Tyndall National Institute  researcher Dr Agnieszka Gocalinska. Tyndall has been at the forefront of quantum technology research in Ireland for 10 years. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Multimillion-euro investment in Cork will see appointment of 45 researchers

John Kerry, US climate envoy. File photograph: Stefani Reynolds/EPA/Pool

Dublin Climate Dialogues will produce recommendations for UK, host of COP26

Water quality should be monitored year-round at beaches where increasing numbers of people are regularly swimming outside the summer season, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Agency’s bathing water quality report finds ‘excellent’ standards at 75% of 148 sites tested

There are now 70 operational data centres in Ireland using 900 MW  with eight under construction with 250MW usage. Photograph: iStock

Carbon emissions arising from data centres was 1.85% of Ireland’s total carbon emissions in 2020

Minister for the Environment and Climate Eamon Ryan said the OECD’s views would influence the Government’s national development and climate action and post-Covid recovery plans. Photograph: Julien Behal

Review of State’s environmental record warns of post-pandemic rise in emissions

In spite of accommodating large volumes of renewable wind energy on the power grid, the OECD notes that energy from renewable sources covered just 12%  of the State’s gross energy consumption.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

OECD report shows that while renewable energy usage is rising, targets are still being missed

Ireland stands alone among OECD countries in not having domestic water charges, according to a new review. Photograph: The Irish Times

Country still suffers from ‘high water losses and hot spots of low drinking water quality’

The Asian hornet is a predator of honeybees, wasps, other pollinators such as bumblebees, hoverflies and spiders. Photograph: Aidan O’Hanlon, National Museum of Ireland

Single Asian hornet found ‘alive but dying’ in private dwelling on the northside of Dublin

Data centres and electric vehicles are two of the main factors expected to drive a dramatic increase in demand for electricity. File photograph: Getty

Centres projected to require a third of Ireland’s generated energy within a decade

The Minister for the Environment and Climate Eamon Ryan said the  rapid rollout of offshore wind energy would  be contentious, particularly off the east coast because large turbines would  be so visible on the horizon. Photograph: Getty Images

Environmentalist warns scale-up of Ireland’s offshore wind resources could be undone by lack of public engagement

Inger Andersen, executive director of UNEP: ‘Fast and ambitious methane mitigation is one of the best strategies available today to deliver immediate and long-lasting multiple benefits for climate, agriculture, human and ecosystem health.’ Photograph: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Report highlights benefits to public health and food production from cutting emissions

Prof Nick Payne and PhD researcher Haley Dolton from Trinity College Dublin’s school of natural sciences have returned from a week on the waves in which they managed to apply tags to four sharks

Project to help understand behaviour and physiology of Ireland’s gentle sea giants

The researchers warned Antarctica was a “wild card”, with uncertainty over the impact of rising temperatures on melting ice and increasing snowfall on the continent.  Photograph:   Dr Andrew Elvidge/University of East Anglia/PA

Reports highlight pressing need for aggressive efforts to tackle growing crisis

The argument that if Ireland does not produce beef and dairy products, other countries will simply fill the gap with inferior products, leading to extensive “carbon leakage”, is flawed, according to An Taisce. File photograph: iStock

Environmental body criticised by committee over attitude towards rural economy

Most fields “are practically devoid of life while even the ancient system of hedgerows is vanishing due to neglect and outright destruction”.

Investing in nature ‘doesn’t cost the earth, but it gives us and the Earth a chance’

Megan Carroll, Abby Mullins and Chloe Murphy from Moate Community School, who were overall group winners at the 2021 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, are pictured at Hodson Bay launching next year’s event. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Organisers confirm annual showcase will be online for the second year in a row

The crane is deeply connected to the culture and history of Ireland, with the bird central to folklore tales such as Fionn MacCumhaill, the druids, St Colmcille and the Book of Kells. Photograph: Courtesy of Bord na Móna

Pair nesting in midlands bog may be key to revival of species

The Airbus turbofan, turboprop and blended-wing body ZEROe aircraft using hydrogen fuel. The concepts offer many advantages for future low-emission air travel. Photograph: Airbus

Aircraft maker to select plane design by 2025 with view to commercial flights by 2035

“Climate change is a threat to all of us and transitioning to a low-carbon economy is a major priority for the Government.” Photograph: David Sleator

Businesses have key role in decarbonisation and opportunity to ‘create new jobs’

Greater clarity on Irish Water’s ‘remedial action list’ of problematic water supplies that pose the most risk to consumers is required, the Water Advisory Body (WAB) has said.

