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

Dublin Bay: its sea level  has risen by twice the global average in the past 20 years,  according to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Photograph: Getty Images

Four local authorities in Dublin have completed climate action plans

Society of the Irish Motor Industry accepts changes to the funding regime ‘but now is not the time to do it’. Photograph: Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty

Dealers fret over grants for electric vehicles and potential changes to motor tax and VRT

Limerick is taking part in a pilot project alongside Trondheim in Norway to help define how urban areas in the EU become positive energy cities. Photograph: Getty Images

City's Georgian neighbourhood will become test bed for data collection

Glyphosate is cleared for use in the EU until December 2022. Photograph: iStock

Department of Agriculture said it would await outcome of review to begin later this year

 Philip O’Brien, emissions mitigation specialist with the EPA, told the conference that agriculture emissions have decreased since 1990, from 37 per cent to 33 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Think tank examines future of dairying and agriculture’s role in tackling climate change

Dublin exposure: flooding risk due to more intense storms and sea-level rise makes the capital especially vulnerable as so much of the city is located at the mouth of the Liffey and built on reclaimed land. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Council to adopt renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions and make city ‘climate resilient’

The beach at Shelley Banks, beside Ringsend wastewater treatment plant, covered by a blanket of noxious material. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/ The Irish Times

‘No evidence of sewage discharge,’ on scenic Shelly Banks strand, says Dublin City Council

Minister of State for Agriculture Andrew Doyle,  Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, and   Mark McAuley, director of Forest Industries Ireland, in Dublin’s Botanic Gardens. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Campaign group criticises ‘over-reliance’ on conifers in plantations

Coastwatch director Karin Dubsky with guest speakers Sophie Mjati, of France Nature Environnement, Marc-Philip Buckhout, Seas at Risk policy officer, and  Tatiana Luján, of Client Earth, attending the conference at Trinity College. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Creation of special zones key to tackling over-fishing and biodiversity loss, conference told

Lead author Dr Edmund Gilbert, who is based at RCSI, said the work was helping understand the role of genetic variation in human disease. File photograph: Getty

Strong links to southwest Scotland and the Hebrides emerge going back to sixth century

An agriforestry site on Leo Murphy’s farm in Kilcock, Co Kildare. Photograph: Iain White

Managed forests ‘most effective way to help Ireland do its bit for climate change’

Flooding along the banks of the river Shannon  near Athlone in December 2015. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Finding comes from new study of records from 3,738 flood measurement stations across Europe over five decades

Sir Richard Attenborough art work on Dublin’s South Circular Road. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Free documentary shows at Merrion Square and Blackrock Park aim to highlight climate crisis

Agriculture responsible for 33 per cent of emissions in 2017.

Agriculture the number one culprit in breakdown by sector

In 2016, 10.7 per cent of Ireland’s total land area was covered by forestry; the second lowest proportion in the EU. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

CSO report shows Ireland’s per capita carbon output is more than double the rate in Sweden

The photograph Shane Ross  tweeted over the weekend in Marlay Park, south Dublin. Photograph: Shane Ross Twitter feed

Minister admits Marlay Park charger used in image will not be operational for weeks

Individual farmers have resumed protests outside some plants while BPM leaders remain under threat of injunction by MII

Q&A on the ongoing issues between the Beef Plan Movement and Meat Industry Ireland

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton will today announce the plan which is designed to support the widespread rollout of EVs over the next five years. Photograph: Getty Images

Initiative comes as Government aims to have 936,000 EVs on roads by 2030

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said ‘the report highlights the challenges to conserve biodiversity in Ireland.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Vast majority of designated habitats in Ireland are in poor condition, EU hears

Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of Food Safety Authority of Ireland, and Dr Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority. Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Erosion of trust in society is a threat to food safety, says European food authority

Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland with Dr Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority at the Food Safety Science Conference in Dublin. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic

Dr Url tells Dublin food safety conference 100m people could have calories we bin

MEP Sean Kelly cited the case of a businessman in the environmental sector who told him recently that he could have a particular project on the ground within a year but it would take five years to get planning. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Seán Kelly made comments while addressing Energy in Agriculture open day in Tipperary

Fine Gael  MEP Sean Kelly:  Ireland must up its game in using renewable energy for heating and cooling in particular. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Ireland must face up to political mix in European Parliament and green agenda – MEP

Eager to get going: Michael Quirk (left) at his farm near Cloyne, Co Cork, Joseph Hennessy from Enniscorthy and  IFA renewables committee chairman Tom Short. Photograph: Kevin O’Sullivan

‘The solar story has become one of massive projects by offshore private equity players’

Aldi’s  fresh fish range has already undergone the redesign, with clear recyclable packaging trays introduced. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Move will save more than 450 tonnes of non-recyclable waste annually in 139 outlets

An Taisce has also objected to terms of the new licence for the Lanesborough plant which employs 150 permanent and seasonal employees.

