Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, the most commonly used herbicide in the world. Photograph: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Population subjected to ‘low exposure’ but within EU safety limits, NUIG study finds

A blue flag standard is an international award which recognises outstanding compliance with bathing water quality and sewage treatment regulations. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Has your local beach made the list? 83 Irish beaches and seven marinas achieve the accolade

Workers bees and a queen bee, yellow spot on back. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bee populations in Ireland and globally have declined significantly, making them endangered

Cancer Trials Ireland rolls out Just Ask Your Doctor! campaign,  calling on those with cancer to ask their doctor if there is a relevant cancer trial that they can join to increase their treatment options. From left,  Evelyn O’Rourke, member of the board of Cancer Trials Ireland, Prof Bryan Hennessy, clinical lead, Cancer Trials Ireland, Ashley Bazin, team leader, oncology/haematology, Tallaght Hospital, Dr Linda Coate, vice clinical lead, Cancer Trials Ireland & consultant medical oncologist, University Hospital Limerick with patient Advocates Patrick Kivlehan, Johnstown, Kildare and Emma Corcoran,  Lusk, north County Dublin.  Photograph:  Andres Poveda

Experts say tisotumab vedotin potentially promising against cervical cancer

At the launch of  Cancer Trials Ireland’s  Just Ask Your Doctor! campaign: patient advocate Eddie Mac Eoin from Bandon, Cork, with his two grandchildren, James Noonan  and Laoise McAdam. Photograph:  Andres Poveda

Prof Bryan Hennessy says decline in Government funding makes it difficult for clinical trials

Wind and solar power will be at the heart of an imminent transformation of the Irish energy system where every consumer and community will have an opportunity to benefit, a conference has heard. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Wind farmers’ group meeting hears draconian planning system delaying projects

Photograph: Getty Images

An estimated 10,000 people in Ireland are resistant to current treatments for epilepsy

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Failures to achieve targets in period up to 2020 are ‘ticking exchequer timebomb’

With five locations in Dublin failing to meet minimum standards –  Portrane, Rush South, Loughshinny, Merrion Strand and Sandymount Strand (above) – Dublin’s bathing waters were worse than in 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Green Party’s David Healy says raw sewage being discharged into Capital’s bathing areas

Sandymount Strand joined the EPA’s “poor” list after being classified of “sufficient” quality in 2015 and 2016. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Seven coastal bathing waters ‘vulnerable to pollution’ fail to meet minimum standard

In south Dublin, Merrion and Sandymount Strands failed failed to meet EU water quality standards due to polluted surface waters, drainage “misconnections” and bird fouling. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Beaches fail to meet EU standards due to surface pollution and sewage discharges

The compostable coffee cup and lid that will be introduced in all SuperValu and Centra stores from next September - it will be suitable for disposal in brown waste bins.

SuperValu and Centra to introduce compostable cups, lids suitable for brown bins

A bumblebee feeds on nectar: To address declines in pollinating insects, an All-Ireland Pollinator Plan was launched in 2015.  Photograph: Jane Powers

Of 98 Irish wild bee species, one-third are threatened with extinction, monitors find

Minister for Business  Heather Humphreys announced a scheme to address labour shortages in horticulture, meat processing and dairying. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Scheme aims to address labour shortages in horticulture, meat processing and dairying

Collaborative research: Niall FitzGerald believes that building on relationships with the UK will enhance Ireland’s international competitiveness. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty

State could be globally significant research centre after Brexit, Niall FitzGerald believes

Minister of State for Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan:  “In the context of the UK withdrawing from the EU, Ireland needs to continue to cultivate ties with world-leading educational institutes in the UK.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Despite disruption, bilateral research to continue with extra funding from Dublin

 Oxford University’s vice-chancellor Prof Louise Richardson:  said the Government needs to  restore third level in the State’s universities if Ireland is to benefit from the opportunities after Brexit. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Lack of education funding sees Irish universities fall in global rankings, conference told

