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

EEA, Impacts of COVID-19 on single-use plastic in Europe’s environment

Impacts on environment and climate as result of change in use of single-use plastics during COVID-19 pandemic


“Weakening the EU Water Law: Industry’s Wish List”

In Europe, only 40 percent of EU rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands are healthy today, largely due to pressures from industrial agriculture and hydropower, as well as other sectors, such as mining.


1 Jun 2019

Joe Romm, “Earth Day founder thinks we’re close to political breakthrough on climate”

Denis Hayes, a principal organizer of first Earth Day, predicts the 50th anniversary in 2020 will be “the largest, most diverse action in human history.”


1 May 2019

Dan Gearino, “100% Renewable Energy Needs Lots of Storage. This Polar Vortex Test Showed How Much”

Energy analysts used power demand data from the January deep freeze and wind and solar conditions to find the gaps in an all-renewable power grid


1 Apr 2019

Laurie Laybourn-Langton, Lesley Rankin and Darren Baxter, “This Is a Crisis: Facing Up to the Age of Environmental Breakdown” (Institute for Public Policy Research)

The historical disregard of environmental considerations in most areas of policy has been a catastrophic mistake


1 Mar 2019

Michael Northrop, The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS): Actions and Possibilities

How “sub-national leaders” (local, regional and corporate decision makers) are taking concrete actions on climate change as national and international actors falter


1 Feb 2019

Joe Romm, “Rapidly disintegrating Arctic sea ice leaves scientists ‘shocked’”

And that means faster sea level rise, faster global warming, and more extreme weather for us.


1 Jan 2019

Clemmer, Richardson, Sattler and Lochbaum, “The Nuclear Power Dilemma: Declining Profits, Plant Closures, and the Threat of Rising Carbon Emissions”

The Union of Concerned Scientists’ assessment of the current status, and usefulness, of nuclear power in US


1 Dec 2018

Max Muenchmeyer, Ireland’s Energy And Climate Plan: Consolidation, Cohesion, Consultation (IIEA)

Challenges for Ireland to meet obligations under the EU’s Energy Union Flagship Project


27 Oct 2018

Water in the city – from EEA Signals (2018)

The challenge: ensuring a reliable clean water supply, treating waste water and preparing for floods or scarcity


1 Oct 2018

Emily Macintosh, “Local communities work to stop Northern Irish mining boom”

A focus on Northern Ireland where 5 companies currently hold 10 mineral prospecting licences for different locations


1 Sep 2018

Joe Romm, “The argument for fracking as a climate solution just went down in flames: Methane leaks from natural gas production wipe out any climate benefit”

New study of methane leaks in the oil and gas industry is the final piece of evidence that natural gas is not part of the climate solution.


1 Aug 2018

Catherine O’Toole, “Case Study: Creating change through the Public Participation Network”

On effective community participation in environmental projects and policies at the local level in Ireland


1 Jul 2018

Joe Romm, “Paul Krugman explains why there’s no future for the coal industry”

Bringing back coal jobs is ‘about as practical as bringing back the buggy whip industry’, explains Krugman.


1 Jun 2018

Florent Grelier, “Carmakers delaying more efficient models until 2019 to maximise profit, but most remain on track to meet 2021 CO2 targets – report”

Carmakers complain they can’t meet their CO2 targets, blaming declining diesel sales, while pushing old, inefficient, high-performance SUVs to maximise their profits


1 May 2018

Transport & Environment, “How to get rid of Dirty diesels on city roads: Analysis of diesel restriction measures in European cities to date”

Local access restrictions can succeed in removing polluting vehicles from city centers and encourage cleaner alternatives


1 Apr 2018

Joe Romm, “Trump’s infrastructure plan is ‘a whole lot of waste’ just like his border wall”

On the folly of Trump’s infrastructure plans to spend billions of dollars on developing projects that will likely be ruined by the impacts of a rapidly changing climate


6 Mar 2018

Greg Archer, “Reconfirmed: Transport is Europe’s biggest climate problem”

Why transport is EU’s biggest climate problem, and what needs to be done to change that


1 Feb 2018

Frank Convery, “Where climate change will hurt most”

We are only beginning to learn where the climate damages will be, when they will occur and how catastrophic they will be


1 Jan 2018

John Sweeney, “Some Reflections on Attending the Bonn Global Climate Change Talks”

Ireland’s leading climatologist reflects on what has just happened during the UN global climate talks in Bonn, Germany


1 Dec 2017

Joe Romm, “With fast-charging, electric cars will soon match or beat gasoline cars in every respect”

Electric cars are on the verge of solving the last challenge they face in competing with gasoline cars — speed of recharging


2 Nov 2017

Transport & Environment, “Diesel: the true (dirty) story”

Executive Summary of T&E’s report on why diesel cars are not needed for EU economy, climate or environment Two years after the Dieselgate scandal …


1 Oct 2017

Peter Lehner, “Feed More With Less”

Redesigning our food system to radically reduce all types of waste from farm to fork


1 Sep 2017

European Geosciences Union, “Removing CO2 from the air required to safeguard children’s future”

Part of scientific basis for a lawsuit filed by 21 young people against the US government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by failing to protect them against climate change.


1 Aug 2017

Joe Romm, “The ‘ancient carbon’ of Alaska’s tundra is being released, speeding up global warming”

The Alaskan tundra is warming so quickly it has become a net emitter of carbon dioxide ahead of schedule


1 Jul 2017