The Department of Agriculture stressed  these reports “do not appear to have any immediate significance for Irish hares:.

Reports of death of large numbers of brown hares in parts of England

 Fishermen Rodney Long from Waterford and Calvin Garrihy, Killybegs, Donegal, are part of the Fishing for Litter initiative. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Fishing for Litter encourages fishermen to collect litter on a voluntary basis in Ireland

New signage at Luggala. Boleyhorrigan Bridge, overlooking Lough Tay with Luggala Mountain on the right. Photograph: The Irish Times

Trust controlling lands says gate near public road to close from 5.30pm over ‘duty of care’

Laughing all the way to the apocalypse: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Denis Naughten, who resigned as minister for climate action this week. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Kevin O'Sulivan on the climate policies we don't have and the ones we should have

So far this year, 27.5% of Irish electricity production has come from wind energy. Photograph: iStock

Growth in wind energy since 2000 has cost €1 per household per year

Children wait to receive food rations in Sana’a, Yemen. War-torn Yemen is one of six countries identified in a new report as having ‘alarming’ levels of hunger. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/ EPA

Six countries suffer from ‘alarming’ levels of hunger, according to 2018 index

The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue, has signalled an intention to put in place “a long-term trajectory for carbon tax increases out to 2030” in future budgets

Government not taking obligations to tackle climate change seriously, says advisory body

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel osaid eminds us that greenhouse gas emissions caused by industrialisation have already warmed the planet by one degree. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Measure would not have been a panacea but an important step in underlining intent

The latest UN report on climate change ‘paints in stark terms the reality of the impact of our current trajectory of global emissions,’ Denis Naughten said. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

€30bn under NDP for transition to low carbon society a step change, Minister says

Children are seen during climate march prior to the opening session of the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference 2017. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo/Reuters

Science never clearer and UN report will inform global policy for next decade

“Despite all of this unequivocal evidence supporting ambitious climate action, Ireland’s performance in meeting the goals of the Paris agreement and EU directives has been dismal”

Climate policy expert says report is unequivocal in highlighting that the world is on a very dangerous emissions pathway

Even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people, the UN climate change report has found. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

More forest fires, heat deaths and water shortages among consequences of temperature overshoot

Sales of electric vehicles including plug-in hybrids are increasing rapidly but from a low level. Photograph: Getty Images

Transport, agriculture and heating are locked into a pattern of rising emissions

Smoke billows on the horizon from coal-powered plants in Hambach, Germany. Photograph: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Landmark report predicts extreme weather, food shortages and coral die-off by 2040

The late Mary Mulvihill  often chose to feature scientists who themselves showed passion and love for their work. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Third year of awards celebrating legacy of ‘Irish Times’ science writer Mary Mulvihill

Nobel chemistry laureate: Frances Arnold’s groundbreaking work is on enzymes. Photograph: HO/Reuters

Two of 2018’s eight winning scientists are women. It’s a step in the right direction

“If emissions continue at their present rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5 degrees by around 2040.” Photograph: Getty Images

Final ‘summary for policymakers’ will be main scientific guide for combating climate change over coming years

EU environmental policy has had a global impact and enabled member states to achieve what they could not do alone, Nigel Haigh, honorary fellow of the Institute for European Environmental Policy has said. File photograph: iStock

Fear UK will use Brexit to reduce standards

 Denis Naughten: he said the Government has pledged €22bn   under the National Development Plan to tackle climate change

Environment conference hears Ireland is facing an emergency if it continued to produce waste at current levels

The Minister said a memorandum for Cabinet was being finalised. It would allow for continued use of plastic in some instances, such as medical circumstances. File photograph: The Irish Times

Ban to apply in Government departments and eventually beyond that, says Naughten

A file image from March 2018 showing the frozen sculpture fountain at the Irish Life Building in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Expect extreme weather more frequently in the future, warns agency director general

The unrelenting presence of plastic continues to mar Irish coastlines, as demonstrated during this year’s Coastwatch survey

Volunteers in Coastwatch Shore Survey say wipes appear as ‘long, grey ropes’ on shores

The report recommended  an increase wind power,  on and offshore, from an expected 5,400 megawatts (MW) in 2020 to 10,000 MW.

