- 15 Nov 2017
Dealing with climate change is hard, pretending it isn’t makes it harder. Ireland must take its environmental commitments seriously.
ERI researchers Prof Jerry Murphy, Prof John Morrissey, Dr Niall O’Leary and Dr Eoin Flynn will be speaking on the theme of Science for Sustainability in a series of open lectures to be held in the Vision Centre at St. Peters, North Main St. Cork.
For many observers, water could replace oil as the 21st century’s most essential and contested natural resource.
The UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre at UCC has attracted students from 12 countries for its new Postgraduate Diploma in Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment.
Last week saw the launch of new research projects funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s Investigators Programme awards. This year, the awards include two projects co-funded by SFI, Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) and the Marine Institute (MI) including one led by Prof. Andy Wheeler.
UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre released a new promotional video for the 3rd United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 3) 4 - 6 December, Nairobi, Kenya.
The International Association for Plant Biotechnology Congress, organised by BEES academics, will take place in in Ireland for the first time in 2018 and attract over 1,000 scientists.
The ERI’s Eamonn Mulholland was co-authors on a recent International Energy Agency report on “The Future of Trucks - Implications for Energy and the Environment”.
Dr Áine Ryall (School of Law/ERI) and Dr Margaret Desmond (MaREI/ERI) have been appointed to the Citizens’ Assembly Expert Advisory Group for the topic “How the State Can Make Ireland a Leader in Tackling Climate Change”.
The SFI MaREI/ERI Centre “Our 2050 – Mid Project Event” will be taking place on Thursday, June 22nd at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland offices located in Wilton House, Wilton Place in Dublin.
The 6th Annual ESRI-MaREI-UCC Seminar on Energy Policy Research will take place on Tuesday, May 23rd at The Economic and Social Research Institute offices in Dublin.
The largest bony fish in the world, the ocean sunfish, has been found to occur in Irish waters year round and in much higher numbers than previously thought
Professor John Fitzgerald, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council will present on the “Climate Change Advisory Council – ongoing work and recent findings” at the Environmental Research Institute, Seminar Room 1.28 on Tuesday, February 14th from 13:00 – 14:00 p.m.
Green Gas is a form of energy derived primarily from biomass; biological material that includes energy crops (such as wood, grasses, and seaweed), animal slurries, and municipal wastes, as well as from non-biological origins such as electricity.
Organised by UCC Climate CoLab at the Environmental Research Institute together with Sustainable Nation, the one day workshop will walk you through all the steps in developing your idea or business further.
More than 50 European scientists from 10 countries met in Paris last month for the kick-off meeting of the EUROCHAMP-2020 research infrastructure project.
MaREI/ERI will lead a €10.5m EU project to accelerate offshore renewable energy technology and infrastructure.
Professor Tony Lewis was awarded the Chevalier des Palmes Académiques for distinguished academics from the French Ambassador on February 2nd at a ceremony in Dublin.
MaREI Director Professor Jerry Murphy based in the Environmental Research Institute in UCC was ranked amongst the most cited researchers worldwide according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2016 by Elsevier.
Welcome to the first edition of the UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre (CDC) Newsletter.
New publication on Marine Spatial Planning for enhanced fisheries & aquaculture sustainability in the Near East.
On Saturday the 10th of December there was a small gathering at Enterprise House to mark the launch of the 4th edition of Irish Wild Mammals A Guide to the Literature by Pat Smiddy and Paddy Sleeman.
UCC’s Dr Maria McNamara is one of 12 female academic leaders whose portraits will be the first to hang on the walls of the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.
A number of non-governmental organisations visited UCC's Environmental Research Institute recently for a stakeholder engagement event on climate change with the SFI MaREI Centre’s Energy Policy and Modelling Group.
Debbie Chapman and Stuart Warner of the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, with the rest of the GEMS/Water international team hosted a workshop at United Nations Offices Nairobi (UNON).
A complete and rapid transition of our energy system from fossil fuels to renewables is needed if we are to avoid dangerous global warming of 2 degC and achieve a reduction of 80-95% greenhouse gases by 2050.
The majority of salmon consumed worldwide is sourced from salmon farms. However farmed salmon escapes frequently occur and the farmed salmon can interbreed with wild salmon potentially reducing the fitness of native populations and their long-term ability to survive.
After 24 hours of continuous work, a team who developed a new solution to the problem of food waste in hotels took the gong at the 24-hour hackathon (Climathon) which took place at the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) on Friday, October 28th.