Marijuana plants stand in a US grow facility. Restricted use still applies in Ireland Photograph: /Bloomberg

Use of these forms of cannabis is very restricted despite moves to permit limited use

Research by the Cochrane Review scientific network confirms that the human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV) is very effective in reducing cases of cervical cancer. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

‘No evidence’ to support doubters of cervical cancer preventer

An artist rendition of ‘hot Saturn’ WASP-96b.  Image: Engine House VFX

DCU astronomer and team seek greater understanding of planets beyond solar system

Brian McNelis of Brokers Ireland: “Consumers and businesses need the protection of insurance. Too many have been left bereft.” File photograph: Getty Images

Businesses and householders find persistent difficulties with cover in spite of major works

“A straw which is only used on average for 20 minutes can take more than 200 years to break down into smaller pieces, and often does not fully disintegrate.” File photograph: Getty Images

Plastic straws among items to be banned in EU under proposed legislation from EC

Minister of State  Kevin “Boxer” Moran, Vincent Rhattigan of the OPW  and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announcing a first tranche of €257 million for 50 new flood relief schemes. Photograph: Johnny Bambury/Fennell Photography

Flood defence scheme is first national co-ordinated response to climate change

Fluoride is added to public drinking water to help reduce tooth decay, especially in young people.

Comprehensive study evaluated consumption of the mineral fluoride in Irish diet

Rannoch Moor in the central Scottish Highlands, was the epicentre of the last ice cap in Scotland. Photograph: Gordon Bromley.

Climate change scientists base findings on what happened to Scotland’s last glaciers

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten defended the Government’s commitment to tackling climate change. File photograph:  Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

‘It is critical that Ireland joins with this coalition and supports efforts... the EU’s climate commitments’

Denis Naughten: ‘The SDGs challenge every country to make a clean break with business as usual.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

New plans sets out to implement 19 actions to by 2020 with all goals to be achieved by 2030

On-the-spot litter fines will be “substantially increased” from the current €150, under the changes planned by Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten. Photograph: Dara Grehan

Eamon Ryan criticises Government for being ‘all at sea’ on single-use plastic waste

Endangered: bird species such as the curlew (above) and hen harrier are seriously threatened, according to Oonagh Duggan of Environmental Pillar. Photograph: Andrew Howe/iStock/Getty

Lack of political will ‘condemning Irish nature to loss and decline’, NGOs warn

Minister for Communications Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Denis Naughten said he was looking at recommendations in the new EU Plastic Strategy for national administrations to see what else could be delivered in a short timeframe.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

However, proposed levy on non-recyclable coffee cups will not be introduced

The scene at the burst water main at Roughgrange, Donore, Co Meath in July 2017. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Large-scale service failure is unavoidable from time to time,’ managing director says

Groups opposing Irish Water’s €1.3 billion plan to pipe water to Dublin say  the capital’s supply issues should be deal with by fixing leakages.

Independent review needed to settle differences over €1.3 billion pipeline scheme, says Sinn Féin TD

The Shannon river. Following extraction and treatment, water will be piped to a termination point reservoir in Co Dublin before connecting into the greater Dublin network. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Extra 330m litres a day will be required in the Dublin region by 2050, says Irish Water

“Over half of the water produced is used in our homes and businesses. The rest, 658m litres of water, is lost through leaking pipes every day”

Water utility says future needs of eastern and midland regions ‘cannot be met by fixing leaks’

A display of plastic at Nolan’s supermarket in Clontarf. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move by some outlets follows ‘shop and drop’ over weekend, says campaign co-ordinator

A computer generated image of the Hinkely Point C reactor in southwest England. File photograph: Hayes Davidson/AFP/Getty Images

Activists criticise Government’s failure to engage with public over Hinkley Point C

 A ‘shop and drop’ plastics protest in Rathmines,  Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish activists engage in a ‘shop and drop’ to highlight levels of unwanted packaging

