Environment

Brian Hayes singing from the same hymn sheet as EU Commission and big business on EU-US Free Trade Deal

Brian Hayes singing from same hymn sheet as big business on the EU-US Free Trade Agreement

Brian Hayes’ comments this morning supporting the proposed EU-US Free Trade deal show that like his Fine Gael colleagues in the European Parliament, he is singing off the same hymn sheet as the EU Commission and big business.What Brian Hayes does not mention is the massive negative effects which the deal will have, and which has seen opposition from trade ...

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Climate Action Bill: Lack of targets & EU lobbying shows environment is down list of government priorities

Members of the Stop Climate Change Chaos group campaigning for targets in the Climate Bill

Only yesterday, the IPCC reported on the environmental disaster that is quickly approaching, today we have Minister Phil Hogan approaching cabinet with the Climate Action Bill which, taken in the context of the report, is a laughable joke. It has now emerged that the government have been lobbying the European Commission to try pull an accounting trick on how emissions ...

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IPCC climate chage report: We need immediate state investment in renewables

Binding climate change targets are needed

In light of the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, the government must launch a major programme of state investment into renewable energies. Environmental catastrophe is impending, yet the government in Ireland and governments across the globe have their heads in the sand. The latest IPCC report clearly states that there needs to be a fundamental change ...

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Binding and stringent climate targets needed for EU and Ireland

Nearly 30% of those emissions were belched out by the top 20 companies

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a damning indictment of the inaction and lip service paid by governments across the globe to what is now an impending environmental and humanitarian disaster. Over the last twenty years numerous reports have pointed towards the utter destruction which has been outlined in this report, but there has been ...

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Big Gas companies: never let a crisis go to waste

Fracking is hugely unpopular due to its harm to the environment

In the context of the escalating political standoff over Ukraine between the US and the EU on the one side and Russia on the other side, big business and conservative politicians seem to remember Winston Churchill´s saying “never let a good crisis go to waste”. As part of the debate on escalating sanctions against Russia and possible Russian retaliation as ...

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European Parliament hears that water is a human right not a commodity

Today the European Parliament’s Environment Committee discussed the ‘Right2Water’ citizens’ initiative. The initiative was signed by almost 1.9 million people across Europe demanding that water is treated as a public good, not a commodity. This view stands in contrast to the super rich, such as the Chairman of Nestle, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, who has stated that “access to water is not ...

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Water Regulator acting in cahoots with Government in feeble attempt to prevent water tax becoming major election issue

Yesterday in the Dáil, management from the Water Regulator announced that they will not give any public indication until August about the likely cost of the water tax per household. This is a feeble attempt by the Regulator, in cahoots with Irish Water and the Government, to prevent the water tax becoming a major election issue in the run up ...

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