Analysis and opinion on environmental issues. Updated first of each month.

EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, “Ethical lobbying in a post-COVID world”

If enough people want to change an approach, want to redefine ethical lobbying in a post-COVID-19, climate-challenged world, then change can happen.

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Nick Evans and Matthias Duwe, “The contribution of national advisory bodies to climate policy in Europe (EEA)”

Growing importance of national climate advisory councils across Europe

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1 Sep 2021

EEB, “Why EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ is unfit and unfair”

The European Commission’s ‘Fit for 55’ package is high on planet-saving rhetoric but low on ambition.

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30 Jun 2021

Transport & Environment, “Electric car batteries need far less raw materials than fossil-fuel cars – study”

An electric vehicle (EV) battery uses up just 30kg of raw materials with recycling compared to the 17,000 litres of petrol burned by the average car.

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1 Jun 2021

Kayle Crosson, Some Commentary on Pending Irish Climate Bill

Getting up to speed on the new pending Irish Climate Bill

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1 May 2021

Frank Convery and Thomas Sterner, “Framing the Challenge Towards a Deep Climate Collaboration (China, European Union, India, US) – DCC4”

On getting the four largest greenhouse gas emitters (China, the European Union, India and the US) to find ways to collaborate on climate action

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1 Apr 2021

Ciara Brennan, James Orr, Peter Doran, Alison Hough, Dean Blackwood & Laura Neal, ‘Delivering environmental justice in NI and on the island of Ireland: A briefing for the Department of Justice NI’

Overcoming barriers to environmental justice in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, with some urgent priorities for the NI Department of Justice

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1 Mar 2021

Marie Toussaint, “Environmental racism and the quest for justice”

The continuing struggle for environmental justice and against racism

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1 Feb 2021

Marie-Amélie Brun, “NGO’s access to justice made easier but not guaranteed”

On proposed change to Aarhus regulation that NGOs can only challenge decisions that apply to individuals

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1 Jan 2021

Moisio, M. et al., Overview of recently adopted mitigation policies and climate-relevant policy responses to COVID-19: 2020 update – from PBL et al.

The interplay between recent mitigation policies across all sectors and COVID-19 response measures

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1 Nov 2020

William Todts, “Think global, act local to transform cities but also the planet”

The idea that cities should be designed for cars is long dead.

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1 Oct 2020

James FitzGerald, “Home Turf”

Balancing bogs as museums, that present an unrivaled historical and ecological record, and as living landscapes.

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1 Sep 2020

James FitzGerald, “Wings over Ireland”

Some hopes and woes for Ireland’s birds

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1 Aug 2020

James FitzGerald, “Agriculture Under Ireland’s New Coalition”

Environmentalists will have to remain vigilant and ensure that the new Irish coalition sharpens its commitments on climate policies impacting agriculture

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1 Jul 2020

“Uber pollutes more than the cars it replaces – US scientists”

Ride-hailing services like Uber are increasing car travel, climate emissions and traffic congestion, according to a new US study.

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2 Jun 2020

John Sweeney, “Looking Beyond Our Living Room Window”

How do we protect the earth after the virus crisis has passed. What lessons have we learned.

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1 May 2020

Riccardo Nigro, “European Commission funding coal lobbyists is unacceptable, it’s time for answers about the RFCS”

An obscure European Commission fund, ‘Research Fund for Coal and Steel’ (RFCS), is incompatible with the EU’s Green Deal and climate ambitions

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1 Apr 2020

Niall Sargent, “The Green Wave: The Impact on the Next Irish Government.”

The recent Green Wave in Irish politics and how it will affect the formation and operation of the new Irish government

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1 Mar 2020

Michael Northrop, “The most courageous climate action isn’t national”

While the big GHG emitters, including the United States and China, shunned their responsibility at the Madrid talks, cities, states, regions, businesses, and especially the youth showed courage.

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1 Feb 2020

PIVOTAL, “Climate and Biodiversity in Northern Ireland”

Current status of Northern Ireland’s climate inaction

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1 Jan 2020

Jean-Pierre Schweitzer (EEB) and Melissa Zill (ECOS), Climate Action Needs Better Products

A new EU law obliging manufacturers to make home appliances easier to repair has caught global attention

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1 Dec 2019

Faig Abbasov, “LNG remains a deadend for decarbonising maritime transport”

LNG requires massive investment in bunkering infrastructure and LNG-compatible ships, which cannot deliver carbon-free transport but run the risk of creating stranded assets some of which will be publicly funded.

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1 Nov 2019

Joe Romm, “One of the world’s largest banks thinks the writing is on the wall for the oil industry”

We think the economics of renewables are impossible for oil to compete with.

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1 Oct 2019

Frank Convery, Economics and Environment over the past decade – a global perspective

Global progress in the past decade in renewables for electricity production, plus good news from China and EU and bad news from US and Brazil

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1 Sep 2019