Ictu general secretary Patricia King said Bord na Móna is determined to get all unions out of the company. Photograph: Alan Betson

Committee told of inferior employment alternatives and pension fund failings

The notice in Granard, Co Longford was brought into force on November 9th by Irish Water. Photograph: iStock

Group water schemes more likely to contaminated with E.coli bacteria in Ireland

The Hydrolight testing water for E.coli bacteria in Crosshaven, Co Cork

Rinocloud’s Hydrolight can detect even tiny single cells that should not be present

Ireland has had the lowest amount of losses of natural and semi-natural vegetation but has restored little land under this heading.

Report confirms extent to which pressure on Irish biodiversity a growing threat to species

The Government needs to provide meaningful support to Irish scientists and researchers to counter a ‘brain drain’ of talent being exacerbated by under investment in critical research, Fianna Fáil’s science spokesman has said.

FF TD says targets Government is failing to meet are not ambitious ‘by any means’

A discharge into Dublin Bay from the Poolbeg Ringsend water treatment facility in late February. Photograph: Eoin O’Shaughnessy/Dublin City Shots

Legal challenge to project likely to see additional sewage discharges into Dublin Bay

The European Investment Bank announcement it is to end funding for fossil fuel energy projects

Key elements of the new strategy will not come into effect until 2021

Clonakilty was   recognised as the first ‘Cool Community’ in Ireland. Pictured are Jerry O’Leary, Vicky Brown of Cool Planet Experience and Orla O’Donovan, Chair of Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce.

Town has increased vegetarian options, installed electric car charge points and keep cup scheme

Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghaíl TD, and RTE Director General RTE Dee Forbes with young people  taking  part in a one-day aYouth Assembly on Climate at Leinster House.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Older politicians bear brunt of blame as young activists take over Oireachtas chamber

The EPA auditor’s findings have been forwarded to Irish Water and Fingal County Council, which runs the plant on behalf of the utility. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Audit conducted last week after boil water notice issued to 600,000 people

Shannonbridge power station is the close. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Workers losing jobs at Bord na Móna and ESB power plants are not being offered pathway to future, Dáil committee told

The Large Hadron Collider. Photograph: Cern/PA Wire

Membership of organisation is critical to becoming ‘a global innovation leader’

Poolbeg Ringsend water treatment facility in February. Photograph:  Eoin O’Shaughnessy/Dublin City Shots

Analysis: Clonshaugh treatment facility will ease pressure on Ringsend, but more capacity will be needed

The proposed Bill adds  requirements and restrictions that will make it much harder for citizens and environmental NGOs to achieve the necessary “standing” to take cases. Photograph: Getty Images

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy reveals planning changes in email to Oireachtas committee

Poolbeg Ringsend water treatment facility was built for a capacity of 1.64 million people but it has to cope with demand that can reach 2.3 million. Photograph: Eoin O’Shaughnessy / Dublin City Shots

Irish Water ‘too slow’ to fix deficiencies in waste treatment

Gerald Fleming has been giving talks about climate disruption since the mid-1980s. Photograph: Midas Productions

Review: Will Ireland Survive 2050? RTÉ documentary shows how destabilised Ireland will become

A survey on attitudes to climate change indicates a marked shift among the Irish public in recognising what they need to do to help decarbonise Ireland.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A third willing to eat less meat; 47% willing to plant a tree to make positive impact

Shannonbridge power station. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Denis Naughten says consideration should be given to running plants on biofuels

An interpretation of O’Connell Street, Dublin, overwhelmed by  flooding due to rising sea levels. Graphic: Eddie Sheanon/Midas Productions

Weather expert Gerald Fleming flags examples that may derail State before 2050

Shannonbridge power station. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Delegation to Longford and Offaly will meet workers and visit bogs set for restoration

Participants at the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition at the RDS review their work

Entries selected come from 244 schools across 31 counties

Dublin City Council said ‘adding any more vehicles in the bus lanes would not facilitate public transport and bus operations’. File image:  Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘The bus lanes are currently at capacity,’ local authority says

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (second left) with Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy (left), Minister for Climate Action & Environment Richard Bruton and Minister for Health Simon Harris (right), at the  Botanic Gardens, Dublin, for the launch of the First Progress Report on the Climate Action Plan. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Penalties will apply where departments do not meet targets, including carbon reduction

Minister for Health Simon Harris, Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton at  launch of  progress report on Climate Action Plan. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Harris says climate change already causing adverse health effects on most vulnerable

 A swan on the Dodder:  WaterBlitz obtained a snapshot of the health of Ireland’s waterways.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pollution a problem as citizen scientists sample rivers, lakes and canals in WaterBlitz

