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During these past months of Covid-19 Lockdown there has been a growth in media commentary about how, some day, the Irish economy and business model will return to normal, when the virus is brought under some measure of control.
THE OVER The Edge readings are back! Covid-19 has prevented the city's popular literary institution from taking place in the city library, but Digital technology is facilitating its return next month.
Has the planet declared war on humanity over the last year? It certainly seems so as we witness one destructive storm after another in Ireland, heatwaves across Europe and southern Africa, hurricanes leaving trails of destruction from the Bahamas to Mexico, wildfires from Greenland and Siberia to Australia, melting ice from Antarctica to the Arctic, droughts in India, locust swarms in east Africa, increasing acidification of the oceans leading to the loss of a third of the largest structure on earth (Great Barrier Reef), city dwellers dying from poisonous air, flooding at crisis levels on every continent, soils becoming less fertile, and birds disappearing from the skies, insects from the fields and fish from the oceans.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was an American writer, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. Among many achievements, he is credited with the saying “travel broadens the mind”. But something we have learned in recent weeks during this Covid-19 ‘lock in’ is that sometimes staying at home can do that too, or at least it can help refocus the mind.
NUI Galway’s Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS) has launched a new app to provide real-time forecasting data on atmospheric composition. The app, called StreamAIR, will shine a light on the key drivers of climate change and air pollution and build on its internationally recognised Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station.
After an extensive period of storms and flooding, the changing pattern of Ireland’s weather is become ever more evident and ever more understood as the effects of climate change on our country.
It is often said that the environment suffers in Ireland, and indeed on the planet, because of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. In order to be able to concentrate on things outside of keeping us alive, we need to feel well fed, healthy, and have a roof over our heads.
The UN says we only have 10 years to avert catastrophic climate change. That is being driven by our C02 emissions, so we have to reduce those emissions as quickly as possible. The question is – how do we do that in Galway?
A contract has been signed between the Marine Institute and Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon Vigo S.A. for the construction of Ireland’s new Galway-based state-of-the-art marine research vessel, following the completion of the design of the vessel by Skipsteknisk AS of Norway.
Founded in 2002, Zikomo is a Galway-based charity that is making a significant impact in tackling poverty and hardship in groups ofrural communities in Malawi, a small landlocked country located in Southern Africa.