Melting ice: Dublin Climate Gathering looked for ways to become a low-carbon society. Photograph: Reuters

There were very few facts and figures about the speed of the Arctic ice cap melting, freak flooding, hurricanes and extreme heat waves at this week’s (...)

Food security is becoming more of a worry. Irish livestock had to be fed this year with French fodder, imported at enormous expense. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Shannon Hayes, an American of Irish descent, describes her younger self as “ravenously ambitious”. When she was 16, she attended high school by day an(...)

‘Ecological sustainability, social justice, family and community are the central tenets of our philosophy,” says the American author, farmer and “r(...)