Peter Thorne

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The conference was told that Eirgrid would be implementing measures to increase the security of Irish electricity supply. File photograph: Getty

Cutting Ireland’s carbon emissions by half over the next decade will be immensely challenging but it is achievable, according to Minister for the Envi(...)

The Cabinet has approved a ban on licences for new oil and natural gas exploration

The Cabinet has approved a ban on licences for new oil and natural gas exploration which will come into effect immediately. The ban will be enacted t(...)

The Paris Agreement is frustratingly vague and imprecise as to what constitutes pre-industrial

Research groups around the world provide updates of global surface temperatures that are critical to evaluating climate change trends. They differ ba(...)

People’s attention may have been elsewhere – the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines or the Brexit negotiations – but this has been a week that will set the (...)

Peter Thorne is a professor of physical geography (climate science) at Maynooth University.

Achieving a 7 per cent reduction in carbon emissions annually in Ireland will not happen immediately, so “people have to give the government time to t(...)

Dr David Styles’s modelling of different possibilities sees Irish beef’s ranking rise as high as third or fall as low as 11th. Equally, Irish dairy can rise to first or fall to 11th.

Published in 2010, using data from 2004, one of the most cited pieces of beef and dairy research is now well over a decade old. According to Bord Bia,(...)

The Green Party has flagged it is seeking for the next decade a yearly emissions cut of 7 per cent. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Any party entering government formation talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael should insist the State pursue actions to contain climate breakdown – and(...)

Experts say rising global sea levels will exacerbate the risk of both repeat flooding and storm surges in an Irish context. File photograph: Getty Images

Extreme flooding events in some US coastal areas could double every five years if sea levels fuelled by climate change continue to rise, according to (...)

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran   in flood water in Athlone, Co  Westmeath. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“Job done,” said the Minister for Flood Relief, striding from the swollen waters of the Shannon. “I’m drownded f***in’ wet though.” For a politician(...)

What happens when it does hit? Big problems, and very visible ones, according to the academic. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Another week, another quite terrifying prediction on the impact of climate change on the geography of Ireland. This time, the source was Maynooth Un(...)

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