Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are now “higher than any time in the history of our species”, a science event in UCD has been told. Photograph:  Andreas Rentz/Getty Images.

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are now “higher than any time in the history of our species”, a science event in UCD has been told.(...)

Simon Coveney: has yet to approve proposal

The Ombudsman has initiated a preliminary examination of a claim that the Department of the Marine withheld scientific information from the European C(...)

A traditional leather tannery in Fez, Morocco, where hides are dyed using an environmentally-unfriendly  process. Photograph: Gavin Heller/Robert Hardy World Imagery

Anyone who has witnessed the bizarre spectacle of the medieval tanneries in Fez, with hides being sloshed around in baths of dye by half-dressed navvi(...)

Thomas Chalupa, Minister for the Environment in the Czech Republic (left) with Phil Hogan, Irish Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government during the informal meeting of Environment Ministers at Dublin Castle

Plans are under way for a leaner, greener more self-sufficient EU, but they are likely to cost more in taxes. EU environment ministers m(...)

EU environment commissioner Janez Potocnik: “One of the problems we’ve had is trying for too long to defend the undefendable.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The world will not be able to feed an extra 2 billion people by 2050 if it continues to “throw away 30 to 50 per cent of the food we produce”, (...)