Dublin Bus chief executive Ray Coyne and NTA chief executive Anne Graham take delivery of the first hybrid double-decker buses at the  O’Connell Street headquarters of Dublin Bus on Tuesday. Photograph: Dublin Bus

New buses, which use diesel when not in electric mode, do not need to be re-charged using plug-in connections

Adam Kelly with his SciFest 2018 award. The Skerries student was named  BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year last January. File photograph: Keith Arkins

Adam Kelly (17) wins international award in Arizona for work on quantum computing

Matt Moran, director, BioPharmaChem Ireland, Ciara Peters, project manager, CRDI, Prof Pat O’Mahony, chief executive, CRDI and chair of future investment in clinical research steering committee at the launch of a strategic report, Future Investment in Clinical Research, in Dublin. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Each patient in a clinical trial will generate a benefit of about €13,500 to economy

Draft proposal on climate disruption aims for   70 per cent of Irish electricity needs to  come from renewable sources by 2030. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Draft proposal analysis calls for rapid decarbonisation of Irish economy and society

 A bee in flight approaches a flower ahead of  World Bee Day, which is drawing   attention  to the  ongoing decline of bee populations in industrialized nations across the globe. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Farming practices and urbanisation have placed insect world in acute danger, says president ahead of World Bee Day

The impact on cities, the biggest source of emissions on a per capita basis, will be dramatic, given what is envisaged in the electrification of transport and the built environment. File photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Success of Government’s efforts will hinge on people’s willingness to embrace technology

Demand for electricity increased by 2 per cent in 2018. The majority of electricity generated came from gas, followed by wind and then coal and peat

Despite ongoing shift to renewable energy, emissions only came down by 1.8% in 2018

A street with a pedestrian crossing near Vienna Hofburg Imperial Palace. Photograph: iStock

Austrian city regularly ranked as the most liveable city in the world

There is growing evidence microbes in the gut can play a key role in regulating brain functions, particularly emotional processing and behaviour.

UCC researchers find prebiotic compound promotes growth of beneficial microbes in gut

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton said the declaration of a national climate emergency by unanimous Dáil vote was more than symbolic, and signalled politicians wanted to take a leadership role. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Climate advocate says procurement must favour lowest carbon not lowest cost option

More than one in three Irish people believe they could not live without WiFi, with nearly 50 per cent of 19 to 24-year-olds saying they depend on it, according to a survey on attitudes to science.  Photograph: Bloomberg.

Close links to online services and mobile phones highlighted in study for BT Ireland

Irish butterfly populations have declined by  12 per cent over the past decade.

Study says 50 per cent of freshwaters are polluted, leading to decline in salmon stocks

The Irish baby born today: the First World problem of ‘where will I go on my holidays?’ may be replaced by ‘where is my next meal coming from?’ Photograph: Getty

An ever-depleting natural world has huge implications for the coming generation

The island of Ireland has gone a record length of time without using coal-fired electricity generation on its power system, Eirgrid has confirmed. File Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Stretch is longest time without using the fuel since all-island power market introduced in 2007

Speaking in the Dáil chamber, Mr Bruton had warned ‘everyone will have to make changes’. He noted sharp differences over who should pay carbon tax. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fossil fuels are essential part of transition to decarbonisation, says Bruton

Greenpeace: ‘We are heading towards climate breakdown . . . the Irish Government still have their heads firmly in the sand.’ File photograph: Getty

Eight coalesce in call for action at future of Europe summit to avert ‘climate breakdown’

The river  Blackwater at Fermoy, Co Cork. Photograph: Getty Images

Delegation tells the committee that damage to the weir has severely limited ability of anglers, rowers and other groups to use the(...)

Prof Andrew Bowie, Trinity College Dublin

Inflammation drives a range of diseases including diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s

Agriculture is by far the most common source of ammonia emissions, which arise from decomposition of animal manures and the application of fertiliser. File photograph: Reuters

Agency warns pollutants have implications for air and water quality and human health

The Government is about to publish its major blueprint on how Ireland will respond to demands of the landmark Paris Agreement and scale up ambition with a view to becoming ‘a climate leader’. Photograph: Getty Images

Net-zero emission plan drawn up by UK for 2050 calls for dramatic change

“In the near future . . . ladybirds, robins, bees and dandelions may only be learned about through pictures,” says Senator Grace O’Sullivan.