The Government’s electric cars plan was criticised at a conference hosted by the Irish Bioenergy Association   on Wednesday in Dublin. Photograph:  Alexander Becher/EPA

Target to have 1 million EVs on roads by 2030 ‘near impossible to achieve’, conference told

The scenarios don’t include nuclear energy, a fuel source that continues to be hugely controversial and costly

National grid operator has outlined three potential outcomes over a 20-year period

The direction of travel will be ‘shaped by political, economic, technological and environmental changes’, according to EirGrid chief executive Mark Foley. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It’s envisaged that the grid will be able to take up to 95% renewables by 2030

Regeneration Optimized Sorbent 37, a nanomaterial generated at UL with the potential to solve global water supply issues. Photograph: Sean Curtin.

Group behind ROS-037 says it could ‘help to solve the global water crisis’

Richard Bruton: “I am determined that government, both at central and local level, will lead the way in our response to the climate challenge”

They will have to put in place process for carbon-proofing major decisions and projects, including investments in transport and en(...)

Dr Mark McCartney (centre) of Ulster University receiving the Maths Week Ireland 2019 award from Maths Week co-founders Eoin Gill and Dr Sheila Donegan.  .

‘It’s such an honour to be given this award and I’m truly grateful to everyone at Maths Week Ireland’

Aran Islands Co-op Recycling Project members pictured with (second from left) Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton

Organisation is recognised for eliminating three landfill sites and creating community recycling system over 20 years

The latest EPA figures confirm that Ireland’s carbon emissions are rising, with no indication of how the trend will be put into reverse. Photograph: Brandon Thibodeaux/New York Times

Greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland are rising and there is little evidence future targets will be hit

The Irish Concrete Federation confirms demand for aggregates in Ireland is at 12 tonnes per capita; twice the current EU 28 average. Photograph: iStock

Concrete trade body calls on Government to ensure aggregates supply is ‘sustainable’

Currently, the State has the fourth-highest per capita emissions in the EU. Photograph:  John Giles/PA Wire

State’s failure to reverse increasing CO2 emissions will do huge reputational damage

The State will face substantial recurring penalties from next year for non-compliance on emissions – likely to run to hundreds of millions of euro. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Figures show State is set to exceed emissions target by up to 6 per cent for 2018

Protestors scale a shale gas rig at Merseyside in the UK in 2011. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Controversial Shannon LNG project would facilitate importation of fracked gas from US

President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development, Gilbert Houngbo, addressing the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Kevin O’Sullivan

Failure to address hunger will also threaten good health and poverty eradication goals

Environmentalist Karin Dubsky will be the Green Party candidate in the forthcoming by-election in Wexford constituency expected in November. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Environmentalist says she would ‘use the platform to shout for biodiversity’

Owen Brodie  on his dairy farm in Cavan. He participated in the 2019 Smart Farming programme.

Environmental measures in joint EPA/IFA initiative save farmers an average of €6,300

Prof Tim McCarthy, Maynooth University with Minister for Innovation Heather Humphreys and Dr Ciarán Seoighe, SFI. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Funding to explore drone use on farms announced by Science Foundation Ireland

An Extinction Rebellion demonstration in Dublin. The Government’s climate plan is designed to ensure that Ireland reaches it 2030 carbon emissions reduction targets

‘Over €12bn is invested by the State each year. This investment can now be leveraged to focus on sustainability as a key criteria’

Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe at a special budget briefing for Maths Week with Paul Giurgi, Ellie Smith, Patrick Miaskowski, and Sasha Butala from 6th class, St Peter’s National School, Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: John Ohle Photography

Maths Week survey finds half of adults use maths actively as part of their work

The ESB has lodged a planning application for a new generator known as a ‘synchronous condenser’ at Moneypoint power station in Co Clare. Photograph: Neil Warner

State to consider extending measures offered in areas affected by exiting Bord na Móna

Doctors who gathered earlier this week to protest in support of Extinction Rebellion  in  London to highlight deaths caused by air pollution.  Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Government has yet to produce National Clean Air Strategy

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is pictured  at a conference on Ireland’s agrifood strategy up to 2030 at the Aviva Stadium in  Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Varadkar says Mercosur trade deal bad for beef sector but beneficial for dairy, drinks

A desire among millennials to know  the origin, breed and feed involved in producing the beef they eat was  leading to growth ‘on the premium side’ of the meat market. File image: Kristina Barker/The New York Times.

Conference told meat alternatives expected to make up 60% of meat market by 2040

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivers his address on Ireland’s Agri-Food Strategy to 2030 at the Aviva stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘There is still more time,’ Varadkar tells conference

RIA president Prof Peter Kennedy, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue and artist Emma Ray at the unveiling of the Hamilton artwork. Photograph: Peter Gallagher/Twitter.

