Mind the environmental gaps – or we will all pay a grim price

The cost-benefit ratio of climate action versus climate change is still firmly weighed against action for many

The latest set of by the Environmental Protection Agency projections on greenhouse gas emissions predict that Ireland will achieve only a 29 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030. Picture: Sascha Steinback/EPA-EFE/Rex

The story of climate action is a story of gaps.

There is the gap between science and ambition at a global level, where national targets simply do not add up to the required emissions reductions to keep global warming at safe levels.

There is the gap between ambition and action at a national level, where our national and sectoral emissions targets have been set, but the route to achieving them has still not been fully ...