Among objectors are An Taisce and two prominent international environmental lobbies

SuperValu managing director Martin Kelleher, with one of the new compostable shopping bags it is introducing.

Retailer hoping to take 2.5 million plastic bags out of circulation over the next year

Dr Karen Doyle, a neuroscientist with Cúram, who is based at Galway Neuroscience Centre in NUI Galway. Photograph: NUI Galway

Focus of short film is on removed blood clots and the information they may yield

George Gabriel Stokes made profound contributions to hydrodynamics and devised and performed many ingenious experiments in optical science. Portrait: The Royal Society

‘Powerful and unerring’ mathematician born in Skreen, Co Sligo, 200 years ago

A winchman works to retrieve a victim during the 1979   Fastnet Race. File photograph: Keystone/Getty

Rerun of forecast for 1979 race shows how far weather modelling systems have advanced

A number of birds including other cormorants and cygnets were removed from the river. Photograph: Athlone Town Facebook page

Westmeath County Council investigating source of ‘very serious’ pollution

Community members march in support of Plastic-free Kinvara’s public awareness campaign to keep the land and sea plastic-free. Photograph: Louise O’Neill Vance

‘We share a love of this place. We need to stand together if we’re going to save it’

Holstein cows: Everybody needs to think carefully about their diets, experts say. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters

Campaigners and Greens endorse UN call for land-use plan for changing climate

 Mark Senn, chef and owner of Veginity Restaurant, Dorset Street Upper, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

IPCC report on climate change argues major shift to vegetarian diets is needed

Irish Farmers’ Association environment chairman Thomas Cooney rejects Green Party calls for “less of Ireland’s sustainable dairy and beef produce”.

Irish Farmers’ Association says attack on national herd ‘lacks climate credibility’

Greenpeace activists  outside the United Nations in Geneva on Thursday as the IPCC special report on Climate Change and Land is released. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

‘Earth has never felt smaller, its natural ecosystems never under such direct threat’

 Greenpeace activists hold a banner in front of the UN before a news conference on the Special Report on Climate Change and Land  in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph08 August 2019. Photograph: EPA

UN report stops short of calling on all to embrace vegan or vegetarianism

Eating more fuit and vegetables and less meat can help to reduce harmful emissions.

Changes to farming and eating habits among measures required to tackle emergency

A combine harvests wheat in Corn, Oklahoma. File photograph: Nick Oxford/Reuters

Report proposes a major shift towards vegetarian and vegan diets

Khadan Mohammed Hamed (19): She knows about climate change and soil erosion from her biology class and realises that combination has eroded a way of life.  Photograph: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide

Almost 600,000 climate refugees show remarkable resilience in harrowing conditions

Members of the Janagal self-help group counting their profits. Since starting the Concern programme, they’ve grown  in wealth, confidence and wellbeing. Photograph: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide

Women in Somaliland using donations to develop businesses that help locals

In the village of Jir Jir in Somaliland, shopkeeper Roble Barkad accepts cashless payments confirmed by text. Photograph: Gavin Douglas

The cashless system, which is free to use, emerged following the 2017 drought

Sahra Mohamed and Marya Abdulah get drinking water from the Concern and Echo-funded water catchment tank in northern Somaliland. Photograph: Gavin Douglas/ Concern Worldwide

Among the poorest countries in the world, it has proven reserves of oil and natural gas

Sahra Mohamed and Marya Abdulah getting drinking water from the Concern and EU Echo-funded water catchment tank in Northern Somaliland. Photograph: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide

Pastoralist lifestyle of nomads is under threat from repeated drought and cyclones

Deadly heat refers to temperatures that feel like 40.6 degrees Celsius and above. Photograph: iStock

Research should act as a ‘stark warning’ of hidden hazard that may impact millions

    Prof Alex (Archie)Thompson (retired), Emeritus Professor Luke Drury, DIAS, Hillary O’Donnell (former technician) at the launch at Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies of the programme of events for July to mark the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Cosmic ray work made DIAS and Ireland famous in the space science communities of ESA and Nasa

Thames Water Desalination Plant can provide 150 million litres of drinking water each day, enough for one million people. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Thames Water’s plant is one renewable but costly model for ‘water-stressed’ regions

