Airlines – part of the problem: One of hundreds of “agitprop” posters, part of the “Brandalism” project, put up by activists on bus shelters in Paris.

International aviation and shipping have rightly been dubbed “the elephants in the room” at COP21, and there is now a real danger they will escape yet(...)

“Tax laws in all EU countries, except the UK, currently favour diesel, thereby inadvertently promoting global warming.” Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Most European countries, Ireland included, reshaped their car tax systems around the time of the 1997 Kyoto protocol on climate change. At the time(...)

When an ash cloud occurred following an eruption of an Icelandic volcano “there was significant pressure on Irish food shelves” because of the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables

Ireland should follow the UK’s example and introduce legislation to tackle supermarkets selling vegetables for just a few cent.Policy director for an (...)

Members of environmental associations at the European Commission headquarters yesterday as the EU sets out new climate and energy goals. Photograph: Reuters

Environmentalists have reacted with dismay to the European Commission’s latest proposals on climate and energy targets for 2030, saying they represent(...)

Bord na Mona: intent on operation plant for a further 10 years. Photograph: Frank Miller

An Bord Pleanála’s decision to permit a peat and biomass- fuelled power station in Co Offaly to continue operating for another 10 years is being legal(...)

FRANK McDONALDAn Taisce has called on the Government to amend its “roadmap” for electricity generation so that it’s no longer primarily based on burni(...)

An Taisce policy director James Nix said the challenge was not about interfering with the right of the UK authorities to make their own decisions, nor about being pro or anti-nuclear. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

A decision to give permission for a new nuclear power station on the English coast facing Ireland should be quashed, the High Court in London has hear(...)

St James’s Hospital in Dublin. An Taisce says the “apparent failure” to co-locate the proposed new national children’s hospital  with a maternity hospital, as recommended in a number of expert reports, “sends alarm bells ringing”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An Taisce has called on the Government to move the site for the proposed new national children’s hospital from St James’s Hospital to land beside the (...)

Britain’s nuclear move

Britain is running out of energy – specifically, electricity generation capacity. As coal-fired power plants are closed down to avoid adding to the ca(...)

Dundrum shopping centre. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

There is no doubt that the vitality of Irish towns has been hard hit by the development of retail giants on their outskirts. With acres of free(...)