Monthly Archives: October 2023

Mitigation, adaptation – or suffering

Years and decades of dithering, denial and inaction mean that the remaining options open to humanity grow more limited and more unpalatable by the day. I explained in this Irish Examiner piece in late October the crucial differences between climate … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Extreme weather, Global Warming | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Climate impacts hitting home

The below piece ran as full pages in the Irish Mirror and Irish Daily Star in late October, to mark the UN’s International Day Against Climate Change. IT IS ALMOST certain that 2023 will be the hottest year globally since records … Continue reading

Posted in Extreme weather, Global Warming, Irish Focus, Sustainability | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Nature holds key to tackling flood risks

Flooding remains Ireland’s top climate vulnerability, and it once again came home to bite in county Cork in October 2023 when the town of Midleton and some surrounding areas were inundated, with millions of euros in damages, but thankfully, no … Continue reading

Posted in Extreme weather, Global Warming, Irish Focus, Sustainability | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Planetary lines we shouldn’t cross

I filed this piece with Village magazine in October, charting the growing number of critical planetary boundaries that have now been breached, and why this matters. ON ANCIENT mariners’ maps, areas of uncharted waters were often marked with illustrations of … Continue reading

Posted in Global Warming, Sustainability | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

When it gets too hot, things die

Heat is a silent, stealthy killer. As climate change accelerates, the regions in the world becoming too hot for human habitation or even survival are set to expand rapidly. US journalist Jeff Goodell has been on the climate beat for … Continue reading

Posted in Global Warming, Media, Sustainability | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Green shoots of climate progress appear

Budget 2024 was announced in mid-October and was, by any stretch, a very good day for the Greens in government. Despite being the perennial butt of political and media jokes, they have by and large kept their heads down and … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Global Warming, Irish Focus | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The hazards of homicidal pragmatism

Whatever you may think of the Catholic Church (I’m certainly not a fan), it’s hard to dispute the fact that the current pope is unlike any of his predecessors. As I explained in the Irish Examiner in October, he has … Continue reading

Posted in Global Warming, Politics, Psychology | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment