GPs specialising in dementia will provide the online service

The smart meter: coming to a home near you

Devices will provide ‘real-time’ electricity consumption information and end meter-reading house calls

White clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) underwater on riverbed, River Leith, Cumbria, England, UK. File photograph

Large number of dead engangered species reported as biosecurity measures introduced

At the opening of the  Trinity Centre for Excellence in Ageing and Intellectual Disability, sisters Kathleen Ely and Margaret Shanahan from Thurles. Photograph: Mark Stedman

IDS-Tilda underpins Ireland’s status as world leader in intellectual disability and aging research

To achieve  2030 targets, annual emission reduction efforts will need to increase by half in the next decade, a European Court of Auditors report has found. File photograph: Getty Images

Friends of the Earth: Irish energy objective means emissions must fall 5% a year until 2050

Findings may explain why people with obesity have impaired capacity to fight disease

Majella O’Donnell at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s  breast-cancer fundraising campaign “Cups Against Cancer” on Monday

Early detection development by Irish researchers enables different strategy to be put in place

Minister for Environment Denis Naughten: consumers “must have confidence” fees for disposal of waste tyres are standardised and used for intended purpose. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister to press for introduction of scheme next month despite industry objections

Jo Handelsman (right)  in the laboratory with a graduate student: ‘Soil is probably the most critical resource right now.’ Photograph: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jo Handelsman, Obama’s former scientific adviser, says the US is running out of soil

Nasa’s Cassini above Saturn’s northern hemisphere prior to making one of its last dives.  Photograph: Nasa/PA

The probe ended its 13-year mission by tumbling towards the ringed planet on Friday

Technology expert Jonathan McCrea (left) with environmental scientist and climate change expert Dr Tara Shine and Repak chief executive Seamus Clancy (right) at a special environmental panel discussion to mark Repak’s 20th anniversary. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

‘I’m an expert. I’m a well-informed consumer. But I’m confused’ at range of plastics

Gary Askin and two other men were found unconscious with two other workers in the mushroom factory.

Gary Askin was overcome by toxic fumes at Monaghan factory

A recycling facility in Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland needs new waste management policy to cope with global recycling upheaval

Treatment plant: Irish Water says more of its customers now have a “safe, secure water supply”. Photograph: Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty

Risks from microbes or pollutants to supplies serving 700,000 people

A bathtub full of water from the tap at Sharon Gannon’s home in Cloonfad, Co Roscommon.

‘There are times when the water looks like a pint of lager’

“The overall quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high though further improvements are necessary to improve the security of supplies.”  Photograph: iStock

EPA report identifies 90 public drinking supplies in need of improvement by Irish Water

Handout satellite image issued by Nasa dated 10/09/17 of Hurricane Irma over southern Florida. Photograph: PA

Storm predicted to trigger further tornados and floods before settling over Tennessee

Tony Hennessy at home in Monaghan. Photograph: Rory Geary

Five heart patients take part in pilot study with CardioMEMS early-warning monitor

 Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar (centre right) with the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald  and  Minister for Research  John Halligan (right).

Analysis: Science Foundation Ireland director says a country’s key resource is its knowledge

Leo Varadkar said investing in leading-edge scientific and technological research was good for the Irish economy and would deliver ‘innovations which can improve our quality of life’. Photograph: Collins

Centres will be based on third level campuses will support 650 highly skilled researchers

Storm Gertrude hit Ireland in 2016. File photograph: Erick Luke/The Irish Times

New research is revealing why and how Europe is vulnerable to ‘explosive’ weather events

Recent years feature in the top 10 of wettest winters and wettest summers over three centuries. Photograph: David Sleator

Records indicate Irish winters are getting wetter but summer rainfall is decreasing

A €1 million fund to help local authorities remove the blight of dumped stockpiles, estimated to total 750,000 end-of-life tyres, was announced by Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten last month

State’s two main tyre industry bodies say lack of enforcement is main failing of scheme

 The sun rising  beyond a wind farm. The restructuring of subsidies provides for a wide range of energy sources but is “technology agnostic”, ie it does not favour one energy source over another. Photograph:  Getty Images

Government plan designed to help meet targets to reduce emissions by 2030

Dublin City Council worker Vincent Mahon:  ‘They use the laneways for taking drugs.’ Photograph: Ciarán D’Arcy

Dublin’s north inner city ranks lowest in Irish Business Against Litter survey

The River Shannon at Athlone: With only half of all Irish rivers and lakes deemed to be in a healthy state, environmental groups have called for a more robust approach to stopping water pollution and to preventing deterioration in pristine waters.