Children may have to be taught about life forms ‘in the past tense’, claims Senator

“The opportunity to intervene effectively is limited to years – not centuries”

Collapse of nature poses an existential threat to Planet Earth

The corncrake, known for its rasping call, was once widespread across the countryside, but the population was decimated by mechanised farming. Photograph: iStock

Humans responsible for extinction of 680 vertebrate extinctions since 1500

Beach pollution at Kuta beach, Bali. Photograph: Maxim Blinkov/Shutterstock

Scale of this decline ‘eroding foundations of economies, livelihoods, food security’

Every EU country has grid-level solar already in place, as does Northern Ireland. Amarenco’s chairman says it has been waiting three years to progress 16 projects in the Republic. Photograph:  Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

Amarenco chief says delays mean we will not meet renewable energy production target

Aerial view of the Iriri River in the  Amazon Rainforest.   Brazil is home to more than half of the world’s plant and animal species. Photograph:  Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty

Sixth wave of extinction dawns as planet’s life-support systems near danger zone

 Astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell with the five scientists (Niamh Kavanagh, Christopher Broderick, Sarah Guerin, Adam Kelly and Vijaykumar V Jadhav) chosen to represent Ireland in Germany at the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Research council chooses candidates from variety of areas for conference in Germany

“The emergency is clear – we are destroying our children’s future, their natural ecosystem, their climate, their mental wellbeing and their quality of life.” Photograph: Getty Images

Councillors took unanimous decision after they were briefed by local students who took part in school strikes for climate action

Coillte forester John Connolly surveys a mass of industrial and domestic waste dumped illegaly in a managed forest outside Kingscourt, Co Cavan. Photograph: Barry Cronin

State forestry agency believes at least 30 trucks left waste over ‘two or three days’

The Bord na Móna case would be watched closely by workers and communities elsewhere – such as Moneypoint where the ESB has a large power station – and serve as a litmus test for how Ireland manages the transition and ensures decent jobs.

‘Glaring absence of strategy that would help ensure that workers are not abandoned’

Numbers of wild salmon in Ireland peaked in the mid-1970s, when about 1.7 million returned. Today returns are estimated at some 200,000. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Mounting concern at Inland Fisheries Ireland about decline in wild salmon population

Marine survival peaked in or around 1986, with approximately 31 of every 100 salmon which set out on the perilous journey from an Irish river to the Atlantic. File photograph: Getty

Mounting concern at Inland Fisheries Ireland about decline in wild salmon population

A salp which is a jellyfish-like species known as zooplankton that brings carbon dioxide to the ocean floor where it is stored. Photograph: Ken O’Sullivan/Sea Fever Productions

Oceans store up to half of all carbon dioxide produced by mankind in the last 200 years

A view of a rail line in Co Offaly after the removal of hedges and trees by Irish Rail. Photograph: Pippa Hackett

Greens’ Pippa Hackett had said firm engaged in ‘catastrophic’ removal of hedges and trees

83 per cent believe sustainability is a global issue needing to be addressed while 51 per cent choose products based on whether they are sustainable.

Sign of the Times: We are far from lifestyle overhaul needed to avoid climate breakdown

The upgrade works will deploy innovative technology to remove pollutants.

