The Green Party claims traffic congestion costs Dublin close to €500m annually, rising  to €2bn by 2030. File photograph: The Irish Times

Bulk of expense from air pollution, congestion and subsidising fossil fuels, claims party

RTÉ has rejected calls for a dedicated leaders’ TV debate on the climate issue. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dedicated climate action debate is required owing to scale of situation, say campaigners

Peter O’Brien, pictured on Sandymount Strand, Dublin at the launch of One Future. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Faith, development, civil society, environmental groups set out nine demands for political parties

Robert Boyle: The day will begin with an examination of his life and work, emphasising his importance in developing and popularising the experimental method

Second Robert Boyle Winter School will examine critical contribution of Boyle and John Tyndall

The EPA report also strongly recommends local authorities should be working together more in tackling illegal waste operators

EPA report calls for more focus on enforcing waste segregation in households and businesses

More detailed recovery plans are needed for key species including farmland birds (notably the curlew); wintering waterbirds and breeding seabirds ‘to reverse devastating declines’, according to BirdWatch Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Environmental group urges overhaul of food policy and action to reverse declines in species

Green Party agriculture spokeswoman Pippa Hackett: “We have said all along this trade agreement was a bad idea, and this report confirms that to be the case.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Climate policies may be ‘undermined’ by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay

All parties in this general election know environmental issues will come up on the doorsteps – especially with younger voters. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Climate change stands out as a key concern but will it change how people use their votes?

If in Government, Leo Varadkar confirmed carbon taxes would increase by €6 per tonne annually up to 2030. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Fine Gael promises 70% renewable electricity by 2030; €8.6bn for transport

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg holds up a sign featuring the main slogan of her movement, ‘School strike for the climate’. Photograph: Ronald Patrick/Getty Images

Barry McMullin says crisis is ‘entirely different from all other issues’ in campaign

The Green Party has launched its air quality policy by highlighting one of Dublin’s air quality blackspots. From left: Cllr Roderic O’Gorman, Dublin West candidate, Cllr Neasa Hourigan, Dublin Central candidate and Cllr David Healy, Dublin Bay North candidate. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Party would increase air monitoring and ban cars in vicinity of schools

An analysis of 40,000 transactions and proximity to parks and green spaces including water shows parks have the most positive effect.  Photograph: iStock

Economists says case for such houses to have higher property taxes to be used for green spaces

Mixed marine litter washed up on Inchydoney beach in Co Cork during the 2019 Coastwatch survey. Photograph: Bernie Connolly

‘The turnaround is massive. We think it’s happening because of behavioural change’

 Former speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow opened his address in Dublin with “ciúnas, ciúnas!”; the nearest Irish equivalent to “order, order!” File photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Ex-speaker of House made comments at event marking end of Young Scientist exhibition

More than 60 private supplies were found to be contaminated with human or animal waste at least once during 2018. Photograph: iStock

Health of one million people in Ireland at risk as water monitoring ‘inadequate’

Ciarán Hayes, Sligo County Council, chief executive outlined a  wide range of new measures that would be driven by local authorities working with other State agencies. Photograph: Maxwell photography

Councils aim to tackle inevitable consequences of climate disruption

Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan (16) from Coláiste Choilm, Cork, whose project won them this year’s title of BT Young Scientists of the Year.  Photograph: Chris Bellew/ Fennell Photography 2020

Cork students Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan developed education programme to counter gender stereotyping

Amy Morrissey and Anna Ring demonstrate the effect of magnets on ants. Photograph: Kevin O’Sullivan

Winner announced in Dublin’s RDS on Friday evening

The changes would lead to challenges in the High Court or judicial review proceedings with inevitably high costs attached, says barrister Oisín Collins

Barrister says Bill would row back on entitlements for groups and citizens won with help of EU law

The brief in the “smelly grass” project conducted by sixth class pupils at Timoleague National School, Co Cork, was to identify which fertilisers worked best in garden and in a farm setting. Photograph: Timoleague National School/Facebook

