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Ireland and Britain declare climate emergencies, but will it make a difference? by Rick Noack May 10,2019   |  Source: Washington Post

Ireland became the second country on Thursday to declare a climate emergency, following Britain’s lead earlier this month. The measures come amid global youth protests demanding more climate action and as researchers fear that 1 million species may be on the brink of extinction because of human activity.

In a declaration passed unanimously Thursday without a vote by the Irish Parliament, lawmakers also stressed threats to biodiversity, which researchers say have ripple effects on humans who depend on the global food chain.

Both the Irish and British declarations are largely symbolic and do not force governments to take specific actions to increase biodiversity or pursue more emissions cuts than previously planned.

Opposition Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, who supported the move, warned that “declaring an emergency means absolutely nothing unless there is action to back it up. That means the Government having to do things they don’t want to do.”

Earlier this month, British Labour Party opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn took a more positive stance and celebrated Britain’s declaration, saying: “This can set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe.”

Corbyn also lashed out at President Trump, who has withdrawn the United

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