‘Shop and drop’ urges people to leave packaging in supermarkets

 A display of plastic at Nolan’s supermarket in Clontarf, north Dublin,  explaining  how the supermarket plans to  tackle the problem of excessive plastics.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Saturday’s ‘shop and drop’ day to remove plastic packaging being held in 100s of stores

A display of plastic at Nolan’s supermarket in Clontarf, which is committing to eliminating unnecessary packaging from its shelves.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Shoppers urged to hand back plastic packaging at checkouts during Saturday’s protest

Aidan Whelan, manager at Nolan’s supermarket in Clontarf, and customer Irene Lavin from Clontarf, beside a giant display of waste plastic. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nolan’s in Clontarf commits to eliminating unnecessary wrapping and packaging

The Citizens’ Assembly has called for the ‘eradication of single use plastics particularly in supermarkets and the imposition of penalties for failure to comply’. Photograph: Getty Images

Report outlines extra recommendations to the Government on tackling climate change

There were 3,800 electric vehicles (EVs) on Irish roads by the end of 2017 but registrations of new and imported EVs are currently up by 40 per cent compared to same period last year. File photograph: Getty Images

Registrations of new and imported EVs up 40% compared to same period last year

Boxer dogs Tyson and Lexie, from Ringsend, Dublin, enjoying the warmer weather in the sea at Sandymount. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Winter gave us low average temperatures, dumpings of snow and months with little Sun

 Holstein dairy cattle. A total of 23,000 dairy farmers are to receive advice on best practice on sustainability and  maintaining water quality. Photograph: Getty Images

Drive towards better environmentally-friendly farming practices

The Government’s new River Basin Management Plan will overhaul management of 190 bodies of water nationally. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/THE IRISH TIMES

River Basin Management plan will overhaul management of 190 bodies of water nationally

River Basin Management Plan ‘lacks ambition’ and political will, critics say

Plastic waste  washed ashore  on Sanur beach in Bali, Indonesia,  April 12th. Photograph: Epa/Made Nagi

Discovery could result in recycling solution for millions of plastic bottles and containers

Heavy drinking costs others some €873m annually, a new HSE study has found.

Reducing harm to family, colleagues and strangers is an urgent public health issue, says HSE

The Mungret decision has been criticised by Limerick Against Pollution, which was critical of  a proposal to burn used tyres in kilns used in the manufacturing process at an oral hearing last September

Proposed Limerick and Meath developments were opposed by environmental groups

A shrine on the the site of the former mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Zappone to examine report from UCD-TCD scientists on DNA extraction at burial site

Tuam babies: an altar at the Co Galway burial ground. Photograph: Barry Cronin

UCD-TCD science team disagree with ‘pessimistic’ DNA-test findings of expert group

Tuam babies: an altar at the Co Galway burial ground. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Small bone samples can reveal identities of mother-and-baby-home remains

Tuam babies: Anna Corrigan accuses the State of trying to avoid an investigation. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Forensic DNA analysis must be pursued, says the Tuam Babies Family Group

Prof Peter Thorne is a professor in physical geography at Maynooth University with a particular expertise in extreme weather events and historical analysis of global warming

Maynooth’s Peter Thorne says panel’s work crucial in shaping response to global warming

Billions of cells known as neurons, connected through trillions of synapses, make up the human brain. Mapping neurons helps  find answers on how they connect and respond to a stimulus.

Crowd-sourced science moves to new level with the help of artificial intelligence

An emergency fodder delivery arrives from the UK to the Dairygold Co-Op in Ballymakeera, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

‘No super-crop out there’ for Irish farmers to fall back on during feed shortages

Pat Murray, of Knocknagapple, Monaseed, Co Wexford is one of the many farmers finding it difficult to feed their livestock. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Agriculture minister admits feed supplies for farmers are worsening, with imports needed

Ireland, the UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands had the highest percentage of their fishing quotas for 2018 in excess of scientific advice. Photograph: Annie Sakkab/Bloomberg

Analysis shows Government repeatedly went against scientific advice in EU quota talks

