Category Climate change

Deadlock at COP – Can the Chilean President Deliver Progress on Key Issues?

A third update from Madrid by John Sweeney, Maynooth University’s Emeritus Professor of Geography. There are many contradictions at COP25 here in Madrid. Since the meeting was originally scheduled for Santiago in Chile, the organisation of the meeting is rather as if a piece of Chile was transported to suburban Madrid. So, the main chairs […]

Waiting for Leadership and the EU’s Green New Deal

This is the second update from COP 25 in Madrid by John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor of Geography here in Maynooth. The end of the first week of most COPs is probably what is best described as ‘peak pessimism’. The public servants have laboured all week in placing square brackets in their text around possible options […]

COP25 – No Real Progress in Week 1

John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor of Geography, provides the first of his updates from COP25 in Madrid.  The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change rotates around the continents to minimise travel and thus the carbon footprint involved and was this year due to be held in the […]

New RTE Brainstorm article by Maynooth geographer

Head over to RTE’s Brainstorm pages and check out a new article written by our colleague Dr. Lisa Orme. In addition to teaching across the Geography curriculum, Lisa is part of the Irish Climate Research and Analysis Unit (ICARUS) and works on palaeoclimatology. Her research uses sedimentary archives to develop reconstructions of past storminess and […]

The Celtic Voyager, a reseearch vessel, at dock

Celtic Voyager, 5 days in the life…

A day in the life on the Celtic Voyager is not something you can describe. Changing weather requires highly adaptable plans. This is something that has been considered carefully by Dr. Kieran Craven of Maynooth University, chief scientist of the MARA 2 Project, currently underway on the Malin Shelf. The MARA 2 project uses existing […]

Maynooth Geography @ EGU 2018

In addition to the absence of folk at the American Association of Geographers this week, other Maynooth Geographers are in Vienna for the European Geosciences Union meeting. Here are the papers and posters that we are involved in. Good luck to you all Conor Murphy Session NH1.8/AS4.26 Media Extreme heat events: processes, impacts and adaptation […]

Reflections on COP23: Report 3

This is the third and final post of a series by John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS), Department of Geography, Maynooth University Negotiations are frequently a war of attrition, and previous COPs have long over run their intended closing time on the Friday of the second week. The imperative […]