William Rowan Hamilton scratched his equation on north Dublin bridge in 1843

 FoodCloud co-founders Iseult Ward (left) and Aoibheann O’Brien at the FoodCloud Hub in Tallaght, Dublin 24. File photograph

Foodcloud call on Irish manufacturers to become partners in donating food

A Somalian girl carries her sibling at the Mooro Hagar camp in  Somalia’s Bay state, an area that has been subject to extreme drought. Photograph: Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Global Hunger Index’s latest findings are ‘a terrible indictment’, Mary Robinson says

Frans Timmermans is tasked by EU Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen to develop a “European green deal” over the next five years. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie LeCocq

Ambition to reach ‘net-zero’ by 2050 is being resisted by a small number of countries

 Teagasc director Prof Gerry Boyle and  Teagasc chairman Liam Herlihy at the launch of the Teagasc annual report and accounts for 2018. Photograph: John Ohle Photography

Agri-food advisory body to train farmers on how to use technology to cut emissions

The after-effects of ectocarpus –  a brown-coloured opportunist algae – in Dublin Bay at Booterstown which is killing seagrass

‘We are seeing climate change on the ground. It’s happening now,’ warns group director

A gas flare at a fracking site near Mentone in Texas. Photograph: Bronte Wittpenn/Bloomberg

Fracked gas has greater emissions footprint than coal, Oireachtas committee hears

Protesters perform a ‘fashion show’ outside Penneys on O’Connell Street in Dublin during an Extinction Rebellion demonstration. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Group aimed to highlight the climate impact of ‘fast fashion’ on third day of protests

Ireland will not ‘move the dial on climate breakdown’ unless there are major changes to transport, farming and forestry, said Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Green Party accuses Government of ‘treading water’ with ‘status-quo’ budget

The Midlands is facing into ’a cliff edge situation’ due to Ireland getting out of peat production and the use of the fuel in power generation, Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton has acknowledged. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Funding announced to support retraining of workers affected by decarbonisation moves

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s budget speech is broadcast on multiple televisions at Harvey Norman Airside Retail Park. Photograph: Alan Betson

Donohoe announces carbon tax rise and €1.2bn package to tackle no-deal scenario

Supernova SN 2018gv, the bright blue point source in the bottom right of the galaxy pictured.

Astrophysicists from Trinity and QUB part of international discovery team

Extinction Rebellion launches ‘Rebellion Week’ with in Dublin city centre on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw: The Irish Times

Climate change group says it will bring ‘society to a standstill’ in further actions

‘There is growing public acceptance of the need for more radical measures on the road to decarbonisation’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Analysis: The increase of €6 per tonne risks being ineffective or counterproductive

Extinction Rebellion activists outside  the Treasury building in London last week. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images

Environmentalist group emboldened by previous non-violent direct actions

Technical Director at iDonate in Co Galway, Alan Coyne, who designed the eSign process which has been approved by  Revenue

Digitisation of tax relief will enable charities to easily access up to 45% more on donations

Ganaa Devee, a surfer from Mongolia, watches the waves at Lahinch in Co Clare on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Analysis: Better to be overprepared and wrong than underprepared and wrong

Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg (centre) has led the drive for environmental activism among young people. Photograph: AP/Susan Walsh

The biggest challenge in reducing waste and increasing recycling is to change human behaviour

Plastic bottles currently have a good market, while tops, tubs and trays are a little more difficult to trade. Photograph: iStock

With waste company Panda set to open a plastic recycling facility, Des Crinion, manager of its recycling division, talks about the(...)

Water emissions from the Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen-powered car. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Role of hydrogen in decarbonisation likely to see it increasingly used over coming decade

 Kerry fishermen looking  out to  sea during Storm Ophelia.  The storm brought record waves of “a non-standard height”. Photograph: Stephen Kelleghan

‘Storms will track this direction more often, and we need to start planning now. Our coastal areas are at substantial risk’

Richard Bruton: he said  three-quarters of electricity would be suppled in the years ahead by renewables, but gas would be needed “when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine”

Independent experts say gas will be a key part of the State’s energy supply for the next 30 years

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton: ‘The reality is living will be different if we want to achieve what we are setting out.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

Richard Bruton insists Government’s plan will ensure 2030 commitments will be met

At 11 per cent (770,000 hectares), Ireland has one of the lowest levels of forest cover in Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move would have far-reaching consequences for State-owned Coillte and Bord na Móna

One of a series of posters issued to coincide with Maths Week 2019. Available to download at mathsweek.ie

