Issued in the blog on December 22, 2016 at 03:43:00.
Yesterday was the shortest day of the year.
It was dark for 16 ½ hours.
Here in Ireland we just flicked a switch to put on the light. And got on with cooking, working, surfing, or relaxing by the Christmas tree.
For 1.2 billion people around the world that’s just not possible. They have no access to electricity. 1 in every 6 people on Earth. When the sun goes down, life gets more complicated: cooking, washing, reading, homework, socializing, safety are all curtailed by a lack of power.
Issued in the blog on December 09, 2016 at 14:32:00.
First up, the film Atlantic was RTE One last night. So it's now available to watch on RTE Player. It's great film from the director of The Pipe about three small fishing communities, in Ireland, Norway and Canada, as they struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges. Also, the last episode of David Attenborough's breathtaking Planet Earth II is on BBC One Sunday at 8pm.
Minister Naughten's inaugural climate statement was a damp squib
Next week's action plan faces 5 tests of credibility
Friends of the Earth have reacted with dismay to Minister Naughten's first Annual Transition Statement on climate action, presented to the Oireachtas this week. The debate in the Seanad is here. The statement published in the Oireachtas library is here .
Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan said:
"There was just no sense of urgency in today's climate statement.
"If Minister Naughten can't get Enda Kenny's Government to commit to real action we may as well have Trump as Taoiseach.
This time last year we were all in the throes of Storm Desmond. On this day, December 5 th , Theresa Mannion made sure we all understood just how treacherous the conditions were with her RTE news broadcast from Galway urging us all not to “make unnecessary journeys, don’t take risks on treacherous roads and DON’T SWIM IN THE SEA!”
EPA report identifies key uncertainties in impacts of fracking on the environment and human health
Minister's support for ban on fracking welcome
Research commissioned by the EPA on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Exploitation UGEE, or fracking was published today.
The research, which was limited to a desk study analysis, concludes that there is inconclusive data and evidence to quantify many of the risks of fracking on the environment and public health, particularly in relation to the pollution of groundwater aquifers.
Commenting Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth said
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:
Issued in the blog on October 28, 2016 at 11:47:00.
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.