Mary Robinson: ‘Transformative leadership from all levels of community, business and politics can drive world leaders to commit to brave and ambitious actions.’  Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

The latest UN scientific report provided “further irrefutable evidence that climate change challenges our very existence”, said Minister for the Envi(...)

Mairéad McGuinness: “Farmers are more than the custodians of the land. You are the managers of nature.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Farming lobbyists and Government should not pretend Ireland is trying to feed the world, a conference for young farmers has been told. “The policy is(...)

New list, published by chief whip Paul Kehoe, includes several major statutory measures, including a ground-breaking gender recognition Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Seven years after first being proposed at government level, a climate change Bill moved a large step closer to becoming reality yesterday when it was(...)

Fine Gael’s Simon Harris talking to reporters outside Leinster House. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A Government member of the Public Accounts Committee has said that legitimate issues have been raised by the disclosure that a former board mem(...)

The British government last month gave the go-ahead for an EDF-led consortium to build a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset at a cost of(...)

The report has suggested several changes and additions to the climate action legislation, which is being sponsored by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.   Photograph: Eric Luke

The independent body scrutinising Government performance in meeting climate change obligations must be as robust as the Fiscal Advisory Council, a (...)

A report on climate change by an Oireachtas Committee has made no cast-iron recommendations to Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan but does suggest a number of courses of action that might be followed. Photograph: The Irish Times

Harry McGee Political CorrespondentThe report of a parliamentary committee on a draft climate change Bill has made a number of significant suggestions(...)

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 increased by 1 per cent to 57.92 million tonnes

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions – the gases are blamed for causing climate change – rose in 2012 for the first time in six years due mainly to incr(...)

A motorist makes his way through floods in Co Kildare in 2009: the findings of the UN report could “spell chaos” for the Irish economy, says Stop Climate Chaos spokesman Oisín Coghlan.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ireland could face an influx of “climate refugees” if the rate of climate change is not checked, a coalition of non-governmental organisations has war(...)

Worked up: Met Éireann’s head of forecasting, Gerald Fleming, and the warming planet. Montage: Dearbhla Kelly/The Irish Times. Photographs: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times and Rob Atkins/Getty

Gerald Fleming is no placard-wielding radical. Met Éireann’s head of forecasting, who was famous for signing off his evening TV broadcasts with a wink(...)