Students present projects on fertilisers and countering bad breath at Dublin’s RDS

Oisín O’Sullivan, Desmond College, Limerick, with his iScope at the Cook Medical stand at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Photograph:  Andres Poveda

On day two of BTYSTE students show exciting projects with social and medical benefits

Emma O’Sullivan and Beth O’Halloran from Regina Mundi College, Cork being judged on their project: What makes a hit song. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Process is hectic and exacting as judges across four categories identify most significant work

Rebecca Murphy and Abbey Hehir from Clare, with their slurry pit  project, at the opening of BTYSTE  in the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Students from all over Ireland compete at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Leo Varadkar with students Alison Egan and Caoimhe Harrington (left) from Castleknock Community College. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

‘You remind us of what can be achieved when we turn those ideas into action,’ says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the official opening of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in the RDS on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unionist politicians deplore decision by Minister for Justice to call off planned RIC commemoration

Professor Brian Cox said he was amazed by students’ entries at the  BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography

Cosmologist speaks at Young Scientist exhibition in Dublin

Fianna Fáil’s climate spokesman Jack Chambers. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Party declines to indicate if it will support quick passage of legislation before an election

Rhys Morgan and Rob West from Morgan and West Unbelievable Science with Aditya Joshi (centre) from CBS Synge St at the launch of the BT Young Scientist Exhibiton. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

‘It gives you hope’, says BT Ireland managing director Shay Walsh

Young Scientist co-founder Dr Tony Scott with two first-year students from Loreto Foxrock at the Young Scientist event launch in 2017. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cofounder Dr Tony Scott says contest has had major impact on Irish innovation and entrepreneurship

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD confirmed methane, the greenhouse gas most associated with agriculture, would be subject to emissions reduction targets though he accepted some sectors might not have to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Expert advice suggests tipping point would be around 2024, Minister says

The greatest implications of the Climate Action (Amendment) Bill will lie with the transport, agriculture, housing and energy sectors, which are most responsible for rising Irish CO2 emissions. File photograph: Getty

Passing of Bill will end aspirational or voluntary targets that Ireland has failed to meet

Minister for Climate Action  Richard Bruton said it is his ambition to have the Bill enacted before an election. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Bill will force sectors to radically reduce carbon emissions over the coming decade

Flooding in  Jakarta, Indonesia: The world is dangerously behind in climate action, a scenario compounded by a weak outcome to the recent annual UN climate talks in Madrid. Photograph:  AP Photo/Dita Alangkara

Bill will bring about radical overhaul of climate policy but must be implemented soon

David Tobin, renewable energy director of Beauparc, at the Panda waste processing facility in Ballymount, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

EPA move will allow material to be diverted from landfill for use in road construction

Brown bin in Dublin.  File photo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government plans include levy for cigarette butt clean-up and pledge on fast fashion

Thunberg shows the placard ‘School strike for the climate’ upon her arrival in in Lisbon on December 3rd after crossing the Atlantic by boat. Photograph: Horacio Villalobos/Getty

Year in Review: Greta Thunberg is dictating course of unfolding environmental history

Climate activists outside the supreme court of the Netherlands in  The Hague on Friday ahead of a ruling in the landmark Urgenda case. Photograph: Mike Corder/AP

Supreme court upholds ruling in landmark ‘Urgenda case’, compelling government to act

Almost two-thirds of studies of nitrite-containing processed meat found a link with cancer, QUB researchers found. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Advice should be revised as ‘not all processed meat has same risk’, say researchers

Prof  Alston said Australia had awarded contracts worth billions to extract coal but parts of the country were ‘burning furiously’ due to bushfires. File photograph: David Gray/Bloomberg

Prof Philip Alston says ‘nobody is listening’ to science and responding accordingly

