Ireland declares ‘climate emergency’
Ireland has become the second country in the world to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency.
It happened after the Oireachtas (Irish parliament) report on Climate Action was accepted by the government and opposition parties without a vote.
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Ireland followed in the footsteps of the United Kingdom, which declared a climate emergency earlier this month after 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed MPs urging more climate action and in the wake of protests by climate action group Extinction Rebellion.
For now, there is no set definition of what a “climate emergency” is so each government will have to define how they prepare for this new development.
But according to recent Eurostat data, Ireland’s fight against climate change might be improving. The island nation was the third country after Portugal and Bulgaria to reduce its CO2 emissions in 2018.
However, Ireland did not feature among the eight EU countries, which called on Wednesday for more ambition on tackling climate change ahead of a European summit in Sibiu, Romania.