Water Advisory Borad says utility firm yet to submit date for fixing nine problematic supplies

Non-governmental organisation Transport & Environment calls on the European Commission to ‘listen to citizens and stop casting doubt on the continued responsibility of national governments to jointly deliver on the EU’s 2030 climate target’. File photograph: iStock

Commission proposals on new ‘effort sharing’ to be hammered out in coming weeks

Immunologist Prof Kate Fitzgerald: elected to the US National Academy of Sciences

‘Incredible honour’ for international leader in the field of innate immunity

An artist’s impression of the ultra-hot Jupiter exoplanet, WASP-33b.  The hydroxyl radical – known as OH – was found on the dayside of the planet.

Team led by Queen’s University astronomers detects new ‘chemical signature’

Workers install solar panels on a roof. Photograph: Courtesy of Construct Ireland

Retrofitting programme could create 32k new jobs, generate €600m in economic savings every year

The report calls for an independent body – “ideally the EPA” – to establish and implement a robust monitoring framework to assess the environmental impacts of food production at farm, catchment and national level.

Report by 70 environmental and climate groups puts Green Party in difficult position

Ireland has exceptional untapped wind resources, particularly offshore, which equates to 10 times the 5,000 megawatts currently installed on the island of Ireland.

Public and political support needed to deliver the infrastructure, climate committee told

The event will forge a declaration on how to raise global ambition at COP26 with specific recommendations to accelerate the transition to net-zero emissions.   Photograph: iStock

Dublin Climate Dialogues event will ‘enact meaningful and binding commitments’

US president Joe Biden said millions of good, well-paid jobs would emerge from tackling the climate crisis, including in “fields we haven’t even conceived of yet”. Photograph:  Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President praises Russian idea for capturing carbon from space as he calls for global collaboration

Prof Adrian Hill, who leads the Oxford University team: “What we’re hoping to do is take that 400,000 down to tens of thousands in the next five years, which would be absolutely fantastic,” he said.  Photograph:   Steve Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prof Adrian Hill helped develop vaccine that may slash 400,000 annual death toll from disease

‘We need to care for nature, so that nature may care for us,’ said the pope. Photograph: Getty Images

Biden tells world leaders that no government can address climate threat on its own

US envoy for climate John Kerry, US secretary of state Antony Blinken, and US president Joe Biden listen as United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres speaks on screen during a climate change virtual summit from the East Room of the White House campus. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Stepped-up emissions goal announced by host provides tangible break from climate denialist presidency of Donald Trump

US vice-president Kamala Harris speaking from the White House during the virtual leaders’ summit on climate on Thursday. Photograph: White House/Bloomberg

US attempts to underline its climate credentials by committing to halving its emissions by 2030

Dublin postwoman Laura Fitzsimons: An Post plans to help 30,000 homeowners retrofit their homes, have 2,000 electric vehicles  and spend €100 million on sustainability. Photograph:  Maxwells

Company uses 100% renewable energy in buildings and has zero waste to landfill

The livestock issue, which is responsible for the bulk of Irish agricultural emissions, has to be faced up to because new technologies  are not yet available, says Dr Paul Deane. File photograph: iStock

Farmers willing to play part in climate action but will need Government supports, say IFA

Eamon Ryan in the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Screengrab from Oireachtas footage

O’Gorman accuses dissenting TDs of performing for cameras but failing to do hard work

An aerial shot over Arklow, where SSE Renewables is proposing to develop the onshore grid infrastructure associated with Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2 in the Irish Sea.

SSE will seek to develop onshore infrastructure needed for wind farm connection

A coal power plant in Adamsville, Alabama. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty

World’s biggest carbon emitters, including China and Russia, will be in virtual room

The Irish Water scheme provides customers with support in identifying and fixing leaks.

More than 60,400 repairs carried out under Irish Water project since 2015 introduction

A draft agri-food strategy to 2030 commits to a 10 per cent cut in biogenic methane over the next 10 years, but does not set a target on reducing livestock numbers – the sector’s main source of carbon emissions. Image: iStock.

State strategy does not set target to reduce sector’s main source of carbon emissions - livestock

Minister for Climate Eamon Ryan will consider points raised by climate experts on the wording of the Climate Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Climate experts highlighted ‘fundamental flaw’ in letter to Coalition leaders

Leading climate experts have warned the  Government about  “a fundamental flaw” in the Climate Bill.  Photograph: Ben Curtis/PA

Aspects of Bill ‘not scientifically well grounded’ and ‘entirely lacking in legal certainty’

Minister for Climate Eamon Ryan: ‘Now is the time to go offshore at scale and at speed.’

