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The first UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Adaptation Gap Report is a preliminary assessment of global adaptation gaps in finance, technology and knowledge, and lays out a framework for future work on better defining and bridging these gaps.  The report finds that, despite adaptation funding by public sources reaching $23-26 billion in 2012-2013, there will be a significant funding gap after 2020 unless new and additional finance for adaptation is made available.  It was published to coincide with a crucial round of climate talks in Lima, Peru, December 2015.

The annual Greenhouse Gas bulletin is published by the World Meteorological Organisation.  It reports on the latest trends and atmospheric burdens of the most influential, long-lived greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O), as well as a summary of the contributions of the lesser gases.

A major new report released by a commission of global leaders finds that governments and businesses can now improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions together. Rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure are making it possible today to tackle climate change at the same time as improving economic performance.

Professor Seán Ó Rian presented a paper at Social Justice Ireland's 2013 Social Policy Conference entitled 'Economic Foundations of Social Progress - Ireland through a Nordic Lens'.  The paper examines social protection, employment, finance and institutional transformation from an Irish and a European perspective.

The paper is available here.

The presentation and Q & A session are available to view below.

John Sharry's paper 'Hope in the Face of Disaster ' presented at Social Justice Ireland's social policy conference 2013 'A Future Worth Living For'.

Nearly 2 billion people still lack access to safe drinking water. Despite the fact that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on water was reached in 2010 the scale of the challenge the world faces on this issue is staggering. 

Ireland is at significant risk of not meeting its EU 2020 targets.

Figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicate that while Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions will comply with its Kyoto Protocol obligations (2008 – 2012), Ireland is at significant risk of not meeting its EU 2020 targets even under the best-case scenario.

The Greenhouse Gas Emission Projections of Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency.

The Government’s Renewable Energy Strategy document does not contain any measureable outputs, policy goals or short, medium or long-term implementation plans in order to reach the stated targets. 

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