Treated sewage effluent is currently discharged into the bay at an outfall in Poolbeg

Children run alongside Moses, an energetic 17-year-old miniature pony, on the opening day of Dublin City Council’s first urban farm at St Anne’s Park, Raheny. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Working farm gives Dubliners chance to learn about raising animals and growing food

Land cleared for crops at the border of indigenous land in the Brazilian Cerrado. Photograph: Larissa Rodrigues

Coalition urges European Commission to take urgent action in trade negotiations

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton  at a panel discussion on sustainability and climate change at the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union Annual Assembly at Liberty Hall. Photograph: Kevin O’Sullivan

Minister defends Government actions during discussion at student conference

Do a quick and dirty online ecological footprint calculation to figure out what your biggest environmental impacts are, and focus on them. Photograph: iStock

Living a truly sustainable life in 21st-century Ireland is impossible but even small actions will have an impact

“The visibility factor” has led to a welcome change in attitudes. It prompted widespread abhorrence about plastic impacts on the marine environment, graphically highlighted by Blue Planet II television series.

Repak on the changing landscape when it comes to recycling, reducing and embracing sustainability

A boardwalk at Abbeyleix Bog, Co Laois. File photograph: Bord na Mona

Peatlands scheme aims to encourage local groups to improve bogs in their areas

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness: Climate Action Network Europe’s “quirky labelling of individuals and parties is being used to paint some as climate saints and others as climate sinners”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Mairead McGuinness rejects CAN study for its ‘limited analysis and quirky labelling’

An Air Corps helicopter drops water on a gorse fire in Co Donegal at the weekend. Photograph: Air Corps/Facebook

Irish Wildlife Trust says habitats and wildlife devastated through years of annual wildfires

The Wangi-wangi white-eye (left) and the Wakatobi white-eye (right) are very different species. Photograph: Nicola Marples and David Kelly

Wakatobi white-eye and Wangi-wangi white-eye found by Irish team in Indonesia

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton: “Ireland has not broken the link between economic growth and prosperity and greenhouse gases.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

International Energy Agency wants ‘to get country back on track for long-term targets’

ESB power station at Shannonbridge. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Groups say Shannonbridge plan will not reduce carbon emissions in electricity creation

Farmers Malita (25) and Nelson (44) inspect what is left of their crops after flooding in Nsanje, Malawi. Their crop was ruined just one month before  harvest. Photograph: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide

Conservation agriculture proving effective among vulnerable African communities

Climate change activists sit on Waterloo Bridge in an environmental protest by Extinction Rebellion, in London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrations around the world demand governments take action on climate change

Companies giving rise to persistent odour, noise or dust emissions problems are highlighted on the EPA’s list, with updates every quarter. File photograph: George Clerk/iStock

Environmental watchdog rebukes five industrial sites for emissions management

Our collective attention span is narrowing, and this effect goes beyond social media as it can be seen across diverse domains including books, web searches, and movies. Photograph: iStock

Crisis stems from a ‘fear of missing out’ on social media and 24-hour breaking news

Michael Ewing, Coordinator of the Environmental Pillar group: ‘There is a clear and urgent need for a sense of direction and understanding as to how Ireland will take action to aggressively respond to the imminent threat of climate change’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Coalition of environmental organisations have ‘warmly welcomed’ new report measures

Oireachtas report calls for legislation to  to limit emissions. Photograph: Getty

Report calls for laws to set more ambitious climate and renewable electricity targets

Lead in  pipes can leach  in to the water. Some pipes, especially in Dublin, date back to Victorian times. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

Irish Water to spend €370m in next decade on 180,000 homes believed to be affected

Richard Boyd Barrett: he said  they had to discuss how to respond to the Government’s  “baby steps”  on climate change

People Before Profit says there was every risk carbon taxes would become the only tool deployed to address carbon emissions

Students take part in a strike for action on climate change: Ireland has been singled out for its ‘lack of focus’ on  targets. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

EU’s climate action group says national plan ‘does not demonstrate high ambition’

Multi-can packs will be replaced with cardboard packs, which are sustainably sourced, recyclable and fully biodegradable. Photograph: Naoise Culhane/PA Wire

Diageo says change is equal to removing 40 million 50cl plastic bottles from the world

Dublin District Heating Scheme will be linked to Covanta’s waste-to-energy plant in Ringsend. Construction is expected to begin by 2020. Photograph: Eric Luke

District heating is viable, low-carbon solution to match most of Ireland’s energy demands

Projects from the life and physical sciences, humanities and social sciences were awarded funding. Photograph: Getty Images

Topics range from breast cancer treatment to 3D-printed batteries and cultural mapping

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary ‘This idea that by taxing something we’re just going to reduce its use is nonsense’. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

O’Leary dismissed trend of veganism in an interview with the Farmer’s Journal

Abbot Celestine Cullen OSB of Glenstal Abbey. made an outstanding contribution to the Benedictine order.

