Biology teacher Sinead Reilly from O’Connell School in Dublin playing ‘guess the organ’ during a ‘blood and guts’ demonstration with pupils from Dublin 7 Educate Together National School in Grangegorman. as part of  Schools Science Day. Photograph: Kevin O’Sullivan

Schools Science Day marked at O’Connell’s in Dublin with visit from 300 junior students

Prof Terry Hughes was jointly awarded the 2018 Maddox Prize

Prof Terry Hughes is jointly awarded John Maddox Prize for bringing public attention to coral bleaching through Australian researc(...)

Ray McCabe of McCabe’s Deli in Dublin who for Food Month is promoting his smaller-sized items to go with morning tea/coffee.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

As portion sizes increase, especially for snack foods, Kevin O’Sullivan looks at ways to beat the bulge

Secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Public Reform, Robert Watt  said ‘pricing carbon works and it should be the primary tool in our arsenal to combat climate change’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Consumers, industry and business to face higher taxes on fossil fuels – Robert Watt

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon near Athlone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Eamon Ryan says change not radical enough and past schemes should be climate-proofed

 Alison Duggan, student at St Colman’s Community College, Midleton, Co Cork speaking at the Evidence Matters event at the Houses of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Young people, environmental organisations, and others address TDs and Senators

On the research image of the year shortlist: A 3D printed miniature model of Trinity College’s iconic Campanile shown in front of a housefly (Musca domestica). The model is only 2mm tall. It was fabricated using 3D two-photon lithography in AMBER’s new Additive Research Laboratory, where a unique suite of cutting edge Additive Manufacturing tools - 3D printers - are used in cross platform projects including energy storage systems, opto-electronics and medical devices. Photograph: Dr Matthias Kremer TCD

Prof John Boland among leading Irish scientists to feature in SFI annual awards

David McCourt told Science Foundation Ireland’s science summit that every innovation over the past 30 years had a link to the internet and/or GPS systems, which would not have existed with government backing.

Trustworthy information on big data increasingly hard to find, science summit hears

An  Irish Academy of Engineering report claims  substantial reliance on natural gas in the Irish energy system is unavoidable for at least 22 years.

Stop Climate Chaos says natural gas supply makes electricity and heat supply insecure

Prof Linda Doyle of Trinity College Dublin  with researcher of the year award-winner John Boland at the SFI Science Summit on Monday. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Prof Linda Doyle says action needed to ensure more women fill senior academic posts

The weird and wonderful of Science Week: Jonathan McCrea, The Sugar Club, Dubland and others on show this week.

Experts at the ready to answer your questions on social media initiative #StopAndAsk

Green Party: Pippa Hackett, Eamon Ryan and Grace O’Sullivan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Green Party legislation would help 500 Bord na Móna workers set to lose jobs in midlands

US secretary of energy Dr Ernest Moniz: “I think after the Paris accord the world is heading to a low-carbon economy.” Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Ex-US secretary of energy believes Paris accord was key first step but not enough to address global warming

Adam Kelly, a fifth year student from Skerries Community College, is the overall winner at SciFest 2018 Photograph: Keith Arkins

Will represent Ireland at 2019 international Science and Engineering Fair in Arizona

The new Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton (left) says Project Ireland 2040 was designed to ensure that future growth is “compact, connected and sustainable”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Environment’s plan will need co-operation of Government and Oireachtas

Richard Bruton: ‘I want to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change, not a follower’. File photograph: Tom Honan

New Minister for Climate Action wants to make Ireland a leader in its response

The Dublin summit heard that just 100 companies are responsible for 70%   of global carbon emissions. Photograph: Getty Images

Dublin conference focuses on innovation needed in the global financial system to accelerate climate action

Until now, scientists did not know which elements of the gene held the secrets to understanding the all-important racing distance preference. Photograph: Getty images

Researchers from TCD and UCD discover the inner workings of a known ‘speed gene’

“The commercial development of wave energy converters is moving towards reality and is led by an Irish company,  Ocean Energy.” Photograph; Getty Images

‘Second Shannon scheme’ could be an offshore wave-power station off the Clare coast with a future extension off Kerry’

Stéphane Crouzat, French  ambassador  to Ireland,  Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, an indigenous woman from the Mbororo pastoralist community of Chad, and  Mary Robinson, president of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice at the  climate change conference in Trinity College, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former president urges every citizen to make the climate issue personal; to recycle, to reuse and to look at their consumption

Climate change has become for companies as investors seek information about their greenhouse gas emissions.  Picture Nick Bradshaw

‘100% Club’ will launch on fringes of European Climate Innovation Summit

At the ESB Inter Colleges Challenge is the winning DIT team: Brian King, Lee Gibbons with Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, William Tunstead, ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty and Cathal Kinirons.

