• Ireland continues to limp towards its climate commitments – Unwilling or unable to comply?

    Ireland continues to limp towards its climate commitments – Unwilling or unable to comply?5

    Still showing the wounds of the global economic crisis and in the midst of the greatest political minefield of a generation in Brexit, Ireland has sought to address the challenges of climate change with the recent unveiling of the National Mitigation Plan (NMP). However, as the dust has settled, what has become evident is that it is less of an actual action plan and more of a discussion document, tasking questions in the form of “what could be done” rather than “how they can be done”. The lack of bite in the document drew a not unexpected collective sigh of disappointment from the environmental community.

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  • From Brussels to Beijing: Is there room for optimism in climate policy in Trump’s era?

    From Brussels to Beijing: Is there room for optimism in climate policy in Trump’s era?0

    The decision of President Donald Trump to withdraw the United States of America from the Paris Agreement shocked the international community. After his decision (which, according to Article 28, of the agreement, cannot take place earlier than 4th November 2020) to abandon this historic climate pact that brought together all the countries in the world – with the exception of Syria and Nicaragua – is there still hope for an ambitious climate policy that keeps global warming “far below 2º C”?

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  • Changing energy model dynamics one community at a time

    Changing energy model dynamics one community at a time6

    The science of climate change is complex but clear, the earth is warming. The solution however is steeped in cultural, geographical and political aspects and needs to change the way we think about ourselves and our place in the environment and how we categorize the relationship between society, the economy and natural systems.

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