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Northern Ireland Assembly declares a 'climate emergency'

The Northern Ireland Assembly has declared a climate emergency and backed the creation of an independent body to protect the environment. It followed a debate on climate change in the chamber on Monday 27 January 2020. MLAs supported immediate action to cut carbon emissions and called for an independent Environmental Protection Agency to be established within a year.

Councils examine range of options to stop scourge of plastic waste

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council have joined a list of councils across Northern Ireland to outline their committment to reducing the amount of Single Use Plastics (SUP) across their organisation.

Development of an Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland

The Department for Economy is developing a new Energy Strategy to replace the existing Strategic Energy Framework. It will include the development of new policy and support for the decarbonisation of our energy mix – in transport, heat and power – through both fuel switching to renewable and lower-carbon fuels and energy efficiency (using less energy to deliver the same output).

Climate Change Adaptation Programme for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s second Climate Change Adaptation Programme (NICCAP2) was published in September 2019 and it covers the period 2019-2024. The document contains the Northern Ireland Civil Service Departments' response to the risks and opportunities relevant to Northern Ireland, as identified in the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017.

Lay of the Land - RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Northern Ireland Report

Lay of the Land outlines the need for a transformation in our food and farming system in order to respond to the climate emergency and restore biodiversity, improve the public's health and wellbeing in all communities and develop Northern Ireland's distinctive pattern of farming to play its full part in responding to these challenges, supporting and revitalising rural communities

Causeway Coast and Glens wins Sustainability Category at Local Government Awards

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council was a winner at this year’s Local Government Awards on February 20. The Council picked up the award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability by a Local Authority for their Live Smart campaign. The Awards are co-ordinated by NILGA and the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE). This year they attracted 58 entries and showcased brilliance in service provision, new initiatives and the personal commitment from councils, councillors, staff and partners. Runners up in the category included Mid Ulster District Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Event - Global Goals, Local Action

Sustainable NI, in partnership with NILGA, organised a 'Global Goals, Local Action' roundtable event on 23 November 2018 at Bangor Castle. The event was to raise awareness about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how they can be implemented at a local level. The event was attended by Elected Members, council officers and public sector representatives along with representatives from the voluntary and private sectors.

Ards and North Down Borough Council could be the first in NI to have seabins

The Council is looking into the purchase of three seabins to be located around the Ards and North Down coast. Its 110 miles of coastline draws tourism as a result of its waterways, harbours and marinas and this initiative will help in the fight against the eight million pieces of plastic that find their way into oceans daily, making the sea a cleaner and safer place for both residents and local marine wildlife.

Mass wildlife loss caused by human consumption

"Exploding human consumption" has caused a massive drop in global wildlife populations in recent decades, the WWF conservation group says. In its Living Planet Report, the charity says losses in vertebrate species - mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles - averaged 60% between 1970 and 2014. It urges policy makers to set new targets for sustainable development.

Final call to save the world from 'climate catastrophe'

After three years of research and a week of haggling between scientists and government officials at a meeting in South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5C. Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C.  Keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels will mean "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society". It will be hugely expensive - but the window of opportunity remains open.