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category national | environment | press release author Monday December 11, 2017 21:28author by foie - Friends of Irish Environment Report this post to the editors

Press Release - Friends of the Irish Environment - 10th Dec 2017

“All eyes will now be on what unfolds in Ireland.”

The Irish Government will appear in the High Court on Tuesday (12 December) in relation to its alleged failure to take the required action to avert dangerous climate change.
students_support_the_irish_climate_case.jpg

The legal challenge was brought at the end of October ex-parte (one side appearing only) by the environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE]. It alleges that the National Mitigation Plan—one of the main planks in the Government’s climate change policy—does not do enough to reduce Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions and is a violation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, Ireland’s Climate Act, the Irish Constitution and human rights obligations.

The case is the first of its kind in the country.

Students and others supporting the case convened in Dublin last week to hear Dutch lawyer Dennis van Berkel, legal counsel to the Urgenda Foundation, which achieved a famous victory in a climate case in the Netherlands in 2015.

“The Dutch case proved that all governments have a legal duty to protect their citizens against climate change by doing their part to lower emissions,” said van Berkel. “Governments all over the world, including in the US, Belgium, Switzerland, and New Zealand, are being held legally accountable for their inaction on climate change, and all eyes will now be on what unfolds in Ireland.”

FIE Director Tony Lowes said they had all been “greatly encouraged by the recent declaration by the High Court that citizens have a constitutional right to an environment that is consistent with human dignity and the well being of citizens at large.”

A Facebook page has been established for the climate case:
https://facebook.com/climatecaseire/

PHOTO: Students supporting the climate case gathered last week in Dublin to hear Dutch lawyer Dennis van Berkel, (left) legal counsel to the Urgenda Foundation, whose famous court victory in 2015 led to the Dutch government having to achieve much higher reductions in greenhouse gases by 2020 than they had been projected to achieved.

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Contacts: Sadhbh O Neill 353 (0) 87 2258599
Irish Language: Daithí Ó hÉalaithe +353 (0)87 6178852

Press Release announcing legal case
http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org/climate-cas...-case

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Background information:

1. Ireland is one of 195 countries to have signed the Paris Agreement, which commits countries to preventing dangerous climate change and holding warming to well below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels as well as pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.

2. Ireland has the third-highest level of greenhouse gas emissions per capita in the EU and a recent report confirmed that Ireland’s emissions have increased since 1990 and are projected to increase further between now and 2020, and again by 2030. The projected total increase in Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 to 2020 is between 7.5% and 10%. See the EPA’s estimates of emissions in the periods 1990 to 2015 and the EPA’s emissions projects 2016-2035. This compares to the reduction of 25%-40% between 1990 and 2020 in order to help avert dangerous climate change, as recognised by Ireland repeatedly via the UNFCCC process.

3. Ireland’s Climate Act is the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015.

4. FIE is represented in the case by O’Connell & Clarke Solicitors and by barristers Eoin McCullough SC and John Kenny BL.
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author by auntiewarpublication date Wed Dec 27, 2017 19:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Our economy is based on agriculture. Agriculture produces methane. In other words, cows fart! All this does is give the EU an excuse to lump more huge fines on us for what our economy needs to do in order to function as an agricultural economy. Aren't every man woman and child on the Island paying EU scum enough money for their bank gambling debts already without paying them more just for being allowed to farm??
We need to change the very core of our economy to reduce this methane. But how do we do that exactly?? We have little else to offer except tourism and tax scams for US corporations. Our own students are just doing the EU's dirty work for them. What useful idiots! Why not focus on the greenhouse gases produced by useless US wars instead? Sue those mad fuckers for bombing burning and killing innocent people instead of sueing your own people for growing food!!

author by Paddy Singhpublication date Wed Dec 27, 2017 20:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Cows fart. That's a farm fact. In India, they have millions of sacred cows, which the Hindu population for religious reasons avoids killing and eating. However, cow patties are diligently collected and used in two ways in hundreds of villages:- a) as compost, or when dried, as fuel for the fire when cooking. b) as fuel for methane digesters, often made of cement and sometimes from plastic, that supply methane gas for use in cooking. Here are a couple of links. Let Irish boffins, including some who work for Teagasc, research the possibilities of recycling unwanted cow dung instead of letting it percolate downwards into the water table. Who knows, but some farting cows may make their owners smile/smell all the way to the bank.

http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2010/ph240/pydipati2/

https://dir.indiamart.com/impcat/biogas-digester.html

 
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