A report from energy and utilities analysts Baringa says target is technically possible and would be cost neutral to the consumer

An international panel of experts in perinatal care had strongly endorsed continuing funding for Infant, which employs 100 people, but following a separate review process it was decided to end the funding. File photograph: Getty Images

Decision on world-class facility ‘damaging and dreadful’ – Prof Louise Kenny

Facebook users have been warned to be vigilant after it emerged the tech giant had suffered a security breach affecting 50 million users. Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA Wire

Helen Dixon’s inquiry could expose firm to huge fines for data breaches

‘Diabetes and cancer share certain risk factors that might contribute to these associations . . . obesity, smoking and diet are examples of likely key factors.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Those with diabetes already diagnosed with cancer also face a 29 per cent higher chance of dying following a prostate cancer diagn(...)

Among the targets are achieving 32 per cent use of renewable energy sources and meeting a 32 per cent target in energy efficiency. File photograph: PA

40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions among EU energy and climate targets

Green bin for recycling household domestic waste material in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Consumer report says a new regulator should license waste firms and set prices

Adding €2 to €3 to the cost of a packet of cigarettes and ring-fencing the revenue for cancer drugs would cover the cost of new treatments, says oncologist Prof John Crown.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Oncologist says immunotherapy treatments are too dear and costs need to be reined in

Ireland’s waste collection market, where prices and service levels are set by the firms, is unlike nearly every country in the European Union, the report found.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Irish waste collection business exhibits the characteristics of ‘a natural monopoly’

Most governments have not outlined how they intend to decarbonise their economies, OECD says. Photograph: iStock

Most governments have not taken action to contain climate risks , report says

At 2400 metres above sea level in the southern part of Chile’s Atacama Desert, La Silla was ESO’s first observation site. Photograph: European Southern Observatory

Astronomers in Ireland will access the world’s most advanced ground-based telescopes

Some of the winners of the Bridge Network Invention of the Year Awards: Prof Cian Ó Mathúna; Dr Kieran Meade and Aleksandra Augustyniak. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Smartphone battery, imaging, babies’ vaccine and skin-ageing among latest strides

Irish Water has lifted all remaining water conservation orders that were in place around the country. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Severe drought in June and July led to measure being introduced to protect supplies

The Coalition 2030 group on O’Connell Street during a rally to mark the third anniversary of the adoption of the UN sustainable development goals. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Coalition 2030 group says advances on development must not make inequality worse

British-Lebanese mathematician Michael Atiyah giving a lecture on the Riemann hypothesis on Monday at the Heidelberg Laureates Forum in Germany. Screengrab: YouTube

Michael Atiyah (90) presents ‘simple proof’ of Reimann hypothesis in Germany lecture

Department ordered to reconsider the application in a High Court ruling by Ms Justice Mary Faherty. Photograph: Eric Luke

Historic move follows an Access to Information on the Environment request made by campaign group Right to Know regarding discussio(...)

“Drug treatment is indicated for those with proven disease or at high risk of developing disease when diet and lifestyle interventions don’t sufficiently reduce LDL levels,” Prof Vincent Maher  explains. Photograph: Getty Images

International expert bodies recommend lifestyle/dietary intervention and surveillance

Prof Vincent Maher in the cardiology unit of Tallaght Hospital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Abnormalities in cholesterol levels are proven to cause cardiovascular disease

Biomethane generates 8 per cent of the EU’s total renewable energy sources and accounts for 4 per cent of all gas use, the conference heard. Photograph: iStock

Biomethane conference in Dublin told Republic generates ‘a hell of a lot of manures’

