The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP27, will be the 27th United Nations Climate Change conference, to be held from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Rural Ireland feels like it is under attack. Every week there are more and more articles blaming Irish farmers for environmental events all over the world, written by people who have no understanding of the consequences of what we do.
By now most of us acknowledge that the planet is burning and as a species we are on borrowed time. So the outcome of the global climate conference in Egypt, which began on a very gloomy note, does offer some hope – albeit via limited progress which also leaves much crucial detail unresolved.
Negotiators at the Cop27 climate summit in Egypt last night neared a breakthrough deal for a fund to help poor countries being ravaged by the impacts of global warming, but remained deadlocked over how to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions driving them.
Hearing Junior Minister for Overseas Development Aid, Colm Brophy, talk of his trip to the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, Professor John Sweeney was struck by how deeply affected the minister was – but also by what he didn’t say.
Climate change is a global problem that requires co-operation between all nations. That’s why today more than 30 newspapers and media organisations in more than 20 countries have taken a common view about what needs to be done. Time is running out. Rather than getting out of fossil fuels and into clean energy, many wealthy nations are reinvesting in oil and gas, failing to cut emissions fast enough and haggling over the aid they are prepared to send to poor countries. All this while the planet hurtles towards the point of no return – where climate chaos becomes irreversible.
With the crises in health and housing, and in the wake of the job layoffs in the big tech sector, is it not high time Ireland put more emphasis on supporting the more traditional industries and trained more doctors, nurses, hospital consultants, blocklayers, plasters, carpenters, plumbers and electricians?
Just when you think that the era of clerical sex abuse is over, it inevitably returns to haunt the institutional Catholic Church, re-traumatise its many victims and survivors and scandalise people of faith.
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