Three years and six goals to meet targets in the Paris Climate Agreement

A grouping of climate change experts has published six goals that must be achieved by 2020 in order to meet the targets set out in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. In a letter published in the journal Nature, the authors and co-signatories – represented by eminent scientists, business leaders, economists and NGO representatives – declared weContinue reading “Three years and six goals to meet targets in the Paris Climate Agreement”

Legislation needed to protect European soil, new EU study finds

A new report published by the European Parliament’s committee responsible for scrutinising the European Commission’s agricultural policies has highlighted the threats facing soils across Europe. The report – prepared by academic experts from Wageningen University, Aarhus University and the University of Cordoba – was presented to the European Parliament on 20th June and included a numberContinue reading “Legislation needed to protect European soil, new EU study finds”

Retailers face higher costs without HFC phase-out, says Environmental Investigation Agency

European retailers face severe financial repercussions if they do not transition to hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free cooling technology, the Environmental Investigation Agency warned today. The EU F-Gas Regulation, brought into law in 2015, legislates for the rapid, stepped phasing out of the use HFCs, which are potent greenhouse gases. From 2018 HFC supplies will be slashed by 48Continue reading “Retailers face higher costs without HFC phase-out, says Environmental Investigation Agency”

Green Party launch Waste Reduction Bill 2017

The Green Party today launched a Waste Reduction Bill to introduce a deposit refund scheme for glass and plastic bottles and a complete ban on single-use non-recyclable plastics, such as coffee cups and plastic cutlery. Only 40 per cent of the 210,000 tonnes of plastic produced each year in Ireland is recycled and at least 52.5Continue reading “Green Party launch Waste Reduction Bill 2017”

Trump’s climate decision dangerous for the US and the world

President Trump tweeted late on Wednesday evening that be will be announcing his decision on whether or not the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement today at 8PM Irish time. Unfortunately, and as expected, he announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Agreement which aims to limit global average temperature toContinue reading “Trump’s climate decision dangerous for the US and the world”

Fracking: what we know, should it be banned?

Hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ has dramatically changed the energy sector in the US , allowing them to become the world’s largest natural gas producer and lessen its dependence on crude oil imported from the Middle East. But the question remains as to what environmental and public health cost? There are increasing numbers of reports that hydraulicContinue reading “Fracking: what we know, should it be banned?”