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has said a new European fisheries deal will be worth €275 million to the sector and will “protect the future of the fishing industry”. File Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Critics say EU leaders ‘have failed abysmally to meet legal deadline to end overfishing’

 Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed  and Spanish Minister of Agriculture Luis Planas during a European Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH) in Brussels. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA

Annual negotiations on agreeing quotas and allowable catches are continuing in Brussels

The scientific and farming consensus is that a ‘wildlife reservoir’ of infected badgers sustains TB. File photograph: Getty

TB in cattle can be spread by badgers, but cow-to-cow transfer more significant – research

COP25 president Carolina Schmidt called on countries to ‘strengthen political will’ and to accelerate climate action at the pace that the world needs.   Photograph:  Oscar Del Pozo/AFP via Getty Images

UN climate summit ends in deadlock as countries fail to agree on key issues

 Jennifer Morgan (centre) executive director of Greenpeace International, talks to reporters  on the last day of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid. Photograph: EPA

Negotiator says divide between those inside and outside the talks has never been so large

A woman carries her luggage past a sign of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Reuters

Analysis: wealthy countries again unwilling to compromise on national self-interest

Activists from international climate action group Extinction Rebellion protest after dumping manure outside the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid. Photograph: Oscar del Pozo/AFP

Outcome prompts sharp criticism from smaller countries and climate campaigners

 Laurence Tubiana  during the  Madrid summit, on Friday.  There has been a lack of political leadership, she said, but Europe’s  deal endorsing net-zero emissions by 2050 was ‘the best news this week’.  Photograph: Fernando Villar/EPA

Still pending are details of how to implement pact to avoid catastrophic global warming

Minister for  Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton: ‘There is a high level of desire to deliver this in the Oireachtas.’ Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

Bill will set emissions limits and enshrine commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050

United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres has again intervened with global leaders meeting in Madrid in an effort to forge a meaningful outcome to two weeks of talks on climate change. Photograph: EPA/ZIPI.

COP25: No indication of significant breakthrough on key issues at Madrid summit

Environmental  activists protest as they hold a banner reading ‘Rich countries, Face!’ at the start of a plenary session during the COP25 Climate Conference. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Friends of the Irish Environment’s says it will appeal initial decision against them

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland takes part in a Climate Action dialogue at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25. Photograph: Cristina Quicler / AFP

Mary Robinson wanted to reassure young people ‘they have made their voice heard’

Speaking in Madrid, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said the EU was pursuing ‘really ambitious, meaningful action’. File photograph: Tom Honan

Legally-binding plan includes commitment to work towards carbon neutrality by 2050

Minister for  Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton said his generation was at risk of passing on a world in worse condition. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister’s talk of ‘net-zero emissions’ a missed opportunity, says Stop Climate Chaos

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg gives a speech at the plenary session during the COP25 Climate Conference on December 11th in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images.

Swedish activist (16) named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019

A meltwater canyon on the Greenland ice sheet. Around 400 million people would be exposed to coastal flooding every year by the end of the century if Greenland continues to lose ice at its current rate, scientists have warned. Photograph: Ian Joughin/PA

Carbon Neutrality Coalition includes countries with most ambitious decarbonisation targets

Saoi O’Connor speaking at a FridaysForFuture press briefing at COP25. She says she had dedicated her life to the climate crisis

Cork teenager says negotiators ‘not putting value on our lives, our countries, our futures’

There has been a slight improvement in reducing carbon emissions in Ireland, the report says. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland climbs from ‘very low’ to ‘low performer’ status in performance index

Carmakers with the swiftest transition to electric vehicles (EVs) are projected to increase in value by 108 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

Companies involved in fossil fuel production could see €2 trillion wiped off value

Stop Climate Chaos said ‘2020 marks the beginning of a decade in which global emissions must reduce by 55%’. File photograph: Getty

Ireland must support ‘higher 2030 ambitions’ in attempt to avert looming chaos

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson at the UN climate change conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images

Mary Robinson tells COP25 that young people are ahead of rest of the world in how to address the climate issue

Sweden’s Greta Thunberg (centre) with representatives of indigenous people  at the COP25 climate conference in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Native American says the ‘system continues to value corporate profit over indigenous lives’

Animal rights demonstrators  on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid. Photograph: Christina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images.