 Pat Murray, of Knocknagapple, Monaseed, Co Wexford is one of the many farmers  finding it difficult to feed their livestock. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Minister for Agriculture orders review of supplies and relief measures for farmers

Attracta Uí Bhroin of the Environmental Law Implementation Group at a press briefing in Dublin on the UK’s nuclear power plans. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Irish Government and public urged to comment on Hinkley facility before April 17th

EPA figures show Ireland’s level of sulphur dioxide (SO2) continues to be well below EU emission limits. The main sources of SO2 are power generation, industrial activity and residential activity, including solid fuel burning. File photograph: Getty Images

Pollutants hit air quality, cause respiratory problems, and pollute soil and surface water

 UK consumers use an estimated 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year; three billion of which are incinerated, sent to landfill or end up as litter in urban areas, the countryside and the seas, officials said. Photograph: Getty

So far idea of deposit return scheme has met with resistance among Irish retailers and recycling industry

Luke O’Neill (centre) with his team Niamh Williams, Eva Palsson-McDermott, Luke O’Neill, James Early, Kathy Banahan, Alex Hooftman, Marah Runtsch, Richard Carroll (back), Sarah Corcoran, Dylan Ryan and Stefano Angiari with a sample of itaconate, a metabolite made from glucose that is an anti-inflammatory found naturally in the body. Photograph: Alan Betson

Trinity College researchers play leading role in breakthrough discovery

Red dwarf: an artist’s impression of a flaring star and a nearby planet. Illustration: Roberto Molar Candanosa/Carnegie/Nasa

Astronomers say I-Lofar has reached milestone eight months after opening

Illegal dumping on the Sally Gap:  Dara Grehan described finding “medical waste, latex gloves and medical wrappers, probably syringes ...  household rubbish, nappies”. Photograph: Dara Grehan

Local Dara Grehan criticises lack of prompt response to fly-tipping along Sally Gap

Irish workers bees and a queen bee with a yellow spot on back pictured in a hive. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Pollinators, especially bees, are in decline due to habitat loss; disease and pesticide use

Prof Malcolm MacLachlan and  and Prof John J. Walsh have been awarded gold medals by the Royal Irish Academy for their respective contributions to psychology and geology. Photo: John T Ohle Photography.

Prof Malcolm MacLachlan and Prof John J. Walsh praised for ‘world-renowned contributions’

 Pictured at the Irish Research Council announcement were: (l to r) Prof Ursula Kilkelly, member of the council; Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills; Laureate awardee, Dr Dawn Walsh, University College Dublin and Laureate awardee and  Dr Larisa Florea, Dublin City University.  Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

DCU scientist to develop ‘micro-vehicles to navigate through body to ... treat diseases’

 Denis Naughten,  Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Lord Gardiner at  Farmleigh House. Photograph:

Co-ordinated UK-Irish efforts, including ‘check, clean, dry’ protocol for water activities

But there is a new willingness among to act more sustainably

 A firefighter surveys the damage at the scene of the at the Metro Hotel, Ballymun after Wednesday night’s fire. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Ballymun fire illustrates need for enhanced risk assessments and resources, say unions

The scene of the  Metro Hotel in Ballymun, Dublin, after firefighters extinguished the blaze. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Firefighters’ unions seek urgent meeting with Eoghan Murphy over ‘ignored’ concerns

Members of the Trinity Walton Club.  Photograph:  Sharppix

The club helps second-level students develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and communication

People and businesses across the European Union produce 58 million tonnes of plastic every year; more than 40 per cent of that total comes from packaging alone. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The EU has taken the radical step of committing to ensuring all plastic in Europe will be recyclable by 2030

Chief executive Terry Fox holding a re-cyclable and a compostible cup at Cup Print, Ballymaley Business Park, Ennis, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Cup Print produces eco-friendly compostable cups while Bewley’s offers compostable coffee capsules

 Minister for the  Environment Denis Naughten believes  Europe has an opportunity to be a global environmental leader. Photograph: Julien Behal

Minister says local communities will be critical in battle against illegal dumping