EPA report shows river locations with pure water down from 500 sites in 1980s to 21 today

The EPA Water Quality in Ireland report is the most comprehensive evaluation undertaken of all water types. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish  Times

EPA study over six years also finds significant increase in the number of fish kills

Representing the Limerick Against Pollution campaign group, Prof Paul Connett told an An Bord Pleanála oral hearing in Limerick into Irish Cement’s  proposed development there were consequences from the use of waste such as tyres in cement kilns in spite of the very high temperatures used.

Application to burn 90,000 tonnes of tyres and solvents a year unsustainable, claims expert

Irish Water said it is working to upgrade existing wastewater treatment plants and provide new facilities where necessary to meet the needs of the capital’s growing population.

Facility in north Co Dublin will store biosolids for use in soil conditioner and fertiliser

An Irish housing development showing solar panels on roofs. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Expert Joseph Curtin says ‘overdue incentives’ should apply to small producers

The white-clawed crayfish is a globally threatened species and Ireland holds one of the largest surviving populations. Photograph: Ragnar Schmuck

Outbreak in Tipperary has caused death of endangered white-clawed crayfish species

Billy Costello of Green Generation, Nurney, Co Kildare. “A RHI “will make it possible for farmers to become ‘energy farmers’, to put crops into a biogas plant”.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Food and drink giants help to drive moves to biogas and let us meet renewable energy targets

For every degree the globe warms, the atmosphere can hold 7%  more water vapour. The consequence is more rainfall.  Photograph: Getty Images

Climate experts believe global warming increased ferocity of Tuesday’s storm

Dr Gerard Clarke, APC Microbiome Institute and Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science, UCC.

Cork-based researcher predicts ‘psychobiotic revolution’ with new treatment options

A collapsed road at Quigley’s Point in Co Donegal after heavy rain left a trail of destruction. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Intensity of rainfall overwhelmed drainage systems and destroyed bridges, says Met Éireann

An ExxonMobil refinery in Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon, northwestern France, in Mary 2016. Exxon has disagreed with the researchers’ conclusion and said its statements on public policy and climate science “have always reflected the global understanding of the issue”, according to an opinion piece in the New York Times. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

Oil giant knew of human causes but chose not to inform public, Harvard researchers conclude

Each year nearly 400 Irish people are diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.

Discovery leads to clinical trial in humans with potential for new treatement

Irish Cement: says its factory in Limerick “now the only cement factory in Ireland not using alternative fuels”. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Group opposes bid to change manufacturing process due to firm’s ‘poor record’

This year’s Leaving Cert results show an increase in students securing top level marks in Stem subjects. Photograph: Getty Images

Warning comes after fall in points for third-level Stem courses, except for maths

An  approximation of how Monday’s eclipse will look from Ireland – weather permitting.

People told to be aware of potential for eye damage from staring into sun during event

Selio co-founders Colm McGarvey and Dr Garrett Ryan: based in Trinity College Dublin, their  novel medical device will transform lung biopsy procedures by eliminating collapsed lungs.

Colm McGarvey and Garrett Ryan are eliminating collapsed lung complications

The Large Hadron Collider which is located at the  European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ireland should not balk at yearly €10m fee to join Geneva physics laboratory - FG Senator

In recent days representatives of the waste recycling and paper industries in the UK have described the Chinese move as “draconian”. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 87 per cent of Europe’s plastic waste currently ends up in China

A mature male pink salmon captured in spawning condition in the River Erriff, Co Mayo.

Irish fish could be hit if non-native species introduce parasites and pathogens

Bacterial species such as E. coli (culture above) cause infections in tens of thousands of patients every year. They have developed resistance to a plethora of first-choice drugs used to treat them. File photograph: Getty Images

Molecular blueprints likely to help design drugs that don’t hurt human immune system

The alliance of environmental groups has  called for   coal-burning at Moneypoint power station to stop by 2022,  much sooner than is planned. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Environmental groups to consider how Ireland can be leader in tackling climate change

The authors suggest giving women Vitamin B3 (niacin) supplements before and during pregnancy could significantly cut the rate of miscarriages and congenital malformations globally. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Niacin typically found in meats, green vegetables and many pregnancy multivitamins

A car  trapped due to a flood at Sant Josep in Ibiza, Spain on August 10th. Dozens of people have been evacuated by sea after they got trapped in their houses due to floods caused by heavy rain. Photograph: Sergio G. Canizares/EPA

Study of 38 countries identifies four ‘hotspots’, one of which covers much of Ireland

It is estimated there are more than 750,000 tyres randomly dumped in sites around the country. Photograph: Getty Images