The report shows 87,000 tonnes of non-recyclable content is ending up in recycling bins every year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Repak calls on Government to establish a plastics working group to oversee transition

The sea pounds small boats in the harbour at Portstewart, Co Derry, as Storm Ali sweeps through the Causeway coast on Wednesday. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

More winds coming from the east are the cause of extensive tree loss, says expert

The use of surgical mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence has been banned or restricted in many countries. Photograph: iStock

Better evaluation needed of use in operations involving pelvic region organs, review says

Anna Fleck and her brother Adrian Fleck, from Germany, with their project at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, at the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

EU Contest for Young Scientists: How a liquid starch material can give tough results

Simon Meehan from Ballincollig, Cork, participating in  the European Union Contest for Young Scientists at the RDS, speaking with President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Contributions critical to advancing Paris Agreement, Higgins tells EU contest in RDS

Slovakian scientists Maria Babincakova, Filip Kucerak, Anna Mojzisova and Janka Motesicka at the set up of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Some the world’s brightest young minds descend on Dublin to showcase their projects

Sleep apnoea and snoring were once thought to be “disorders of middle-aged men”, but  latest research suggests snoring affects half of adult men, while sleep apnoea affects a quarter. Photograph: iStock

Almost a fifth of couples worldwide forced to sleep apart due to snoring, says professor

 Prof Colin O’Dowd and Dr Jurgita Ovadnevaite of NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Scientists at NUI Galway say recurrence of smog likely in Ireland

The EU has adopted demanding new directives on renewable energy. Photograph: Getty Images

Government 'needs to stop making aspirational pledges’ and adopt renewable energy, says Prof John Sweeney

The council is also reviewing national policies in light an EU requirement that a draft “climate and energy plan” be completed by the end of 2018.

Chairman says without higher price on carbon, Irish CO2 emissions will continue to rise

Latest WHO report shows most European countries are on track to reach Health 2020 inititiative targets Photograph: iStock

Some of 53 countries studied also have highest sense of ‘life satisfaction’ in world

Naked Bacon,  made without cancer-causing nitrites, has been developed by Finnebrogue Artisan in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland-based company uses fruit and spice extracts in bacon-curing process

 American molecular biologist and  co-discoverer of the structure of DNA James Watson: Trump has not been good for science. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

James Watson interview: DNA-pioneer on racism, Trump, belief and scientific truth

Circadian clocks affect all aspects of what humans do. The same clock operates in the liver, heart and skin cells, and is regulated by genes.

‘Schrodinger at 75’ conference hears of sleep/wake cycle and circadian rhythm

The search for new psychiatric drugs should focus on which brain ‘wire’ to change, Prof Kay Tye told the Schrödinger at 75 conference at the NCH. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cutting-edge methodologies emerging to interrogate brain circuitry, Prof Kay Tye says

The audience at the Schrödinger at 75 conference, organised by Trinity College Dublin at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Scientists are focusing research on compressing period of illnesses linked to getting old

   Simon Meehan,  Co Cork who is flying the flag for Ireland in the EUCYS at the RDS. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Cork student and BT Young Scientist winner Simon Meehan flies Irish flag at EUCYS

If cloning a mammoth was to become possible, a living cell would be necessary “to jump-start cellular specialisation and development”, Prof Beth Shapiro told the Schrodinger at 75 conference in Dublin.

Genetic techniques will make it possible to bring extinct species back to life, conference told

TCD chancellor and former president Mary Robinson said Schrödinger inspired generations of scientists.

Many of ‘the brightest minds’ working on the big questions set to stir scientific melting pot

Nivolumab is already approved for use in cases of melanoma, renal cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma and a form of cancer affecting the head and neck, and has now been approved for lung cancer.

Nivolumab is potentially life-extending and can be used where chemotherapy has failed

Theoretical physicist Erwin Schrödinger who ventured into biology to ask the question, ‘What is Life?’ in a series of lectures in TCD during 1943. Photo: Getty Images.

