Air pollution is the worst type of fatal pollution, linked to 6.5 million deaths in 2015, according to a global investigation  published in The Lancet.  File photograph: Getty Images

‘Lancet’ findings: Most detailed review of pollution impact on global health ever compiled

The humble household stove could be responsible for serious levels of air pollution in Ireland, depending on what fuels are going into it. File photograph: Getty Images

Such fuels promoted as ‘low-carbon’ but are devastating in terms of air pollution – expert

Fifth-year students from Tallaght Community School preparing for their first contact with  the International Space Station. Photograph: Colin O’Riordan/’Irish Independent’

Tallaght school has ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to contact International Space Station

 Irish mathematician, research meteorologist, academic and Irish Times columnist, Dr Peter Lynch has been honoured as this year’s recipient of the Maths Week Ireland Award for his contribution to raising public awareness of maths, pictured receiving his award from Sheila Donegan of Maths Week Ireland.

Mathematician, meteorologist and ‘Irish Times’ columnist praised for work

  Irish Water managing director Jerry Grant   at the National Emergency Co-ordination Centre on Tuesday: he acknowledged there was “a very significant water deficit across the south of the country”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

ESB works to restore power at 30 wastewater plants and sewage pumping stations

An aircraft flies past buildings in the Canary Wharf district of London as Saharan dust carried by  Ophelia filters sunlight. Photograph: REUTERS/Tom Jacobs

Ophelia leaves stamp on skyline after creating giant sunlight filter in upper atmosphere

A man uses a chainsaw to to cut up a fallen tree on a road to  Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

How prepared are we for events like Monday’s storm?

A visualisation of the path of Storm Ophelia as it was expected to hit Ireland, from the Earthwindmap website

Climate change didn’t cause the storm, but may have helped it travel further north

An artist’s rendering of the merger of two neutron stars.  Image: Robin Dienel/The Carnegie Institution for Science via The New York Times

Irish scientists contribute to research on event that ‘opened new window to the Universe’

Movement Strategies is a world-leading consultancy in London that analyses the movements of people.  Photograph: Getty Images

Aoife Hunt uses maths to work out ways to evacuate buildings safely in emergencies

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten insisted: ‘This is a fair deal for Ireland and a good day for climate.’ File image: Reuters/Yves Herman

Government accused by campaigners of playing ‘very negative role’ in negotiations

Prof Marc de Smet: “We anticipate that procedures currently off-limits will now be feasible, such as facilitating the delivery of gene therapy to the retina.” Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Key advantage is a high level of precision for very delicate surgery, conference is told

Europe’s commitment to the Paris accord on climate change reaches a critical point on Friday with negotiations between member states on the EU’s ‘cornerstone measures’

Government accused of using loopholes to reduce its commitment to curbing carbon emissions

Displaced people wait for rations in Bria, Central African Republic. About half the country’s 4.6 million citizens are undernourished. Photograph: Cassandra Vinograd/Washington Post/Getty Images

Nearly half of countries in Global Hunger Index at ‘alarming’ or ‘serious’ levels

“We expected to at least see some moves toward disincentivising diesel use given the growing body of evidence on the damaging impact of its use on our climate and health.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Environmental groups disappointed at lack of move to equalise cost of diesel and petrol

Concerns over wild salmon. File photograph of wild Atlantic salmon. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Three of the 65 salmon found in the Delphi, Erriff, Kylemore/Dawros, Newport and Bunowen rivers were fully-grown males with the a(...)

The European Southern Observatory  provides astronomers with state-of-the-art research facilities and access to the southern sky. Photograph: Martin Bernetti

European Southern Observatory membership to boost skills in data analytics and software

A one-year change to BIK on electric vehicles is likely to have little impact:  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One-year scheme estimated to cost just €500,000 as diesel prices left untouched

Áine Lawlor with her mother Anne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Anne Lawlor set up a support group after finding little support for those with the genetic syndrome ‘q22’ and its associated schiz(...)