Denis Naughten says illegal tyre scourge on the landscape ‘needs to be met head on’

A meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly in April 2017. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Environment groups says very few individuals have submitted recommendations

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters/File Photo

Ryanair touts its green credentials but it does not accommodate carbon offsetting

Melting glaciers: a clear sign of global warming. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Long-overdue national mitigation plan is honest about challenges but set to be ineffective

The Environmental Protection Agency has for the first time publicly named the worst offenders for breaching environment al laws

Irish Cement , Tipperary Creamery Co-op among those on agency list

The  report is based on analysis of 27,600 mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and cites double-digit decreases in the populations of species such as African lion (above), which has seen a 43 per cent drop since 1993. File photograph: Reuters

Researchers predict ‘biological annihilation’ as billions of populations of animals lost in recent decades

NUI Galway physicist Dr Jessamyn Fairfield had just completed a two-week residency in the Arctic Circle when she heard of her award. Photograph: Jessamyn Fairfield

Dr Jessamyn Fairfield’s work as writer on physics for a popular audience honoured

A Volvo hybrid car connected to a charging point: Vehicle charging will have to be commercialised, the ESB has flagged. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

With Volvo to abandon fossil-fuel cars, how does Ireland rate on embracing electric cars?

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan: said Europeans want farmers to do more to protect the environment. Photograph: Romain Perrocheau/AFP/Getty Images

European Commission received more than 322,000 submissions from stakeholders

Quantum computing takes advantage of the ability of subatomic particles to exist in more than one state at any time. Image: iStock

Reputation and jobs at risk if focus remains on silicon chip as world moves to quantum computing

Prof Séamus Davis of Cornell University.

Prof Séamus Davis’s study moves science a step closer to ‘holy grail’ of quantum physics

High levels of sugar consumption during pregnancy doubled the chances of a child developing allergic asthma, according to a UK study. Photograph: iStock

Eating too much sugar in pregnancy doubles child’s asthma risk, study finds

The way forward: batteries have increased energy density by a factor of three since 2011, resulting in increased range. Photograph: David Paul Morris/ Getty Images

There is now free recharging for BEVs at 800 charging points across the country

Institute of International and European Affairs director general Barry Andrews:  “When it comes to climate change, under all Brexit scenarios the most profoundly negative consequence are not felt by the UK, but by the EU and internationally.”

Institute of International and European Affairs report shows climate damage of Brexit

Greenland sharks are the longest living vertebrates on Earth. Photograph: Julius Nielsen

The sharks, which live up to 400 years, can be found off the northern coast of Ireland

Bees and other pollinators are vital to food production but are in decline. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Pesticide makers question research results despite funding largest ever field trial

Eva McGuinness (11) from Educate Together national school, Newcastle, Co Galway, who enjoyed a day of education about asteroids with physicists from the Centre of Astronomy at NUI Galway, to mark World Asteroid Day. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

Good news this World Asteroid Day is none likely to hit our planet in next 300 to 400 years

The incinerator at Poolbeg.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Details of incidents were reported to the EPA on dates between June 1st and June 8th

 Energy strategist Kingsmill Bond of Trusted Sources UK Ltd predicted peak fossil fuel usage would be reached by 2020; far sooner than had been anticipated. Photograph: Getty Images

Dáil committee considers Bill seeking divestment of money from fossil fuel industry

The anti-fracking campaign group in jubilant mood after a Bill was passed at the Dáil banning the practice in the State. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Legislation on controversial gas extraction method a ‘boost for global climate movement’

Prof Mary Horgan, a consultant in infectious diseases at Cork University Hospital said that while the patch was at very early clinical trial stage, the big benefit would be that it is self-applied, and eliminates “needle phobia”. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

‘Painless’ plaster passes early trials as professionals aim to boost uptake of inoculation

Prof Vincent Maher is a consultant cardiologist at Tallaght hospital. “Raised cholesterol levels silently damage blood vessels on a daily basis.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tallaght consultant seeking to raise funds for centre to study and treat high cholesterol

The Maharees dune complex in  Co Kerry, which has been retreating due to  coastal erosion. Photograph: NUI Galway

Conference to hear action must move from disaster management to focus on prevention

This orange blob shows the Betelgeuse star which has a radius about  1,400 times larger than the sun’s

Irish scientist leads team using world’s largest radio telescope to take image of Betelgeuse

A spokesman for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine said that as a consequence of actions taken by veterinary inspectors, there was believed to be no danger to human health. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Donegal lamb meat infected by sarcocystosis, which can be transmitted to humans

In countering climate change, Ireland needs to make big investment decisions, which required “clarity on its energy relationship with the UK”. Photograph: Alan Betson

A fragmented energy market would increase the costs of decarbonisation for both sides

Cathal O’Donohue, who started out in 1989 when he came to Tullamore. Photograph: Conor McCabe

O’Donohue’s Bakery in Tullamore exports its frozen penny loaves to the UK

Irish beef: selling 260,000 tonnes of Irish beef into the rest of Europe will damage the EU market. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Selling meat into the United Kingdom is already a tough business. Brexit will make it tougher

Large household appliances remain a consistently high-performing category, representing 49 per cent of all WEEE collected last year.