Danny Walsh of Moyne Rangers AFC, Adam Southall and Ryan Phillips of Shamrock Rovers AFC and (back, from right)  Irish Water’s general manager Michael O’Leary, Cathaoirleach of the Enniscorthy Municipal district, Kathleen Codd-Nolan and Minister of State Paul Kehoe at the  opening of new wastewater treatment plant enhances  in Enniscorthy. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Utility will notify customers who appear to be consuming water services excessively

Parteen Weir on Lough Derg. Farmers in the vicinity of Lough Derg and the Shannon have led opposition to the pipeline project. Photograph: Alan Betson

Academics carry out evaluation of Irish Water’s approach to Shannon pipeline

The Parteen basin on the Shannon. Photograph: Irish Water

Locals fear the project may push the river to the edge amid an increased drought risk

Minister for Planning Eoghan Murphy ordered the review of the Shannon pipeline project  after opponents of the project highlighted its cost. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Utilities regulator examining whether Irish Water evaluated all relevant options

The latest cost estimate for a pipeline to carry water from the Shannon to Dublin is between €1.2 billion and €1.3 billion. Photograph: Alan Betson 15/07/2016 15/07/2016 Parteen Weir on Lough Derg pic for news feature on the plans by Irish Water to build a 170 km long pipe with a diameter of 2.3 Meters from Parteen basin on the river Shannon to Dublin to carry water.Lorna Siggins Piece search word Fight the Pipe Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish TimesPhotograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ramping up supply would not address root problem of leaking pipes, analysis argues

 Parteen Weir on Lough Derg: Irish Water plans to build a 170km pipe to carry supplies  to Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

East coast growth and climate challenge supply system little changed since 1893

Meteorological expert Dr Conor Murphy: ‘We are quite profligate at household level.’ File photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Water-stressed east coast has high population density and least surface water available

A modern day zebu, an arid-adapted breed which emerged in greater numbers 4,000 years ago as a suspected result of a  dramatic drought, or ‘4.2 kiloyear climate event’. Photograph: Denis Doukhan/Pixabay

Examination of ancient bones by TCD scientists identifies genetic change in cattle herds 4,000 years ago

Prof Peter Gallagher watches on as guest of honour astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell admires Lord Rosse’s tie – inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which drew inspiration from the galaxies discovered using the giant telescope at Birr Castle in the 19th century. Photograph: Jeff Harvey

AstroLands will stage space camps and workshops

Lough Ree. The EPA action relates to the temperature of cooling water discharged from the Lough Ree power plant in Co Longford into the Shannon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Action relates to temperature of cooling water discharged from Lough Ree plant

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Swedish climate activist endorses opposition to proposed plastics plant in Skibbereen

Climate action plan: The EUs and Ireland’s 2050 targets are not yet aligned to the Paris climate agreement. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Measures ‘do not add up to bringing Irish emissions down far enough fast enough’

There is one certainty: restricting car use reduces air pollution. Photograph: iStock

Wear a cycle mask, avoid exercising in polluted areas and restrict car use in the city

In a joint statement, Richard Bruton and Shane Ross expressed “grave concern” about the findings which suggested areas in Dublin city may have higher levels of air pollution than previously indicated. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Reaction: 'Grave concern' over Dublin city air pollution findings in EPA report

Areas along the M50 have some of the worst air pollution in Dublin according to an EPA report. File photograph: Alan Betson

Increased levels of nitrogen dioxide caused by traffic in capital can have health effects

‘Forests and wood-based products offer sustainable, long-term solutions to the climate-change problem,’ says Prof Pekka Kauppi of the University of Helsinki.

Researcher urges multistakeholder form as way forward if sector is to develop

Members of Extinction Rebellion Ireland stage a protest during a speech by Environment Minister Richard Bruton at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Justin Farrelly/PA Wire

Minister for Climate Action spoke of forestry as a solution to climate emergency

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton halted the Climate Emergency Bill, which had won international support. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Legislation would have made Ireland fifth country in world to ban oil, gas exploration

 An Oireachtas committee on the implementation of the Belfast Agreement has been warned of the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on Ireland’s wildlife and environment. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Barrister calls for prioritisation of island-wide regulation in negotiations

 Astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin poses next to the US flag on July 20th, 1969 on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Photograph:   NASA/Liaison

DIAS, Festival of Curiosity and Birr Castle to celebrate moon landing with series of events

Irish Water is carrying out essential cleaning works at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant in Dublin over the coming days ‘to deal with current odour issues’ and to reduce risk of odours arising over the summer months. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Recent discharges from Dublin plant have led to water discolouration and bathing ban

The world has to find a way to distribute a fairer share of wealth arising from mining activities, according to Edmund Nickless of the International Union of Geological Sciences. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Rapidly growing demand for cobalt raises ethical concerns about ‘conflict minerals’

Research by scientists at UCD has established genes associated with behaviour may play as big a role as a horse’s physical attributes and determine whether a thoroughbred races well or not  Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty

Findings suggest horse’s ‘attitude’ may be critical factor in training regime -report

A male Yellowhammer  calling from a fence post in field. One in every five Irish bird species assessed is threatened with extinction. Photograph: Arterra/Universal Images Group/Getty Images.