More than 125,000 young people have registered online to attend events

 A meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group on Hurricane Lorenzo  took place on Tuesday in Agriculture House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Lorenzo is latest Atlantic storm to reach Category 5 status following Dorian in August

Wind turbines in the Irish Sea. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Minister says 3.5 gigawatts of power would come from offshore wind in coming decade

Friends of the Irish Environment director Tony Lowes (front) and colleagues pictured on Friday morning outside the Four Courts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Shannon development designed to process gas extracted through fracking challenged

Dr Debra Roberts,  chairwoman of one of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working groups  said there’s no replacement for ‘bold, ambitious mitigation’ against climate change. Photograph: Getty Images

Reducing emissions sharply will mean challenging but more manageable consequences

Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan said the report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms irreversible damage is already being done to marine environments and ice sheets.

‘Ireland has received bailout from oceans up to now, but now comes the payback’

The UN report predicts record losses of polar sea ice.  Photograph: Chris Larsen/ NASA/AFP/Getty Images

IPCC predicts increased deadly heatwaves and losses of sea ice

Greta Thunberg and 15 other children have filed a complaint with the UN alleging five of the world’s major economies have violated their human rights. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty

Secretary general welcomes 77 countries’ commitments to net-zero emissions by 2050

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York on Monday. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Government plan to ringfence carbon tax revenues to fund climate actions is welcome

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar at the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York: “By 2030, we will have prohibited the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles.” Photograph: Justin Lane

UN Climate Summit hears State plans for carbon-free economy, electric cars and forests

 The opening of the special United Nations climate summit in New York attended by more that 100 global leaders. photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Secretary-general expects ‘very meaningful’ climate commitments to be nailed down

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (16) speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

The teenage climate activist was no longer cold and clinical, but seething with anger

Mary Robinson: Continuing rises in global emissions means widespread subsidies for fossil fuels ‘must stop’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Large energy firms will have to be brought to heel by ‘litigation or actions by shareholders’ says former president in New York

The world is losing a race against climate change but young people have brought about a welcome change in momentum, the United Nations general secretary Antonio Guterres declared at the UN’s first youth climate summit. Photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images

UN chief says young people have brought welcome momentum ahead of climate summit

 The latest scientific evidence suggests the worst predicted effects of global heating are happening quicker than anticipated. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

Evidence suggests the worst predicted effects of global heating are happening quicker than anticipated

Irish delegates at the UN Youth Climate Summit in New York Jack O’Connor and Valerie Molay.  Photograph: Kevin O’Sullivan

Global response ‘still too slow’ given what’s facing planet, says climate ambassador

Too late? A protester on a rally against climate change inaction in Manhattan, on Friday. Photograph: Brittainy Newman/ New York Times

Political headwinds against radical change, especially from the US, may frustrate agenda

Students take to the streets during for the Global Climate Strike in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Thousands protest in Dublin and countrywide urging Government response

Teen activist Greta Thunberg walks at the Global Climate Strike march on Friday in New York City. Photograph: Getty Images

Activist Greta Thunberg joins demonstration as crowds bring New York to standstill

Climate activist Greta Thunberg outside the US Supreme Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Greta Thunberg will lead biggest march in New York after making impact in Congress

Students on the March for Climate Change in March. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Ten rallies are being held in Irish towns and cities in support of School Strikes for Climate

President Michael D Higgins with  Irish Times Environment and Science Editor  Kevin O’Sullivan. Mr Higgins said humans were threatening the future of the planet, driven  by greed, capitalism and an acceptance of inequality

‘You go to the UN to offer some very much necessary but perhaps for many unpalatable truths ’

Applying a specific levy on single-use plastics is being considered. Photograph: iStock

Bruton to announce plans to cut landfill disposal by 60% and food waste by 50%

The issue has encroached on public consciousness on a global scale fuelled by ‘the Thunberg effect’. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP Photo

A huge protest will precede the upcoming UN Climate Summit. Can it effect change?

President Michael D Higgins: Said remarks he had made at a military award ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin had been simply expressed and he believed a genuine will exists ‘to get it all fixed’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Tánaiste indicates no ‘huge concerns’ about President’s backing for improved money

Historian Catherine Corless holds a list of names of missing children from the mother-and-baby home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam. File photograph:  Reuters

UCD-TCD team urge deployment of more advanced techlology to analyse degraded DNA

Report showed continuing progress in reducing the number of drinking water schemes on the EPA’s remedial action list. Photograph: iStock

EPA recognised company’s improvements and progress on priority issues

Cryptosporidium was detected in 25 public water supplies in 2018, up from 17 in 2017 and 12 in 2016. Photograph: iStock

Overall water quality is high but report finds inadequate processes to treat parasite

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