The School of BEES lecturer has been honoured in the UCC Staff Recognition Awards 2016
Dr Paul Deane (ERI, MaREI & School of Engineering) was recently invited to Cuba to share Ireland’s story of energy transition and how researchers at the Institute are assisting the Irish government in planning Ireland’s energy future.
Xiufeng Yue has been named UCC’s top Masters graduate in Sustainable Energy by EirGrid.
Eamonn Mullholland, a PhD student supervised by Brian Ó Gallachóir and Fionn Rogan, recently won a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to University of California, Davis. Eamonn Mulholland is an Energy Engineer currently undertaking a PhD in energy modelling of the transport sector in the ERI/School of Engineering.
Fiona Edwards Murphy has been awarded a 2016 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, which aims to promote young women who excel in the fields of computer science and technology
Ireland’s first Minister for Climate Action, Denis Naughten TD, opened the 2016 International Energy Conference at University College Cork on June 1st, 2016.
The MARIBE project will host a two-day advisory event in Brussels on June 15th and 16th. MARIBE aims to unlock the potential of multi-use of space in the offshore economy.
May 27th 2016, Dr Debbie Chapman and Mr Stuart Warner from UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, hosted by the ERI and The School of BEES in UCC, met with Mary Robinson at UNEA 2 in Nairobi to brief her on the role of UNEP GEMS/Water in the Sustainable Development Goal for water.
The Environmental Protection Agency launched the publication of Guidelines for Planning for Climate Change adaptation for Local Authorities on May 26th.
A seminar by Dr Enda McGovern on “The Narrative with Climate Change Scientists: Why Are the Public So Sceptical and How Can They Be Persuaded?” will be held in the ERI Lee Road Building, Cork City at 3 PM on Wednesday, May 18th.
Two PhD students from UCC, Karen Acheson (Physics Department /ERI), and Paul Buckley (Chemistry Department/ERI), recently participated in an International Spring School hosted by the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies in Kyoto University.
The best oral presentation and best poster presentation at the recent ENVIRON 2016 conference were both won by PhD researchers based within ERI Research Centres.
MAREI and NTR Foundation Collaborate on A Fully Integrated 'Low Carbon Future’ Research Programme for Ireland.
The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) have been invited to become a member of the international Climate Technology Centre Network (CTCN). The CTCN is hosted by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
In association with Engineers Ireland and UCC, Professor Brian O’Gallachoir ERI, will present insights from the EPA/SEAI funded Irish TIMES Integrated Energy Systems Modelling project on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in Room G.02, Ground Floor, Western Gateway Building, Western Road (and broadcast live to the Lecture Theatre in 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4).
The second talk in the 2016 Quercus Lecture Series will take place on Monday, 25th January 2016 at 6pm in G02 Kane building, and is by Professor Jerry Murphy, ERI/MaREI/Civil Engineering on "Green Gas: A solution to waste treatment, a provider of renewable energy and a facilitator of intermittent renewable electricity"
New research by Dr Tom McDermott of the School of Economics and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at UCC, with colleagues from the London School of Economics and Oxford University, has examined the exposure to urban flooding worldwide and whether urban populations respond to large floods by moving to safer areas.
The COP21 summit offers a truly historic opportunity for a global energy revolution. Recent evidence of changes happening on the ground around the world is striking. In the year 2014, energy related greenhouse gas emissions did not increase, despite a 3% growth in economic activity.
Researchers at the MaREI Centre, hosted within the Environmental Research Institute, are currently carrying out a series of Regional Climate Adaptation Seminars in partnership with the EPA and DECLG. Due to our long history of greenhouse gas emissions, the impacts of climate change are already happening and are expected to continue and intensify into the future.
Is climate change affecting the rhythms of nature? Dr Tom Reed (School of BEES, AFDC) and his colleagues have attempted to answer this question in a publication in a recent special issue of Science (Oceans of Change) which looks at the effect of climate change on the oceans.
Prof. Iain Stewart will present an interesting and informative talk at UCC (Wed 11th November) based on his work popularising geoscience.
Áine Ryall, School of Law, has been appointed Vice-Chair of the An Bord Pleanála Review Group.
A delegation from the prestigious Zhejiang University, which included their Vice President and Director of the Institute for Thermal Energy, visited MaREI’s new headquarters at the Beaufort Building and the Environmental Research Institute before signing a Memorandum of Understanding with UCC President Michael Murphy and the Vice Director of MaREI Prof Jerry D Murphy on July 22nd 2015.
