make a “small contribution” to slowing down climate change.
'The polluter must pay': Ryan hits out at oil giant Saudi Arabia spending millions on football
The Minister will attend meetings in Abu Dhabi this weekend ahead of COP28 in Dubai in December.
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.
Government may increase money available to businesses damaged by flooding, Eamon Ryan says
Under a current scheme, businesses affected by flooding can avail of up to €20,000 for damage to their premises.
John Gibbons: We must turn to nature if we're serious about tackling extreme flooding
The environmental journalist and commentator says multi-million flood barriers are not the answer – nature is.
Green Party not ruling out being part of Sinn Féin-led coalition, Ryan says
The Green Party leader also condemned the ongoing violence in Gaza.