91-year-old ‘shaped and defined Glenstal Abbey School’ into successful institution

The first ever photo of a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes, conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project. Photograph: Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)/National Science Foundation/Reuters

Feat described as equivalent to ‘locating an apple on the surface of the moon’

IFA President Joe Healy at the launch of the associations European and local elections manifesto said he had ‘never seen such despair in the beef sector’ as at the moment. Photograph : Laura Hutton

Farmers’ organisation launched manifesto for EU and local government elections

  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York: The Green New Deal is a proposal offered by progressive Democrats that would dramatically shift the United States away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy. Photograph: Saul  Loeb/ AFP/Getty Images

Decades of federal ‘gridlock’ mean US is way behind on commitments, report reveals

 Since 2017, the Anti-Dumping Initiative programme has removed some 5,000 tonnes of illegal waste from fly-tipping blackspots. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Communities need to work with authorities to stamp out fly tipping, Minister says

Renewable energy: One of the committee’s priorities would be to ensure the carbon tax is applied in a fair manner as Ireland transitions way from being a high fossil fuel-intensive industry. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Move follows publication of cross-party report on climate change action

Recommendations include turning the thermostat down a degree, reducing shower time and washing clothes at 30 degrees. Photograph: iStock

Along with a one-hour switch-off on Saturday, households are asked to take up an extra good habit

The cross-party committee recommends scaling up adoption of renewable energy.

Climate Action Committee report sets out series of measures to combat global warming

Sumaya Mohammed (12) of Cork Educate Together Secondary School told the climate committee: ‘We should be enjoying life having carefree thoughts and not having to worry about the future of the world. Yet we are here telling you how to do your job.’

Students tell Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action to ‘stop taking baby steps’

Agriculture is the largest contributor to Irish carbon emissions by sector; accounting for 33.3 per cent of national emissions in 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

Teagasc’s 2017 sustainability report confirms income gap between dairy and other farm types

Legal Aid Board ruled its aid was only available to individuals and not companies

Fianna Fáil spokesman Barry Cowen said constituencies such as his own of Offaly, where Bord na Móna has a significant presence, could see its industries affected. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party insisting on funds being reinvested in affected communities during report negotiations

Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley: he said there was a need to increase carbon taxes, but it was unclear how those most affected would be supported

Fine Gael TD says time for talking on carbon tax is over as public wants politicians to act

Tom Finnegan and Pawel Szawernoga from Fintos Electric Cars with their prototype, Spika, a carbon neutral electric car to be built in Ireland, at the SEAI Energy Show at the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Prototype of Spika on display at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Energy Show

The current carbon tax adds about 5.3 cents to a litre of diesel. Photograph: iStock

What is it, how much will it cost and how will it work?

A dairy cow fixed with technology that collects and measures methane emissions grazes at Moorepark Teagasc food research centre in Fermoy, Co Cork. Photograph: Rachel Doyle

Agriculture sector, Ireland’s biggest, remains 'largest emitter of greenhouse gases'

Mary Robinson: ‘In Africa I saw the devastating impacts [of climate change] on poor farmers, villagers and communities.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Former president argues that denial robs world’s poorest of their human rights

Rowan Kelly from Bray with other members of Climate Strike Fridays for Future, spending the 13th consecutive Friday protesting about Climate Change outside the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

FF spokesman on climate action says party would support raising carbon taxes incrementally

Turbines at sea. The seas off the west coast have some of the strongest wind resources in the world.