WEEE Ireland exceeded EU recycling targets including 812 tonnes of AA batteries

Irish Water says exceptionally dry months hitting supplies

The website is designed to allow people   access the information they need before a day out at the seaside, or lakeside. Swimmers (above) enjoying the warm weather on Wednesday  afternoon on Portmarnock beach, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins.

EPA launches to allow people access information before day at seaside

Titan Themis: Prof Des Fitzgerald, president of the University of Limerick, Prof Edmond Magner of the faculty of science and engineering, and Ursel Bangert, Bernal professor of microscopy and imaging, at the new microscope

Bernal Institute’s Titan Themis to aid pharmaceutical, electronic and nuclear research

 Inadequate fire safety was identified at Priory Hall. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Motion calls for improved regulation of building standards and new legal rights for homebuyers

Luas Cross City tram testing began on Saturday and will continue in the coming weeks. The working date for opening the route to passengers is December 9th/10th. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

From mid-July, there will be testing with unoccupied trams during the day

The department insists current regulations provide guidance on external wall construction in relation to internal and external fire spread. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New requirements will also revise the guidance on timber frame construction

Police officers stand in front of the Grenfell Tower block that was destroyed by fire in north Kensington, west London. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Number of actions taken in Ireland ‘to ensure every step is being taken to protect the lives’

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with Senator Grace O’Sullivan (left) and Catherine Martin TD at the launch of A Bill to introduce a recycling deposit scheme for bottles and cans.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Green Party’s Waste Reduction Bill 2017 seeks to ban single-use, non-recyclable plastics

More power: new campaign group is advocating for Irish climate action in line with the Paris Agreement and the UN’s sustainable development goals. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Environmental group says ‘Ireland’s climate action is closer to Trump than Trudeau’

Proposals include a visual amenity setback of four times the turbine height between a wind turbine and the nearest residential property, subject to a mandatory minimum distance of 500 metres

Included is a stringent noise limit consistent with World Health Organisation standards

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten said ministers with responsibility for transport, housing and agriculture would outline their priorities in addressing climate change over coming weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government remains committed to building of North-South electricity interconnector

The Institute of Cancer Research team identified 19 new genetic changes associated with testicular cancer. Photograph: iStock

Study could lead to improved testing for most common cancer in young men in Ireland

Photograph: Getty Images

Recent research indicates pollution harms children’s ability to learn and may damage their DNA

The incinerator at Poolbeg in Ringsend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Operator promises ‘good level of transparency’ on leak that hospitalised employees

The incinerator at Poolbeg, Dublin. Eleven people were hospitalised following an incident at the incinerator. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Analysis: Hospitalisation of 11 workers adds to the pressure on the Dublin plant

Prof Mark Ferguson is the chairman of the Government’s ‘eHealth’ project. Photograph: Eric Luke

eHealth project head says new digital system will result in better outcomes for patients

There are about 100,000 microbeads in a facewash product.

Q&A: Consuming water or food containing microbeads carries a series of ‘potential risks’

Study coincides with UK engineers’ discovery of biodegradable alternative to microplastics

A total of €5.75 million was spent on Vehicle Registration Tax relief on electric cars in 2015,  considerably down on figures achieved in 2007. Photograph: Getty Images

Supports fail to boost environmentally friendly electric cars

US president Donald Trump announces withdrawal from Paris Agreement:  a major economy becomes a notorious lone denier within the international community.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Decision to quit Paris Agreement may harm the US but others are quietly forging ahead

Queen’s University Belfast:  The breakthrough is likely to improve quality of life for patients who often have to undergo aggressive treatment, according to international research led by the university

Queen’s University research shows ‘genetic signatures’ will help identify best treatments

Dr Dale Boger, of Scripps Research Institute  in La Jolla, California, said: “Doctors could use this modified form of vancomycin without fear of resistance emerging,”

Scientists find way to make vancomycin 1,000 times more potent than old drug

 Dr Eucharia Meehan: the  director of the Irish Research Council  has been appointed registrar and chief executive of Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Former head of research at HEA to lead internationally renowned research body

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