One in five Irish species assessed ‘threatened with extinction’, BirdWatch official says

A dug out open septic tank being pumped out. File photograph: Getty

A third of systems that failed inspections during 2013-2018 ‘still not fixed’ – EPA

Discolouration in the water at the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant. Photograph:  Eoin O’Shaughnessy/Dublin City Shots

Irish Water says no incidents have occurred over last 48 hours

IFA President Joe Healy with  IFA National Officers and members in a protest at the EU Commission offices in Dublin last week. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

EU pulling the rug from under the beef sector, Irish Farmers’ Association says

This trade agreement will have a huge impact on prices, at a time when beef farmers here are already to the pin of their collars. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Mercosur deal has been accused for ‘selling out’ Irish farmers

Participants in Trinity College Dublin’s LaunchBox accelerator programme, now in its seventh year.

Irish companies receive funding of up to €2.5m each from the European Commission

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: he said  transport elements were “woeful, lacking ambition in seeking real efficiency and long-term decarbonisation”

People Before Profit TD says the Government is continuing to issue exploration licences, build runways and construct a gas termina(...)

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD along with other Government Ministers, announcing details of Climate Action Plan 2019  on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

As of Tuesday, Ireland is among 19 countries now backing the long-term target

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton arriving at TU Dublin in Grangegorman with members of the Cabinet to announce details of Climate Action Plan 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New climate legislation, budgets and targets will ensure greater oversight

Fossil-fuel emissions. Renewable Energy Ireland  has describing the plan  as “a road map for turning Ireland into a climate-change leader”. Photograph: Getty Images

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland says fundamental to the success of the plan is the level of commitment of all parts of soc(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘It’s good economic policy. it’s good social policy. It’s good environmental policy, and we just need to make it happen.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The carrot approach will apply initially but the stick will appear if progress is too slow

School pupils during a global protest for action to tackle climate change, outside the Dáil in Dublin in March. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Plan on climate change contains almost 200 actions to ensure Ireland meets targets

Minister for Climate Action  Richard Bruton. His plan takes on board  the recommendations of the all-party committee on climate action in its report earlier this year. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Move is an attempt to prompt major behaviour shift in fossil-fuel consumption in economy

The NBDC report confirms short-term, accelerating declines in Irish bee populations

Biodiversity study says status of Irish wildlife ‘remains precarious’

The State is ranked seventh among EU member states based on a draft national energy and climate plan submitted to Brussels, but actions committed to are deemed ‘insufficient’. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Most EU states on course to miss own targets for cutting transport pollution by 2030

<USTEMPLATES>The collaboration emerged following an EU-wide call to reduce carbon emissions associated with aviation. Photograph: Getty Images

University’s Bernal Institute signs deal with leading Dutch biofuel company SkyNRG

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The current Irish target is an 80 per cent reduction by mid century

 President Michael D Higgins hosts a meeting with representatives of the group of small island developing states. Photograph:  Maxwell

Michael D Higgins affirms Ireland’s solidarity with vulnerable small island states

The longest-lived species of bats, known as Myotis, pictured in Brittany. Photograph: Olivier Farcy/Bretagne Vivante

Critical evidence intervention in ageing process might increase quality of living

US senator John Kerry will deliver the keynote address at the Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork on Monday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Former US secretary of state leading global effort to halt decline of marine environment

The  Wastewater Treatment Works at Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ringsend wastewater treatment plant has a notorious reputation

Dr Nicholas Payne atttaches a bio-logging device to a tiger shark in waters off the Bahamas.

Information will help team assess global climate crisis

Laura Burke, EPA director: ‘To meet its EU targets for 2030 and achieve national policy ambitions, Ireland will need full implementation of those measures (climate mitigation policies and measures in the National Development Plan), plus additional measures in future plans.’

Despite climate action initiatives in NDP, Ireland will fail to meet commitments

Transport-orientated development will be possible with Metrolink in Dublin and in cities where BusConnects is fully in place, according to the report. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

NESC report focuses on public transport and higher density housing

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