Ciaran Hogg

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8 years 7 months ago

Tougher targets and measures to cut carbon emissions will not be adopted by the European Commission, even though it will be more cost efficient in the long term.
The European Commission is expected to release its plans in a road map on climate change and energy policy. The European Union is currently expected to meet two of its three main targets with regards to emissions. Europe is on target to cut its emissions by 20% from its 1990’s...


8 years 7 months ago

The Republican Party has introduced a bill in the two chambers of Congress in an attempt to stop and limit the power of the Environmental Protection Agency from monitoring emissions that are linked to climate change and global warming.
The Republicans brought the bill before the chambers of Congress this month and President Barack Obama is expected to veto the bill. The President remains committed to keeping his promise of reducing...


8 years 7 months ago


Scientists have warned that climate change and a huge increase in the global population as well as the growth of developing countries could mean that there will be a significant shortage of water in the near future. Researchers, Policy makers, economists and scientists are due to deliver a lecture in Canada on the world’s water that will highlight the issue of water in agriculture and in energy production and the current...


8 years 7 months ago

An attempt to curb New Delhi’s carbon emissions by switching vehicles to run on cleaner fuels has not worked according to a study carried out by the University of British Columbia. The study revealed that the environmental impact of upgrading 5000 of the vehicles had a worse effect on curbing emissions and was detrimental in fighting climate change.
The study focused on Indian city’s conversion of 90,000 buses, auto rickshaws and...


8 years 7 months ago

Local deforestation is believed to be linked to changing weather patterns at Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya. The study, which was carried out by the University of Alabama in Huntsville suggests that deforestation is causing snow caps and glaciers at the top of the mountain to melt and recede. The research was conducted by using data from NASA satellites and regional climate models.
The study was led by University of Alabama’s Dr Udaysankar Nair who is a research scientist that...


8 years 7 months ago

Scientists have suggested that there may be a mass extinction of animals in the near future due to climate changes and numerous other factors. A study revealed that the earth may go through another mass extinction of animal species, similar to that of five other time periods that saw mass extinction in the past 540 million years.
However, unlike these other periods of extinction, this would be the first time that humans or any other species were primarily responsible for the...


8 years 7 months ago

A new Irish government is expected to take office this week after Friday’s general election. However, with a new government due to be confirmed later this week, Ireland's Climate Change Response Bill may be in jeopardy.
The results of the election mean that the coalition government, which consists of Fianna Fail and the Green party, were decimated and a new coalition government made up of...


8 years 7 months ago

Computer models that simulate and predict future climate change patterns are far from accurate according to climate scientist Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change at the University of Manchester. Anderson believes that this is because the Integrated Assessment Models (IAM’s) that are widely used by researchers to predict the future of climate change are built on assumptions. Anderson believes that these assumptions are very optimistic and do...


8 years 7 months ago

An assessment has revealed that three quarters of the world’s coral reefs are under serious threat and could potentially die out if current trends do not change and measures are not taken to protect them.

Climate change was one of the factors that was listed as contributing to the rapid decline of coral reefs across the globe. However, it is believed that climate change will have a more profound impact within the next twenty years. Over fishing and pollution were named as...


8 years 8 months ago

Samples of marine life from the 1900’s could prove to be an invaluable resource for scientists in projecting climate change.

Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey are using specimens of marine life collected during Captain Scott’s trips to the Antarctic.

The study has revealed that bryozoans, which are minute marine animals have increased in numbers over the past century and dramatically so in the last 10 years. The British Antarctic Survey confirmed that this is because there are greater levels of carbon dioxide located on the sea bed.

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