Five Nobel Prize-winners and some of the world’s most brilliant science minds will speak at the Schrödinger at 75 – the Future of (...)

Erwin Schrödinger: a very live cat. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

The great physicist moved to Clontarf in 1939 on Dev’s invitation with his wife and mistress

Erwin Schrödinger: the Austrian physicist was  brought to Ireland by Éamon de Valera in 1939 to be the first director of theoretical physics at the new Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Photograph: Bettman Archives

A conference in Trinity College Dublin – where Schrödinger gave his famous talks in 1943 – will bring some of the brightest scient(...)

Dr Hoesung Lee, chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spoke at a conference on Thursday in Trinity College Dublin to mark the panel’s 30th anniversary. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Dr Hoesung Lee pays tribute to Ireland’s ‘generosity’ to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Minister for Climate Action and Environment  Denis  Naughten acknowledged  “very disappointing” Environmental Protection Agency figures showing Ireland was locked into a trend of rising CO2 emissions. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland faces huge challenges to meet binding 2020 EU targets, says Minister

Dr Fiachra Long, head of UCC’s school of education, poses to take a selfie in Cork city in front of a backdrop, which gives the impression he is in the Caribbean, as he discusses nanotechnology. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Aim is to encourage ‘great communication’ from researchers tackling global challenges

The Report on Climate Change and Land will be of critical importance to Ireland, Denis Naughten said, as agriculture is responsible for more than 30 per cent of Irish emissions. File photograph:Getty Images

Event marks 30th anniversary of UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Dr Ciarán Byrne, chief executive of Inland Fisheries Ireland  with Dr Cathal Gallagher, head of research and development, at the Inland Fisheries Ireland at the launch of a report on pike. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Report reveals dramatic shift in balance of fish populations in Irish waterways

Vincent Young, cardiothoracic surgeon, who performed a robotic coronary artery bypass graft surgery in the Blackrock Clinic. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The ‘game-changing’ procedure reduces recovery time to as little as 48 hours

Fodder and water shortages due to extreme weather events had taken a toll on farmers this year, the IFA said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Group says weather, Brexit and fears over CAP funding are putting pressure on sector

Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten drew attention to a €300m support scheme for renewable heat that will support agriculture. File photograph: Getty Images

Climate change ‘events like these’ shape how resources used, Minister tells farming forum

“Without these products, up to 80 per cent of the world’s food production would be lost,” says Miller. Above, Roundup. Photograph: Steffen Schmidt/EPA

US farmer Michelle Miller says GM food and herbicide myths must be counteracted

Dr Eoin Lettice and Dr Barbara Doyle Prestwich of UCC’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Photograph: John Sheehan

Conference to hear how anti-GMO groups have hijacked ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’

VTEC can be passed from person to person if hygiene or hand-washing habits are inadequate. Photograph: iStock

Avoid food poisoning with four simple steps: clean, cook, chill and separate

E.coli bug: up to August 14th there were 320 VTEC “notifications” in Ireland.

‘Astronomical’ incidence of E coli infection this summer with 715 reported cases

Red Hot Mommas protesting against a waster-water treatment plant proposed for north Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Red Hot Mommas have delivered objections to plans for facility with sea outflow

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (centre) with Stephen Nolan, chief executive of Sustainable Nation Ireland, and Kirsten Dunlop, chief executive of EIT Climate-KIC. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Programme aims to get financial centres to put sustainability at heart of business

Prof Stephen Sawcer said new gene technology, which was rapid and inexpensive, enabled a new approach in the search for treatments for MS.

Teams from Cambridge University and Ireland seek genetic markers for disease

Stephen Sawcer,  professor of neurological genetics at Cambridge University, who will collaborate with Genomics Medicine Ireland to identify possible treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography.

