New life?: ancient oaks could be encouraged to spread. Illustration: Michael Viney

Somewhere in your travels you have read a short story called The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono — or, if not, then you should have, or will do, (...)

Umbrella species: the mussels shield the future of pretty well everything else alive in our last, relatively clean rivers. Illustration: Michael Viney

The first November squalls of the new wet rain give notice of the Atlantic winter monsoon that now attends our share of climate change. The hills of t(...)

Water charge protesters gather at the GPO. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in towns, cities and villages across the country to protest over water charges today.Dublin City Centre(...)

Hazel Norton and George Heinz from Ballyfermot, Dublin, prepare for today’s anti-water charge protests today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government is bracing itself for the biggest display of public opposition to one of its policies as tens of thousands of people prepare to take(...)

Ted Cook planting Brian Boru oak with Adam O’Donovan and Tom O’Brien in August

Down towards Gougán Barra, where the remote wilds of west Cork meet the gentle slopes of the Lee valley, Ted Cook’s home seems like a relic from a (...)

Since 1994, forestry has delivered an average return of 5.65 per cent per annum.

A large holding of mature forestry has come on the market through agent DTZ Sherry FitzGerald for €1.85 million.The substantial plantation – extendin(...)

Ireland is on its way to meeting its renewable electricity target. However, chances of reaching the goal for transport and heat are not looking so good. Photographs: David O’Brien, Thinkstock

Many bioenergy researchers around Ireland have had to become policy experts as they attempt to navigate the complex world of regulation and legisla(...)

Hen harrier Circus cyaneus, adult female in flight, carrying heather twigs to the nest.

A wind farm which is allegedly a threat to the habitat of the hen harrier on the slopes of Keeper Hill in Co Tipperary is facing a major legal challen(...)

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for a giant €80 million wind farm near the Co Tipperary village of Upperchurch in spite of widespread local opposition

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for a giant €80 million wind farm near the Co Tipperary village of Upperchurch in spite of widespread local o(...)

 Bord na Mona CEO Gabriel D’Arcy (left) and chairman John Horgan at the release of the annual report. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bord na Móna, which yesterday announced a tripling of its annual profits, expressed its “frustration” over perceived delays from Irish Water in assess(...)