Research likely to open up a new front in treatment of schizophrenia

The mauve stinger: one of the two varieties of jellyfish responsible for the salmon kills.  File photograph: Franco Banfi/Getty Images

Deaths at highest level since 250,000 fish killed in Northern Ireland in 2008

IFA chairman Angus Woods and  IFA president Joe Healy during a protest outside the EU Commission in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Irish farmers dispute Mercosur claim Brazil will meet EU meat production standards

A National Biodiversity Action Plan for the period 2017-2021 was launched by Ciaran O’Keeffe, Prof Yvonne Buckley, Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys TD and Matthew Jebb at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. Photograph: Maxwells

Biodiversity expert says ‘these species are the canary in the coal mine’ for human health

Photograph: Thinkstock

Irish Cancer Society says UK study raises ‘very valid issues’

Previous research indicated autism spectrum disorder most likely develops in the womb and that a mother’s diet during pregnancy could have an influence. Photograph: Getty Images

Study finds children whose mothers took vitamins were less likely to develop autism

Saoirse Ronan featured in a Bord Bia advertising campaign for Origin Green

Irish Wildlife Trust says official certificate a marketing tactic and example of ‘greenwash’

 Mount Agung volcano is obscured by clouds. Photograph: Sonny Tumbelaka/Getty

Volcanic activity will be ‘joker in the pack’ for world climate, new study predicts

Native Irish honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera. Photograph: David Raleigh

Enough native honeybees in Ireland to help repopulate northern Europe, study finds

Ireland could become a leader in climate action, according to an energy expert. File photograph: Kamal Kishore/ Reuters

No fundamental barrier to State becoming leader in climate action, says energy expert

Smart farming involves  the use of new technologies for more environmentally-friendly practices. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

New technologies and more efficient work practices are changing how farmers operate

Harold Kingston farming in Courtmacsherry, Cork: Irish farmers are playing a leading role   in addressing the climate challenge. Photograph: Donal O’Leary

Researchers find global warming threat from farm animals 11% greater than feared

Climate science is complicated with many unknowns, especially in predicting how much the Earth will warm by over coming decades.  Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

99 citizens told that society’s engagement is critical If Ireland is to decarbonise by 2050

Flooding in Swords, Co Dublin, in October 2013: The frequency of extreme rainfall events in winter and autumn is  projected to increase by 30 per cent, according to Dr Saji Varghese of Met Éireann. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Met Éireann head of research warns Citizens’ Assembly of weather changes by mid-century

The Citizens’ Assembly is considering how the State can become a leader in tackling climate change over the  weekend.

Failure to meet global warming targets could cost State billions, Citizen’s Assembly told

Ms  Justice Mary Laffoy   said she expected there would be a thought provoking and robust discussion on how the State can become a leader in tackling climate change.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Our starting point must be that climate change is here and ... must be tackled’ - Laffoy

 Companies giving rise to persistent odour, noise or dust emissions problems are named and shamed by the EPA.

Five are in dairy sector and all will be subject to increased inspections and monitoring

Bord na Móna’s exit from peat, including making briquettes, had to be carefully planned, head of business transformation Joe Lane said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The company has been criticised for using a fuel that is expensive and ‘polluting the planet’

On the Probe trail in TCD during the 2016 staging of the event.

Analyse your digital footprint, visit the Long Room and eat a crowdsourced meal

 Smoke billows from steel slags  in Chongqing Municipality, China. Photograph:  China Photos/Getty Images

Environmental Protection Agency will oversee the research with An Taisce

 Denis Naughten: the Environmental Pillar says he has “yet to commit to enough new actions to reduce pollution”

Ireland’s leading environment groups to spell out concerns at conference in Croke Park

Many farmers,were considering whether it was worth sowing crops for 2018 such is the crisis, said the IFA. Photograph: iStock

Growers struggling to complete grain harvest due to poor weather conditions, IFA says

The new hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fuel cell vehicles may join electric cars on our roads, but costs are prohibitive for now

Coalition 2030 rally in Dublin marking the 2nd anniversary of the signing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

March held in Dublin to mark two years since signing of Sustainable Development Goals

The hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Company wants to promote need for refuelling stations as none currently exist in State

The Government has announced an investment of €43 million in 26 research projects

University of Limerick research among 26 projects sharing €43 million investment

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

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