New alliance with Genomics Medicine Ireland a chance to complete unfinished business

Breast cancer clusters growing in 3D:  Photo: NUI Galway

Potential drug identified by NUIG team that reduces cancer and helps improve treatment

The herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate, is manufactured by the Monsanto company, a unit of German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG, in St Louis, USA. Photograph: Steffen Schmidt/EPA

Department of Agriculture said it was guided by European Food Safety Authority on use of Roundup

Clare County Council said it disagreed with Irish Business Against Litter’s finding that Doolin pier was a “litter black spot”. Photograph: Frank Miller

‘Very unpleasant Doolin’ is in fact ‘pristine’, according to ferry operator

Prof John Boland working on nanowires, that mimic nerve cells in the brain at the AMBER research facility in TCD. Photograph:  SHARPPIX

‘Neuromorphic’ computers will be able to carry out tasks natural to the human brain

Kinsale, Co Cork. An Taisce has singled out the harbour in Kinsale as being “remarkably free of litter for a busy harbour attracting lots of tourists”. File photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Most common forms of litter were plastic bottles, cans, cigarette butts and sweet wrappers

Fibre-rich foods like carrots can stimulate the production of short-chain fatty acids.

Healthier diet lowers anxiety and reduced stress levels can aid ‘leaky’ gut problems

Between 2014 and 2017,  the world has experienced the four warmest years on record. Photograph:  Stringer/Reuters

Weakening of Gulf Stream could result in rapid temperature increases

Brexit presents more opportunities than downsides for the Irish scientific research community, says Prof Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘There’s some people who don’t want to live in Trump America or Brexit Britain’

Leanamore Wind Farm in Co Kerry, SSE's newest onshore wind farm, which entered full commercial operation in February 2018. Wind and tidal projects will be key to Ireland meeting 2030 targets.

Minister for the Environment and Climate Action Denis Naughten is adamant the State will play its part in a green revolution

In the EPA’s latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement, five sites are listed for persistent failure to meet the necessary environmental standards, four of which are from the agri-food sector

EPA report shows sector has overtaken waste industry for non-compliance

A smart control panel for a domestic heater. Photograph: iStock

Moving Ireland’s two million homes away from oil to renewable forms of energy is an immense task

Galway Wind Park, Ireland’s largest onshore wind farm, which was co-developed by SSE and Coillte in Cloosh Valley, Connemara.

The need for urgent action on the climate change crisis will dramatically change the type of energy we use and how we use it

Billy Costello of Green Generation, Nurney, Co Kildare. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

With an economy based largely on agriculture, Ireland is uniquely placed to to generate biomethane using farm waste

EirGrid chief executive Mark Foley in the company’s National Control Room in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

EirGrid is at the heart of an all-Ireland energy system, but it cannot rest on its laurels, its chief executive Mark Foley says

Eirgrid's national control centre room in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The nerve centre of the Irish energy system tracks every flicker in demand

An aerial view of the Irish Cement facility at Platin, Co Meath. Photograph: Aerial Eye

Making cement ‘a different process to what people perceive’

Engineers climb a turbine inspection ladder on the Airtricity wind farm on the Arklow Bank in the Irish Sea. Photograph: David O'Brien

In spite of policy gaps, Wheeler strikes optimistic note on renewables, especially offshore

Dr Seán Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland: “Much of what Ireland is doing is damaging people, the economy or the environment.” Photograph: David Sleator

Review widely rejected as lack of education and political urgency blamed for shortfall

Michael Quirke: “it’s very hard to convince ordinary people” to embrace renewable energy “when it took me 12 years to build a windfarm”. Photograph: Larry Cummins

Michael Quirk believes farmers are key to meeting Ireland’s climate change targets

The Government would produce a new international development policy and commit financial support for global climate action later this year, Minister for for  Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has told the UN. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister Denis Naughten accepted more needed to be done urgently if sustainable development goals to be met

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