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Leo lets us all down on climate change in effort to cosy up to Trump

Issued in news on March 15, 2018 at 19:08:00.

Friends of the Earth has accused Leo Varadkar of dropping a diplomatic clanger on climate change in his effort to cosy up to Trump.

While speaking publicly in the U.S. today, the Taoiseach said he was “happy to take credit” for the rejection of a planning application for a wind farm near Trump’s Doonbeg golf course following a phone call from Mr. Trump asking for Varadkar’s intervention as then Minster for Tourism.

Golf course in Washington State during forest fires in 2017 (CNN)Commenting, Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

"I'm truly shocked by this. When Leo Varadkar said he wanted to talk to Donald Trump about climate change I did not think he meant 'taking credit' for a wind farm not being built near Trump's golf course in Clare.”

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Dáil calls time on fossil fuel exploration in historic vote

Issued in news on February 09, 2018 at 11:38:00.

Climate Emergency Bill demo Concern TYs

Bill to end offshore drilling licences passes first legislative hurdle

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition has described today's Dáil vote in favour of the Climate Emergency Measures Bill as "historic". The Bill, proposed by People Before Profit TD Brid Smith, would end the issuing of licences to explore for oil and gas in Irish waters. It passed the second stage debate and was referred to the Climate Action Committee by 78 votes to 48, with cross-party support emerging to overcome Government opposition to the Bill.

Stop Climate Chaos spokesperson, Meaghan Carmody, said:

"Leo Varadkar put his Government on the wrong side of history today. The Government clung to the past but they lost. Dáil Eireann voted to take another step towards a fossil fuel free future.

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NGO tells Dáil hearing: think about climate change like Brexit

Issued in news on January 30, 2018 at 16:38:00.

Friends of the Earth
For immediate release
30 January 2018

Government should treat Citizens' Assembly recommendations on Climate Change with the same serious as the Assembly's recommendations on the 8th Amendment

Friends of the Earth will tell an Oireachtas Committee this evening that politicians should approach climate change the same way they approach Brexit. The Oireactas Committee on climate action is holding its hearings on climate progress, and will hear from the EPA, the Climate Council, Prof. John Sweeney, the IFA, and the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, of which Friends of the Earth is a member. Commenting before the hearing, Director of Friends of the Earth, Oisin Coghlan said:

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"The only option was to put my body in between the diggers and the earth"

Issued in the blog on December 08, 2017 at 17:45:00.

Queer bloc at Ende Gelande Nov 2017

A member of Fossil Free TCD went to the UN climate talks in Bonn last month. This is the first of two reports she wrote for us.
I am crouched behind a damp sand bank and can feel my heartbeat in my ears. People shuffle hurriedly in both directions next to me, careful not to slip into the trench behind. I am too terrified to peer over the bank, in case I come face-to-face with a riot cop, and his shield or baton comes crashing into me. I huddle down smaller. Can they see my rucksack over the edge? Someone grabs by elbow violently and I almost shout out - but it is ok. My affinity group is planning our next move. We turn to the hundreds lining the cusp of the pit above, as high up as House 6 from the base: “Which way?” we whisper-scream up at them. “Go left!”, “Left!”, “No cops left!” they shout back, and we are off. Last chance to go back, but we’re up and over and gone. Police far to the right but they’ll never reach us in time. I am running before I know it, and look back for my “buddy” Emma, who has asthma. Her, Tony, and Frodo are close behind. Of course, as it turned out, none of these were their real names.

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Ladybird Expert series on Climate Change - A Summary

Issued in the blog on December 04, 2017 at 16:55:00.

Notes on: Climate Change, by Tony Juniper and Emily Shuckburgh  

Ladybird Expert series 2017, (52 pages including some illustrations)

 

Summarised by:

Paul Donnelly, August 2017

Paul was a highly respected, committed member of Dublin Friends of the Earth and suddenly passed away in November 2017. He spent much of his time collating information about climate change in order to make the topic more accessible for people. May he rest in peace.

 

Background:

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Friends of the Earth is "appalled" by latest climate pollution figures from EPA

Issued in news on November 27, 2017 at 14:41:00.

2017-11 EPA website barchart on 2016 emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today released the figures for Ireland's climate-changing pollution in 2016.

They make for grim reading - with emissions up across the board and a 3.5% total increase year-on-year.

Speaking at the EPA event to publich the figures, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, Head of Science and Communications for Friends of the Earth, commented:

"We are appalled by today's EPA figures for Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions in 2016. Our climate pollution is rising at around 3.5% a year when the Government's own target means they should be coming down by 5% a year.

"Of the handful of EU countries who are going to miss their 2020 climate targets, Ireland is the only Member State whose emissions are still rising.

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A scare in time?

Issued in the blog on November 02, 2017 at 01:30:00.

Ophelia

The scariest thing I saw this Halloween was this new report about carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. The last time CO2 stayed this high, sea levels were 20 metres higher than they are today.

But there is hope . Research also reported this week concludes "an energy transformation big enough and fast enough to curb global warming remains within reach. Better still, we do not need to wait for new inventions to implement the changes we need; the transformation can happen right now".

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Budget completely fails to deliver Taosieach's "new ambition on climate change"

Issued in news on October 10, 2017 at 23:14:00.

Budget 2018

"If policy reviews and consultations reduced emissions Ireland would be a world leader in climate action."

Friends of the Earth has described the Budget as a "complete failure" on climate change.

Commenting, Oisin Coghlan, Friends of the Earth Director, said

"On his election as Taosieach, Leo Varadkar said he wanted 'a new ambition on climate change' and Minister Naughten indicated the Budget would deliver climate action. Instead we get a drop in the bucket on energy efficiency, a few baubles on electric vehicles and a review of the carbon tax.

"I'm not sure what planet the Government is on, but it doesn't seem to be one where Ireland has signed the Paris Agreement and committed itself to reducing climate pollution by 80%."

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Almost there: 24 hours to save our soils!

Issued in the blog on September 11, 2017 at 02:07:00.

Darina soil2

Since I sent the email below on Thursday, about 1000 people in Ireland have signed the official petition to trigger EU action to protect our soils.

We need about 1000 more to fulfil the Irish quota of the European Citizens' Initiative. And we have until midnight on Tuesday (Brussels time!) to get them.

If you've signed already, thank you. Please do tweet this and share this on Facebook to spread the word.

If you haven't signed yet, your support could tip the balance .

As chef Darina Allen puts it in this video :

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Sign the People 4 Soil Petition by 12 September

Issued in news on September 07, 2017 at 00:35:00.

Darina soil

Complete the form below:

Ireland's Soils are in danger. We rely on soil for healthy food, clean water, and protection from flooding. But we're trashing it like there's no tomorrow. Overuse, harmful pesticides, dodgy industry and excessive development have jeopardised the future of our food, water and health. Incredibly, soils are not protected by law. However, we have a unique chance to change this.

If we can get enough people to sign this European Citizens Initiative - an official EU petition - the European Commission will have to address the call for much needed new rules to protect soil.  Please SIGN, SHARE and become part of the movement to Save Our Soils!

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