A full-scale floating wind turbine will be deployed for testing at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland site near Belmullet

People are escorted to safety by aid workers at the airport of the coastal city of Beira in central Mozambique on March 19th after the area was hit by the Cyclone Idai. Photograph: Adrien Barbier/AFP/Getty

They have fewer resources to prepare for the storms or to survive their effects

Just nine per cent of plastic is recycled. More than eight millions tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. Photograph: iStock

Irish company says it will use recovered ocean plastic in manufacturing of insulation

Prof Damien Woods of Maynooth University. Photograph: Daniel Balteanu

Damien Woods is ‘embedding an algorithm within chemistry to control chemical processes’

‘If the pigs are barking like dogs they are happy’.  Scientists have developed facial recognition technology to assess pigs’ emotional states

Listening to pigs ‘like hearing children in a playground’

Participants in the march for climate change to the Dáil last Friday.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘It is beyond the means of many people to retrofit their homes,’ says Solidarity- PBP TD

 Children from Glasnevin Educate Together National School in Dublin holding a  protest  to raise awareness of the urgency for positive action in addressing climate change. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Thousands of Irish students join school strikes across the planet

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

Fridays for Future: ‘These are our lives that are being put in danger. Politicians, do something’

Part of crowd striking for climate change on Molesworth street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Protestors seeking urgent action to address the growing threat of climate change

From left: , Emily Walsh, Aoibhinn Leahy, Jane McNamara, Susan O’Neill and Aishling O’Neill from Laurel Hill Secondary School in Limerick city who were announced as winners of the 2019 Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition. Photograph:  Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Runners-up explore mental health among farmers and rural communities

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, attends a protest next to Sweden’s parliament in Stockholm on March 8th. The sign reads ‘School strike for the climate’. Photograph: Ilze Filks/Reuters

Young protesters highly critical of Government response to date on the issue

A mural shows Australian prime minister Scott Morrison holding a lump of coal as it advertises a rally by students across the world to protest against climate change, in Melbourne. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

What you can do about it, and why there is hope that we can tackle its worst effects

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said economic evidence had indicated how a fee-and-dividend model of carbon pricing was cash positive for those on lower incomes. Photograph: Alan Betson

Measure opposed by Sinn Féin and Solidarity would benefit poor, Green Party leader says

The conference heard that what Ireland lacked, was a policy framework to support offshore. File photograph: Bloomberg

Boosting renewable energy capacity possible ‘if we embrace our offshore wind potential’

From left: Prof Mark Ferguson-director general of SFI and chief scientific adviser to the Government; Prof Eamonn Quigley, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology Houston Methodist Hospital; Mr Michael Mahoney, CEO of Boston Scientific, and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton. Photograph: Greg M. Cooper/SFI

Prof Eamonn Quigley receives St Patrick’s Day Science Medal at event in Boston

In 2018, wind energy met a record 29 per cent of Irish electricity demand, the IWEA confirmed in its yearly review

Electricity grid will soon have to cater to 100% renewable energy, says Mark Foley

Eamon Ryan Green Party TD listens to students from 10 representative schools calling for a mass protest during the school day on Friday 15th March to demand action from the Irish Government on climate change at the Dail. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Carbon tax row escalates as PBP say draft report leak ‘transparent attempt to sell tax as inevitable and good’

16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg calling for urgent measures to combat climate change. Photograph: Morris Mac Matzen/Reuters

More than 21 events taking place coinciding with schools strikes for action

The red squirrel, although still quite widespread, has disappeared from many forests as a result of competition and disease spread by the greys. Photograph: Joe Kilroy

Public asked to record sightings of species to track red squirrel population’s recovery

The discharge was photographed by an amateur photographer using a drone  eight hours after the incident. Photograph: Eoin O’Shaughnessy

Discharges likely to continue until upgrade of Ringsend plant is completed, agency says

Students for Schools Striking 4 Climate at the Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Six demands outlined at informal meeting with more than 20 Senators and TDS

 Alannah from Loreto College Junior School, St Stephen’s Green, working with her team on their ESB Science Blast project. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic

Research reveals belief science education will give children an advantage in future careers

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