Budget’s failure to increase carbon tax is shocking

Measure would not have been a panacea but an important step in underlining intent

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel osaid eminds us that greenhouse gas emissions caused by industrialisation have already warmed the planet by one degree. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel osaid eminds us that greenhouse gas emissions caused by industrialisation have already warmed the planet by one degree. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Confirmation that there is not even a modest increase in carbon tax in Budget 2019 is shocking, given Ireland’s track record in tackling climate change versus the rest of the world.

The budget coincides with a report by the world’s leading climate scientists in which the science could not be clearer: the Earth is warming at an accelerating rate, giving us less than 12 years to turn down the temperature dial to have a chance of keeping to within a 1.5 degree global rise on pre-industrial levels.

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