Four students propose renewable energy solution for the agricultural sector

The technology is so reliable it is possible to identify an individual following exhumation decades after burial, and even to go back thousands of years analysing ancient DNA samples. Photograph: iStock

Techniques now routinely available are more precise, easier to deploy, quicker in getting results, and less expensive

Harvested common beans at Field Day in Bugesera District, Rwanda in June 2018. Photograph: T Muchaba, CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.

Climate change will reduce growth and nutritional value of key staple crop

The herpes simplex virus is highly contagious and can be easily passed from person to person by close direct contact

Baby died in hospital after contracting common cold sore virus days after her birth

The Government “must take additional actions on an urgent basis on climate change. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Government must take more effective measures, according to UN human rights expert

Brexit could spell environmental trouble for the Republic. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Lack of effective environmental regulation in the North may impact on the South

Safefood expresses concerns of lower standards being imposed on imports into UK

Richard Bruton: the Minister  is to review the  deposit and return scheme  to “ensure we better understand the impacts of introducing such a scheme on top of the existing successful collection system”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Under proposed directive, items such as straws, swabs, plates and cutlery would be banned by 2021

Africa, including sub-Saharan countries, was half way down a similar route which would eventually lead to sustained economic growth and stabilisation of its population too, expert predicts. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland could lead the way to joint approach to agriculture, climate, nutrition and health policies, says Tom Arnold

The fate of peat burning power stations in the Midlands, however, will largely depend on the extent to which the EPA will permit “co-firing of peat with biomass” in coming years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Peat was responsible for 3.4 million tonnes of emissions in Ireland during 2016

Other lifestyle factors may have contributed towards lower cancer risk in the study

Study authors say other healthy lifestyle factors could also be at play

Senator Grace O’Sullivan (Green Party), who introduced a Bill in Seanad two years ago proposing a ban on microplastics in Ireland, said the study illustrated the scale of the plastics problem. Photograph: Getty Images

Senator urges more research into human health impact of microplastics, as researchers estimate more than half of world population (...)

The report found that upgrade works are needed to protect four beaches with poor quality bathing water at Clifden, Co Galway;  Merrion Strand, Loughshinny; and Sandymount strands in Co Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ireland is not investing quickly enough in infrastructure to treat waste water, says Environmental Protection Agency

Recent papers by a team at at APC Microbiome Ireland research facility provide insight into the link between communities of bacteria and, critically, potential of a non-invasive test. File photograph: Getty Images

Ailment still a significant killer despite advances in screening and treatment

A  further €5.75 million is to be spent in developing the site, according to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

€22m BEACON research centre will be based at former mine in Lisheen

Fields Medal winner Prof Martin Hairer at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson St. Photograph: Tom Honan

Results-oriented teaching adds to perception problem, says Martin Hairer

Mathematicians Dr Fiacre Ó Cairbre, left, and Prof Anthony O’Farrell, both of Maynooth University,  received the Maths Week Ireland 2018 Award for raising public awareness of mathematics. Photograph:  John Ohle

O’Farrell and Ó Cairbre of Maynooth University honoured for raising public awareness

Among older adults ‘higher levels of circulating’ omega 3  from seafood ‘were associated with a lower risk of unhealthy ageing’, the sutdy found.

While lifespans are increasing in most countries, healthy lifespans are not

Farmers participating in the ‘Smart Farming’ voluntary programme reduced emissions by 9 per cent and saved an average of €7,170 a year, the EPA said.  Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Participants to share experience gained in project which aims to cut impact of farming on environment

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan speaks to the crowd outside Leinster House during a demonstration demanding action to tackle climate change. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Over 300 people gather at Leinster House to urge State action to prevent global warming

Licensed facilities are identified as priority sites for enforcement using a scoring system developed by the EPA. File photograph: Getty Images

Firms responsible for persistent odour, noise or dust emissions problems flagged by EPA

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

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