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  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York: The Green New Deal is a proposal offered by progressive Democrats that would dramatically shift the United States away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy. Photograph: Saul  Loeb/ AFP/Getty Images

Three decades of federal “gridlock” in the US on reducing carbon emissions will cause $1 trillion in damage to the global economy, a report by the Ins(...)

Gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protesters set fire to garbage bins and other items in Bordeaux. Photograph: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images

The gilets jaunes protests in France, sparked by a hike in carbon tax, “probably sent a shiver down the spine of politicos in Ireland”. That is how an(...)

US federal regulatory rollbacks have increased the attractiveness of investing in the dirtiest fossil fuel projects globally, while the US withdrawal from the agreement “has created moral and political cover for others to follow suit”

Three years after the Paris agreement on climate change was agreed, the annual gathering of 195 signatory countries was scheduled to finalise a rulebo(...)

Laughing all the way to the apocalypse: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Denis Naughten, who resigned as minister for climate action this week. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Without a co-ordinated global response, unprecedented in history, in as little as 12 years “several hundred million” lives will be immediately threate(...)

The Report on Climate Change and Land will be of critical importance to Ireland, Denis Naughten said, as agriculture is responsible for more than 30 per cent of Irish emissions. File photograph:Getty Images

The process of revisiting Ireland’s climate change strategy – as flagged by Minister for Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten – will be takin(...)

Minister for Climate Action Denis Naughten says there will be specific measures in Budget 2019 to help meet the Government’s climate change goals including on carbon tax. Photograph: Getty Images

What have we committed to on climate change? Ireland has committed to a range of targets to be achieved by 2020 on carbon emissions from transport, a(...)

Agriculture accounts for a third of Irish emissions. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ways for Irish farmers to achieve major reductions in carbon emissions from agriculture, at a time of massive expansion, have been outlined in a long-(...)

The Irish waste sector is facing unprecedented challenges as new forms of recycling have to be embraced, and old reliable ways of disposing waste are (...)

A Chinese labourer sorts plastic bottles for recycling in Dong Xiao Kou village, on the outskirts of Beijing. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

In December the United Nations passed a unanimous resolution to address the “crisis” of ocean plastic. China subsequently announced it would no longer(...)

The Citizens’ Assembly is considering how the State can become a leader in tackling climate change over the  weekend.

Ireland has “failed spectacularly” in its response to the challenges posed by climate change over the last 15 years, the Citizens’ Assembly has been t(...)

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