Climate talks hear ‘humanity is knowingly destroying the planetary support system’

Protesters walk past Madrid’s  city hall on Cibeles Square  during a mass-march  demanding  urgent action on the climate crisis from world leaders attending the COP25 summit  in the city. Photograph: Oscar Del Pozo/AFP via Getty Images.

Madrid meeting has heard reports of rising emissions and record temperatures

John Curran, Musgrave group head of sustainability, picture at SuperValu in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal

Retailer goes for strategic approach that avoids green spin

Carbon emissions are growing at slower rate based on 2019 figures but strong demand for oil and gas means the world is far from achieving drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions needed to avert catastrophic global warming, according to the latest Global Carbon Project (GCP) data.  Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

World still far from achieving cuts needed to avoid disaster, climate change study says

One of the busiest streets in Copenhagen, where 75 per cent of all trips are on foot, by bike or public transport. Photograph: Betina Garcia/New York Times

The Danish capital has 375km of cycle lanes, extensive metro and wind-powered electricity

Any thoughts of securing special concessions under agriculture – Ireland is  unique in exporting 90 per cent of produce, and has relatively good carbon efficiency in beef and dairying – depend on upping our overall game, reinforced by the credible plans of Irish governments, EEA executive director Hans Bruyninckx said. File photograph: Getty

Report on Europe’s environment shows that Ireland performs poorly on emissions

The European Environment Agency has warned the increasing impacts of climate disruption, such as flooding, means Europe faces 'unprecedented' environmental challenges. Photograph: Janez Zalazni/EEA

EU agency predicts Europe will not achieve its 2030 environmental goals

 UN secretary general  António Guterres at a press conference during the first day of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain,  yesterday. Photograph: EPA/ZIPI

COP25 conference opens in Madrid against backdrop of threatened ‘catastrophic climate change’

A visitors walks by the logo of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 decorated with plants at the ‘IFEMA - Feria de Madrid’ exhibition centre, in Madrid, on Monday. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

‘The point of no return is no longer over the horizon. It is in sight and hurtling toward us’

People recover their belongings after  cyclone Idai in  Mozambique,  March 2019. Photograph: EPA/Andre Catueira

Christian Aid Ireland and Trócaire say levels need to increase from €80m to €475m

Off-shore wind  turbines. File photo. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Ress plan aids schools, sports clubs and small businesses create power from renewables

Wind turbines. File photo.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty

New Renewable Energy Support Scheme to provide grants and loans for wind and solar

2019 Parsons Medal recipient Michael McLaughlin (centre) showing a wafer of integrated circuits to Lord Rosse of Birr Castle (left) and Prof Jim Brown, president of the Irish Academy of Engineering.

Decawave founder recognised by IAE for his outstanding work over the past 15 years

Students take part in a march demanding action on the environment in Brussels in February. File photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

World leaders gather in Madrid next week for their annual bargaining on climate action

Kay O’Neill from Portlaoise and Marcus Mac Gabhann from Dublin take part in a students’ climate strike outside Leinster House. Photograph Crispin Rodwell

More than 1,600 people turn out in Dublin while an estimated 700 strikers march in Cork

Some of the waste  found in clean-ups in Ireland belonged to householders who believed their waste was being disposed of by an authorised waste collector.  Photograph: Getty Images

New move part of a campaign to target those responsible for illegal dumping around the country

A reduction of up to 28 per cent in carbon emissions in the dairy beef sector is achievable, according to new Irish research. Photograph: Alan Betson

Better breeding and earlier slaughtering could reduce carbon output by 1m tonnes

Key climate questions set for a future ‘carbon-neutral’ State

Prof Brian O’Dowd, from Dublin, has been award the Prix Galien 2019 for pioneering work in drug development.