Sector supports 5,000 jobs now and this will rise to 7,000 by 2030, according to dispatch

The most significant emissions increases occurred in  dairy   and pharma-chemical industries in Ireland. File photograph: iStock

Reduction did not match decrease of 11-12% across Europe in 2020, EPA finds

Re-evaluation of their effectiveness and associated risk will hamper vaccination rollout

Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite data image of Ringsend Waste Water Treatment Plant on October 10th, 2020, showing the  discharge of what is reported to have been more than 75,000 cubic metres of storm run-off by  Irish Water into Dublin Bay. Processed by ESA/TechWorks Marine

SOS Dublin Bay says 8.9m cubic metres of untreated sewage discharged over four years

The Department of Health has said the AstraZeneca vaccine should not be given to people aged under 60. Graphic: Paul Scott

Advice has led to understandable confusion, especially now for older age group

A computer-generated image of the ESB-Equinor floating windfarm proposed for off the coast of Clare and Kerry.

ESB announces development of a floating off-shore windfarm in €5 billion programme

A computer-generated representation of the transformed Moneypoint site in the Shannon estuary including hydrogen storage facilities and a centre for the construction and assembly of floating wind turbines.

Co Clare station is ‘ideally placed’ to use offshore wind for generation of gas

A €3.6 million ‘become a beefatarian’ campaign, funded by the European Union.

Spending ‘at odds’ with climate as 78% of Ireland’s funded ads targeted agriculture

Moneypoint power plant in Co Clare. File photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Partnership with Equinor will see 1.4GW offshore wind farm using floating technology

’Healthy peatlands help provide natural filtration processes to clean water and reduce the quantity of water entering rivers and lakes,’ says report. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Transforming bogs could reduce CO2 emissions and improve biodiversity, Water Forum says

The AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine remains highly effective against the virus. File photograph:  Leon Neal/Getty Images

The European Medicines Agency has said there is a possible link to unusual blood clots

Simon Harris, Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Science. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Government departments and agencies also fund innovative research under New Foundations scheme

Simon Harris acknowledged companies had already experienced ‘massive’ upheaval caused by Brexit and Covid-19. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Over 1,000 companies to be supported in five-year Climate Ready initiative

Litter found during a clean-up by members of St Coca’s Athletic Club in Kilcock, Co Kildare.

Kildare running club found littering and illegal dumping ‘really got out of hand’

 Brussels’ expert advisers last year were split over whether nuclear power deserved a green label. Photograph: EDF / AFP / Charly Triballeau via Getty

Move follows scientific expert group’s conclusion that ‘the fuel qualifies as sustainable’ under green investments

Addressing emissions entails taking small steps and getting support and advice on setting up targets.

New initiative aims to help companies align carbon-reduction efforts with Paris Agreement

As countries set a course to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, the road ahead will be challenging. Photograph: iStock

The quicker the transition is begun, the sooner benefits can emerge in terms of cleaner energy, less air pollution and nature unde(...)

The EMA has received reports of 44 rare blood clotting cases among 9.2 million people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine across the European Economic Area. Photograph:  Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

EMA responds after Germany joined countries limiting Covid-19 vaccine to older people

Stockpiles of coal  in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Ending the use of coal is paramount, said COP26 president Alok Sharma. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

‘I don’t want to be the scold,’ says US climate envoy John Kerry

Photograph: iStock

IAE study identifies risks in transition to renewable electricity

Wind will provide two-thirds of Ireland’s total energy needs by 2050, the report predicts. File photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

UCC energy institute predicts wind will replace oil as dominant energy source

IFA president Tim Cullinan said programmes like Smart Farming that work with farmers to deliver change at farm level had never been so important. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Link between animal numbers, fertiliser use and deteriorating water ‘must be broken’ – EPA

A test sample is dropped onto an antigen testing strip at Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg

Lateral flow tests facilitate greater opening up but reliability issue has to be factored in

The Great Yellow Bumblebee. Photograph: Dara Stanley

All-Ireland plan focuses on protecting rare, at-risk species, like the Great Yellow Bumblebee

International Energy Agency executive director Fatih Birol: “Tremendous amount” now needs to be done. Photograph: David Sleator

Details of global ‘net-zero’ summit announced in advance of COP26 gathering

Center Parks in construction near Ballymahon, Co Longford, commended for its innovative use of wood. Photograph: Colm Kerr

Awards celebrate timber in design and aim to acknowledge excellence in wood usage and innovation

Transport emits 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent a year so it must reduce this by 50 per cent between now and 2030. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This week’s Climate Bill is the platform for unprecedented climate action over the coming decades

‘The Government needs to take radical action so that people in Ireland can easily live in a way that’s good for their health and the health of the planet.’ File photograph: Getty

Environmental coalition calls for extra effort to involve rural and underrepresented people

Some researchers estimate that Ireland’s fair share of the global carbon budget will run out as soon as 2024. File photograph: Getty

Farmers call on Government to acknowledge sector’s efforts to improve carbon efficiency

Climate scientists, experts and industry have been asked to share their data-based technical proposals to support development of the plan. Photograph: iStock

Government has approved the appointment of three new members to the Climate Change Advisory Council

Companies signing up to the pledge commit to recording their entire carbon footprint. Photograph: iStock

Low-carbon pledge taken by groups including An Post and Irish Water

“No country is attempting such a steep decarbonisation over one decade, let alone enshrining it in law.” Photograph: Getty Images

The Government will decide how to apply carbon budgets across relevant sectors, and what each sector will contribute in a five-yea(...)

Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan said ‘it’s a challenge beyond compare but one we are going to achieve’. Photograph: Julien Behal

Introduction of five-year carbon budgets will drive change, says Taoiseach

Cycle ‘superhighways’ must be part of decarbonising transport – committee hears. File Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Comprehensive, integrated rail and bus networks also needed, transport expert says

Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan,  brought the legislation to the cabinet meeting today. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Bill would be game changer in reducing emissions – Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan

Solar panels at Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Solar Energy Association chairman is bullish about sector’s potential

Changes in transport will play a role in achieving aims of the Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke

New Bill commits to ‘pursue and achieve carbon neutrality no later than 2050’

An otter catches a trout from the river Dodder in Milltown, Dublin. File photograph: Brian Tansey

Case for removing river barriers and dams outlined by wildlife expert

Eddie O’Connor, founder and chairman of Mainstream Renewable Power:  “Money never motivated me.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Eddie O’Connor has become a global player as the decarbonisation crusade rolls out

The group will attempt to forge a declaration on how to turn net-zero pledges into concrete energy policies and actions to be adopted at COP26. Photograph: iStock

Move to be ‘catalyst for a much more meaningful outcome in November’

Trimmed hedgerow. Photograph: Frank Miller

Kildare farmer ordered to pay €2,500 following prosecution under Wildlife Acts

When people were given a half dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine followed by a full dose at least a month later its efficacy rose to 90%. File photograph: Getty

Firm facing complaints over delivery pledges but also reports of possible side effects

‘The absolute number of twin deliveries has increased everywhere except in South America.’ Photograph: iStock

Global rate has increased by a third since 1980s and is likely to be at ‘all-time high’

Minister for the Environment and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said co-operation with the UK would be best achieved through co-operation on ‘the electrification of everything’. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘We are at the dawn of a new industrial revolution’, says Eamon Ryan

Almost 300 companies are part of Bord Bia’s national sustainability programme. File photograph: iStock

Change in Bord Bia programme will compel members with €50m turnover to set goals

Given supply-chain difficulties, it is hard to predict how long we have to wait for the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine to have an impact here. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty

Vaccine likely to out-perform rivals with single-dose advantage once rollout accelerates

Plan to reduce transport emissions by 51 per cent ‘daunting’ the Climate committee has hears

Plan to reduce transport emissions by 51 per cent ‘daunting’

Clay stoves, manufactured mainly by women, are now deployed in half of all rural homes in Malawi. File photograph: Concern

Government to publish roadmap to outline how State will hit targets and pay fair share

Men are an extremely important part of the solution when it comes to the gender gap, said the Women in Engineering Group. File photograph: Getty

‘We need fresh thinking in how we tackle this gender gap,’ says representative organisation

Workmen clear rubbish from standing water in the Pejagalan neighbourhood in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photograph:  Ed Wray/Getty Images

Study is first to analyse global sea-level rise combined with measurements of sinking land

Europe is 75 per cent dependent on imports for almost all metals and up to 100 per cent for some critical minerals. Photograph: iStock

IGI launches educational resources to support learning and counter ‘misinformation’

Most pregnant women who get Covid-19 have mild to moderate symptoms and the risk of passing the disease onto their baby is low. File photograph: iStock.

New warnings from HSE and obstetricians will add to concerns of expectant mothers

The carbon disclosure project (CDP) measures the environmental impact of companies on behalf of 590 leading global investors. Photograph: iStock

CDP says number of Irish companies reporting is up from 31 to 47

 Unless the Covid-19 recovery directs investments in clean energy  emissions ‘will likely start increasing again within a few years’, the authors note. File photograph: Getty

Reductions due to coronavirus pandemic will prove temporary, concludes global stocktake

Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan: “Local authorities have a hugely important role to play in addressing the biodiversity crisis.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

National Parks and Wildlife Service scheme to help local authorities with extra funding

Brown Thomas on Grafton Street, Dublin.

Group to cut emissions by 50% and stop selling beauty products containing glitter

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan at North Bull Island, in Dublin: ‘These habitats are the jewels in the crown of Ireland’s natural heritage.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government approves ‘framework for investment’ up to 2027

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