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The Health Impacts of Climate Change

Issued in the blog on November 28, 2016 at 18:08:00.

Carbon dioxide is the perfect killer. Invisible and odourless, it exerts its mal-effects insidiously and so surreptitiously that they have managed to avoid registering on most peoples’ daily list of concerns. Indeed this has allowed its continued production to be regarded by many as essential to maintaining the quality of life that most of us currently enjoy.

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Dail gives unanimous backing to bill to ban fracking

Issued in news on October 28, 2016 at 11:50:00.

Dáil gives unanimous backing to Bill to ban fracking
Hailed as historic first step to fossil free future

Friends of the Earth has hailed the passing of a Bill to ban fracking in the Dáil tonight as "an historic first step towards a fossil free future". At 7.20pm the Ceann Comhairle noted that the Dáil had "unanimously" agreed the second stage of Tony McLoughlin's private members bill and referred it to a select committee for detailed scrutiny. The decision came on the same day the Dáil voted to ratify the Paris Agreement which comes into force next week.

Commenting, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth, Kate Ruddock said:

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Last night we made history. Now let's make the future.

Issued in the blog on October 28, 2016 at 11:47:00.

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Keep it in the ground

10 days ago we asked for your help to get a Bill to ban fracking over its first big hurdle in the Dáil. You responded like never before, raising money for a legal opinion on the Bill in less than 24 hours. Then 2,500 of you wrote to your local TDs urging them to #BackTheBill.

And you won!

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Our Chairperson reflects on her legacy

Issued in the blog on October 24, 2016 at 00:15:00.

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Our Chairperson, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, reflects on her legacy in honour of Halloween

On October 11, 2016, Rowan Jacobson of Outside Magazine wrote a startling obituary: “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old.”

Jacobson goes on to describe the legacy of the Great Barrier Reef, from the impressive array of more than 6,000 species it harboured to the food and mineral resources it provided for the humans who lived next to it for 60,000 years.

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Ask your TD to #BackTheBill to ban fracking

Issued in the blog on October 20, 2016 at 17:27:00.

Will you ask your TD to vote for a ban on fracking next week?

There is a Bill to ban fracking in Ireland scheduled for debate in the Dáil next week (Thurs 27th Oct, 3:30 - 5:30). If we can mobilize enough support it will take a crucial step towards becoming law. But we need your TDs to agree to it.

Most political parties have either a stated policy or declared in their election manifesto's that they are opposed to fracking. Have a look at this infographic of what the different parties have said about fracking.

Act Now

 

Now we need to make sure they keep their promises.

 

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2016 Election Pledge Legislation to ban fracking

Issued in publications on October 18, 2016.

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Friends of the Earth Ireland calls on Enda Kenny to respect Seanad vote on trade deal

Issued in news on October 10, 2016 at 13:29:00.

Friends of the Earth Ireland calls on Enda Kenny to respect Seanad vote on trade deal

Seanad urges Government to oppose implementation of CETA until parliamentary scrutiny and ratification is complete.

Yesterday, the Seanad approved a motion calling on the Irish government to reject provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe. The historic motion makes the Irish Parliment the first in the world to take a vote on CETA. Independent senator Alice Mary Higgins proposed the motion, which passed by one vote, having garnered the support of The Civil Engagement Group, Labour, Sinn Féin, and Green Parties, thus rejecting the position Fine-Gael led government.

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Taoiseach, it's time

Issued in the blog on September 29, 2016 at 17:14:00.

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The Taoiseach was addressing the Seanad today and a couple of Senators were interested in raising climate change with him. Here's what I would have said.
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Taoiseach,

Your government has adopted a National Policy Position on Climate Action, underpinned by the Climate Act, that defines Ireland's transition objective for 2050 as an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between energy, housing and transport, and carbon neutrality for agriculture and land use, in line with the lower end of the EU's emissions goal for 2050. And your Government's White Paper on Energy has a target of reducing energy emissions by 80-95% by 2050, in line with the higher end of the EU's goal, and proclaims a vision of a "carbon-free" future for Ireland.

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Chairperson of Friends of the Earth Ireland, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, wins best Irish Current Affairs and Politics blog for ‘The Verdant Yank’

Issued in news on September 20, 2016 at 11:02:00.

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Chairperson of Friends of the Earth Ireland, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, wins best Irish Current Affairs and Politics blog for ‘The Verdant Yank’

Friends of the Earth Ireland are delighted to announce Chairperson Dr. Cara Augustenborg’s win for best Current Affairs and Politics blog in last week’s Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016. Cara’s blog, The Verdant Yank, examines Ireland’s environmental issues with a scientific and political view.

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Stop Climate Chaos WALL-E Film Screening!

Issued in news on September 16, 2016 at 12:14:00.

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Friends of the Earth as part of Stop Climate Chaos are hosting our annual Autumn Outdoor Film Screening next Saturday 24th in Sandymount Green, and this year we are showing the Disney Pixar Movie Wall-E!

You joined us for Stop Climate Chaos's screening of Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" last year and we would love to see you next Saturday as we pair up with Happenings to screen Wall-E!

DATE - 24th September

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