A bird's eye view of the vineyard
From the Saker?s inbox: A little Syrian in dire straits Fri Apr 20, 2018 17:00 | The Saker
Yesterday, I got this email in my inbox. I am reposting it with the permission of the author, removing his name The Saker ——- Hi Saker – For some time
Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/04/20 ? Open Thread Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:00 | Herb Swanson
2018/04/20 10:00:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of
Each ?click? brings us one step closer to the ?bang!? Fri Apr 20, 2018 05:05 | The Saker
[This column was written for the Unz Review] Trump pulled the trigger, but instead of a ?bang!? what the world heard was a demure ?click?. Considering that we are talking
Syrian War Report ? April 19, 2018: Journalists Find Boy Filmed In Staged Video Of Chemical Attack I... Fri Apr 20, 2018 02:32 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... A group of Russian correspondents led by Evgeny Poddubny has found a boy filmed by the White Helmets in their video showing people ?affected? by the alleged chemical attack
The Saker interviewed by ?Guns and Butter? Thu Apr 19, 2018 23:24 | The Saker
On Monday I was interviewed by Bonnie Faulkner for her show “Guns and Butter”. You can listen to the show here: https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=283716 or download it from here: https://archives.kpfa.org/data/201804... Enjoy! The
The Saker >>
#abortiontravel Cordelia Freeman on ?The Chile-Peru Abortion Trail and the Irish Experience? Thu Apr 19, 2018 14:13 | GuestPost
#abortiontravel Sydney Calkin on ?The Changing Geographies of Abortion Access? Wed Apr 18, 2018 14:08 | GuestPost
#abortiontravel Kath Browne & Catherine Nash on ?Love both?: Naming Heteroactivism? Tue Apr 17, 2018 13:01 | GuestPost
#abortiontravel Katherine Side on ?Medical Abortion Use: Post-Referendum Possibilities? Mon Apr 16, 2018 14:01 | GuestPost
Blog Carnival: Spatiality and Abortion Travel Mon Apr 16, 2018 13:58 | Fiona de Londras
Human Rights in Ireland >>
For lefties too stubborn to quit
SIPTU Mayfest Programme 12:53 Fri Apr 20, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
Teaching security solutions? 12:25 Fri Apr 20, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
Seat projections? 10:15 Fri Apr 20, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
Irish Times poll on 8th 08:45 Fri Apr 20, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
Rotating jobs? 07:15 Fri Apr 20, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
Cedar Lounge >>
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017
IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017
Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016
The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015
Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015
Dublin Opinion >>
Irish Government to appear in court in landmark climate case
Monday December 11, 2017 21:28 by foie - Friends of Irish Environment
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.
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:
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.
Contacts: Sadhbh O Neill 353 (0) 87 2258599
Irish Language: Daithí Ó hÉalaithe +353 (0)87 6178852
Press Release announcing legal case
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.