A certain level of plastic was needed for food safety purposes, but retailers did not use excess packaging because it was costly, Mr Burke said.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

However, retailers warn of ‘litter law implications’ if waste left behind

CHASE supporter Charlotte Cargin with her daughter Eliza protest the proposed incinerator by Indaver in Ringaskiddy, Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Regardless of what happens with Brexit, there is a need for all-Ireland co-operation to deal with waste

Drinks bottles are among the most common plastic objects found on European beaches. Photograph: Getty Images

The EU’s member states will need to build 250 sorting plants and 300 recycling factories by 2025

Coillte conference told Ireland would have a thriving bioeconomy if the right opportunities are provided

Responsible development and genuine community engagement are pre-conditions if the wind industry is going to continue to flourish, according to the IWEA. Photograph:  Nicolas Garcia/AFP/GettyImages)

IWEA conference hears wind energy could provide renewable energy for heat and transport as well as clean power for the electricity(...)

Plastic water bottles will be phased out of DCU by 2020. Photograph:  Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

Friends of the Earth targets supermarket packaging on day of action in April

Graphene, the world’s thinnest material, responds to electrical stimuli such as those from nerves, the spinal cord, heart, brain and muscles

Collagen and graphene combination also fights infection and enhances recovery

Traffic coming onto College Green in Dublin city centre: There was an assumption the Luas would dominate over buses and “everyone else would just have to put up with it”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘City could live or die’ by project when impact on tourism, business and footfall factored in

In 2016, 174,000 tonnes of brown bin waste were accepted at composting and anaerobic digestion facilities for treatment. Photograph: Alan Betson

Total of 12% more households had organic bins in 2016 compared to 2015

Government’s price monitoring group says eight waste firms already charging for recycling

Leading physicist  Prof Margaret Murnane was awarded the Science Foundation Ireland’s St Patrick’s Day Science Medal. Photograph: John Harrington

Taoiseach says Margaret Murnane and David McCourt have supported Irish research ‘ecosystem’

Ireland’s largest waste company says fees for recycling bins will be frozen

From April 19th Panda  will charge 80 cents per lift of recycling bins and 4.5 cents per kg of waste in green bins. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

China’s recent ban on plastics and paper sparks global increase in recycling prices

Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten pictured at a meeting with his Canadian counterpart Catherine McKenna in Toronto when he confirmed Ireland is to join the ‘Powering Past Coal’ alliance.

Ireland to join ‘Powering Past Coal’ international alliance to push end of coal use

A three dimensional image that helps to visualise the developing baby’s bones and joints. Image via TCD

Movement guides the cells and tissues of the embryo to build a robust yet flexible skeleton

Aldi Ireland has committed to ensuring 100% of its own-brand packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Retailer says 100% of its own-brand packaging will become recyclable or compostable

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued a recall of all Falcon Labs products due to the presence of illegal steroids and stimulants that pose a serious health risk to consumers.

Food Safety Authority issues recall of Falcon Labs supplements sold in shops and online

Night sky, uncontaminated by artificial light, seen over the Twelve Bens in Connemara, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Butler

First survey of night-time light will seek citizens’ participation

Danny Healy-Rae has said farmers  will be unfairly targeted and forced to pay for the €22 billion committed in the National Development Plan to tackling climate change. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TD says farmers will be forced to pay for the new measures as ‘Mother Teresa died’

Expansion of beef and dairy production having impact on pollution, hearing told

For treatments to be successful, early stages preceding full onset of Alzheimer’s need to be targeted. Illustration: iStock

Blood test developed by team at RCSI can diagnose brain disease in its early stages

A man lifts plastic at a makeshift recyling facility at Payatas district, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.  Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Reuters

Europe-wide move to reduce generation of plastic agreed as part of new EU strategy

The spotted lanternfish. The fish inhabits the deep Atlantic Ocean and is succumbing to microplastic pollution.

Irish-based researchers confirm plastic pollution is reaching deep into Atlantic Ocean

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