It’s not too late to learn from Denmark

[This article appeared in the Irish Times on the 22nd of September 2022 as https://www.irishtimes.com/environment/climate-crisis/2022/09/22/wind-energy-its-not-too-late-to-learn-from-denmark/] We tend to think of the modern wind turbine as a recent invention. In fact, it dates to the late 1890s. The Danish physicist and inventor Poul La Cour invented the basic turbine technology to generate electricity. His 1903 windmill …

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Crisis – what crisis?

On the 9th of May 2019, the Dáil declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. The declaration was hastily voted on with just 6 TDs present in the Dáil with Green Party TD Eamon Ryan observing “we have declared a climate emergency in our own Irish way.” If the pandemic can teach us anything, surely it …

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Offsetting is a dangerous fantasy

[Published in the Irish Times on Thursday July 28th 2022] Imagine paying someone to queue for you. Believe it or not, this is not a hypothetical scenario. In some US states voting centre hours are so limited people have to queue for long periods before they can cast their ballots. So, some enterprising folk offer …

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‘A parental responsibility’: Ireland needs an ombudsman for the future

Imagine a world where we managed to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees by ending our reliance on fossil fuels completely by the mid-2030s. We invest heavily in renewables and interconnections, and our energy needs including heating and transport are met via carbon-free electricity. High-carbon lifestyles are no longer socially acceptable. We now live in …

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