Prof Brian O’Dowd and colleague invent way to discover drugs that direct receptor proteins to cell nucleus

Timothy McGrath  will represent Ireland at the International Science and Engineering Fair in California next May. Photograph: Keith Arkins

Timothy McGrath from Killorglin Community College was one of record 10,000 entrants

Some 75 per cent of all plastic becomes waste and most ends up in the environment; 90 per cent of which feeds into seas. Photograph: iStock

‘Corporate commitments alone is not going to cut it’, says Nestlé’s head of sustainability

There has been a substantial reduction in cases of illegal dumping of tyres across the State.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Report says border area has proven to be problematic when it comes to enforcement

Climate scientist Dame Julia Slingo: ‘Our knowledge and understanding of how the climate system works and how it’s going to change continues to depend on answering fundamental scientific questions.’

Work of climate scientist far from over as science continues to evolve, says Dame Slingo

Back in print: Anne Mulvihill, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and Nóirín Mulvihill at the launch of  the reprint of Ingenious Ireland by Mary Mulvihill. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Ingenious Ireland’ by late Irish Times contributor was first printed in 2002

Ictu general secretary Patricia King said Bord na Móna is determined to get all unions out of the company. Photograph: Alan Betson

Committee told of inferior employment alternatives and pension fund failings

The notice in Granard, Co Longford was brought into force on November 9th by Irish Water. Photograph: iStock

Group water schemes more likely to contaminated with E.coli bacteria in Ireland

The Hydrolight testing water for E.coli bacteria in Crosshaven, Co Cork

Rinocloud’s Hydrolight can detect even tiny single cells that should not be present

Ireland has had the lowest amount of losses of natural and semi-natural vegetation but has restored little land under this heading.

Report confirms extent to which pressure on Irish biodiversity a growing threat to species

The Government needs to provide meaningful support to Irish scientists and researchers to counter a ‘brain drain’ of talent being exacerbated by under investment in critical research, Fianna Fáil’s science spokesman has said.

FF TD says targets Government is failing to meet are not ambitious ‘by any means’

A discharge into Dublin Bay from the Poolbeg Ringsend water treatment facility in late February. Photograph: Eoin O’Shaughnessy/Dublin City Shots

Legal challenge to project likely to see additional sewage discharges into Dublin Bay

The European Investment Bank announcement it is to end funding for fossil fuel energy projects

Key elements of the new strategy will not come into effect until 2021

Clonakilty was   recognised as the first ‘Cool Community’ in Ireland. Pictured are Jerry O’Leary, Vicky Brown of Cool Planet Experience and Orla O’Donovan, Chair of Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce.

Town has increased vegetarian options, installed electric car charge points and keep cup scheme

Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghaíl TD, and RTE Director General RTE Dee Forbes with young people  taking  part in a one-day aYouth Assembly on Climate at Leinster House.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Older politicians bear brunt of blame as young activists take over Oireachtas chamber

The EPA auditor’s findings have been forwarded to Irish Water and Fingal County Council, which runs the plant on behalf of the utility. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Audit conducted last week after boil water notice issued to 600,000 people

Shannonbridge power station is the close. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Workers losing jobs at Bord na Móna and ESB power plants are not being offered pathway to future, Dáil committee told

The Large Hadron Collider. Photograph: Cern/PA Wire

Membership of organisation is critical to becoming ‘a global innovation leader’

Poolbeg Ringsend water treatment facility in February. Photograph:  Eoin O’Shaughnessy/Dublin City Shots

Analysis: Clonshaugh treatment facility will ease pressure on Ringsend, but more capacity will be needed

The proposed Bill adds  requirements and restrictions that will make it much harder for citizens and environmental NGOs to achieve the necessary “standing” to take cases. Photograph: Getty Images

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy reveals planning changes in email to Oireachtas committee

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