University College Cork’s (UCC), Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, will officially open on the 11th July 2015 representing an investment of €15.2 million from the Irish State and private investment.
An international team of scientists led by Prof. Andy Wheeler of BEES, University College Cork have recently discovered a new cold-water coral habitat in Irish waters possibly doubling the amount of cold-water corals previously thought to exist in Irish waters, while on the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer during the QuERCi survey.
Professor Brian Ó Gallachóir of UCC’s Environmental Research Institute presented a copy of a recently published book at The 19th Annual Energy Ireland Conference which took place on 17th & 18th June in Croke Park, Dublin.
Mr Joseph Curtin (Dept of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems/ERI) has been appointed to the new National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change which has been tasked with overseeing Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy.
Did you know that Ireland once had a totally separate ecosystem, on a long vanished peninsula off the south coast, with its very own nature and wildlife?
Kevin Leahy, a PhD student in UCC’s Intelligent Efficiency Research Group, has won a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. The scholarship will enable him to conduct research on wind turbine performance in UC Berkeley, California for 12 months.
The Environmental Research Institute, UCC and the Economics and Social Research Institute (ESRI) will hold a multidisciplinary research workshop on June 9th in Dublin focusing on recent work by researchers at the ERI and ESRI on a range of current energy policy issues.
On 17th April 2015, the Ireland-Japan International Energy Modelling Workshop was hosted by the University of Tokyo with visiting guests from University College Cork.
Professor of Geology at BEES, UCC presented a special gift to the Prince of Wales.
Greg Beechinor, a PhD student in School of BEES/ERI, won the prize for Best Water Related Presentation at the 25th Irish Environmental Researcher’s Colloquium (ENVIRON 2015) which took place in the Sligo Institute of Technology.
The Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork in association with UCC’s Energy Policy and Modelling Group, will host a lecture by Dr Christophe McGlade on the topic of “Unburnable Carbon: Which fuels must remain unburned to limit global warming” on May 6th in the Western Gateway Building (6:00 - 7:30 PM).
Dr Paul Deane recently gave a TEDx talk at TEDx Clonakilty, Cork on “Rethinking Climate Change”. In his talk Dr Deane suggests that we should approach climate change as an opportunity for Ireland and suggests practical ways that we address climate change from a community and national perspective.
The Environmental Research Institute, UCC is pleased to announce that it will host a webcasting of the Environmental Protection Agency Climate Lecture on Wednesday, March 11th in University College Cork.
Prof Jerry Murphy's research on generating biofuels from excess wind energy featured in an Irish Times review on the future of energy in Ireland on February 24th. The article examines what will Ireland’s energy mix look like in 2050. Wind energy is likely to be a key part of the energy mix but its intermittancy remains an issue.
A major celebration of Ireland's ocean wealth will take place in Cork harbour this summer. A two day event, 10th and 11th July, is planned for Ringaskiddy and Haulbowline in association with IMERC and with support from Beaufort, UCC, the National Maritime College of Ireland, the Naval Service and the Marine Institute.
Ireland has the potential to become the focal point of the international marine renewable energy sector, which could be worth up to €9 billion by 2030, said Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White.
Dr Paul Deane (ERI/School of Engineering) contributed to a special report on Wind Power in Ireland in the Irish Examiner on Monday, February 2nd
A Green Gas research day will be held in the ERI Building on Thursday 5th February,9.00 to 13.00 (hosted by Prof Jerry Murphy). The seminars will include for fourteen 10 minute presentations that describe routes and technologies that can lead to 100% green gas in gas grids.
A webcast of the Engineers Ireland Energy & Environment evening lecture on a “A New Wholesale electricity market for Ireland” will take place at the Environmental Research Institute on Wednesday, 4th February at 18.30. The lecture will be given by Laura Brien of CER and Brendan O’Sullivan of EirGrid.
Mairead Rushe will give a guest lecture on “RFID and SCM in the Shipping Industry” as part of the Information Technology in Architecture Engineering and Construction seminar series on January 28th in CEE Building (G9)at 15.00.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has elected Prof Murphy as Leader of The International Energy Agency Task 37 “Energy from Biogas” for the trimester 2016 - 2018.
The Environmental Research Institute, UCC is pleased to announce that it will host a webcasting of the Environmental Protection Agency Climate Lecture Series this Autumn.
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The Environmental Research Institute, UCC will continue in its series of webcasts of the Environmental Protection Agency Climate Lectures on November 5th