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A chink of light from Bali?

As we write, it appears that the UN climate summit is ‘on the brink’ of a deal. A bloc comprising the US, Japan and Canada have been working together to block any agreement that imposed any actual deadlines or any … Continue reading

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“There is no plan B’

That’s how Australia’s new prime minister, Kevin Rudd today set it out to delegates in Bali on climate change. “There is is no other planet any of us can escape to”. Rudd recently thrashed outgoing PM, John Howard, and the … Continue reading

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They killed Kyoto, will they now butcher Bali too?

“Watch out for Canada, the US and Saudi Arabia” – that was the warning from a spokesperson for Climate Action Network, quoting a leaked memo from Ottowa ordering Canadian delegates to demand binding reductions from all major emitters, ie. China … Continue reading

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‘Santa’ Klaus the climate sceptic

Ho ho ho. Vaclav Klaus thinks that the movement to prevent global warming is in fact a new ideology that threatens to undermine freedom and the world’s social and economic order. Klaus feels so strongly about this that he has … Continue reading

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Making peace with the planet

You have to hand it to Al Gore. Yes, his hopeless presidential campaign in 2000 gifted the Presidency to the most rapacious group of robber barons since their heyday in the late 19th Century. Yes, he is a bit of … Continue reading

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Taking to the streets of Dublin for climate change

Yesterday, December 8th, was World Climate Day, and it was marked by protest marches in around 50 cities globally, including an estimated turnout of 10,000 in London. Compare that with the more than half a million who turned out – … Continue reading

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Carbon Budget – what does it actually mean?

“The Carbon Budget marks the beginning of a new era. It is an era in which climate change moves to the heart of Government decision-making. It puts our responsibilities to tackle climate change on an equal footing with our responsibilities … Continue reading

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Ireland’s first Carbon Budget

Later today, Environment Minister John Gormley will present Ireland’s first ever ‘carbon budget’ to the Dáil. Whatever about its practical effect in the short term, this is a highly symbolic move. Remember, a few short months ago, one Dick Roche … Continue reading

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A time bomb in the wilderness

CO2, we’re told, is the knife at the throat of world climate. Methane has so far got much less press, mostly because there’s a lot less of it in the atmosphere. And just as well; methane is 23 times more … Continue reading

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Wind of change finally reaches Ireland?

When the Greens took the plunge and went into Coalition with Fianna Fail earlier this year, many eyebrows were raised. It looked like another cynical move by the the dominant party to stick on a green fig leaf to cover … Continue reading

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