‘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

An Oireachtas committee has heard that current rules around citizens selling on renewable  energy that they have generated ‘do not work’. Image: iStock/Getty Images.

Sinn Féin TD’s Bill would allow communities, clubs to be paid for generating green energy

Ninety companies will partner with Irish third-level institutions to create places for 700 students. Photograph: iStock

Six new research centres to receive €100m to train students in digital, data science and ICT

According to Dr Mary S Booth, burning wood for energy emit more CO2 per unit of energy generated than coal. File photograph: iStock

EU’s Renewable Energy Directive ignores science on forest bioenergy, says plaintiff

Dr John Spink said that once the underlying food fraud opportunity is understood, effective countermeasures can be employed. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

‘Brand Ireland’ reputation for quality a potential target for fraud, says Dr John Spink

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

School strikes against climate change will escalate in Ireland on March 15th

Chairwoman  of the Climate Action Committee Hildegarde Naughton TD and  Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

People Before Profit and Sinn Féin are resisting any increase in carbon tax

Students take part in a march for the environment and the climate in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Schoolchildren to protest lack of action by adults on climate issues in one-day strike

With Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google committed to source 100 per cent of their energy from renewable sources, the Commission notes Ireland’s lack of progress may also be ‘raising concerns for some key multinational companies’. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish face severe challenges over rising emissions – European Commission report

EPA director general Laura Burke said they were ‘pleased to see so many people recognise the importance of our environment as an asset to the country’.

People rank climate change, waste, water quality and pollution as biggest issues – poll

An aerial photograph taken using a drone shows the large discharge. Photograph: Eoin O’Shaughnessy

Irish Water confirmed discharge followed a storage tank failure and apologised

An aerial photograph taken at Poolbeg, Dublin,  shows  a large discharge was continuing at 5.45pm on Sunday  evening.  Photograph: Eoin O’Shaughnessy/ DublinCityShots

An investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing, Irish Water says

Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean with David Donoghue at the IIEA in Dublin on Monday before speaking about the global challenges posed by climate change and its impact on the ocean and small island nations. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

UN special envoy for the Ocean says without beef and car ownership ‘life is perfectly okay’

Minister for  Heritage  Josepha Madigan (right) is pictured at the  National Biodiversity Conference at Dublin Castle with Jane Stout, Professor in Botany at Trinity College Dublin, and Prof John Fitzgerald, chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council. Photograph:  Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography.

Rehabilitation of bogs, creation of national seed bank and protection of sealife among commitments

“What is now rightly referred to as the ‘extinction crisis’ is due to us,” President Michael D Higgins told the National Biodiversity Conference. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh

‘If we were coal miners, we would be up to our knees in dead canaries,’ forum told

Inger Andersen, the director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Inger Andersen urges help for farmers in switching to ‘nature-positive’ farming

Jane Stout, Professor in Botany at Trinity College Dublin and Irish Forum on Natural Capital, Prof John Fitzgerald, chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council with  Josepha Madigan,  Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht at the opening of  Ireland’s first National Biodiversity Conference at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Prof Jane Stout says in Ireland, this had resulted in loss of habitats and loss of species

Irish winters are set to be wetter though the number of storms will decrease, say scientists. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Fewer winter storms, but more extreme storms, forecast as habitats decline

I-LOFAR radio telescope on the grounds of Birr Castle.

Astronomers from UCD in group that used telescopes at Birr, Co Offaly and abroad

The decline in Irish native bee and butterfly populations is matching accelerating global declines. Photograph: iStock

Creation of ‘biodiversity duty’ on public and local authorities among new measures

Minister Richard Bruton told  Green Party leader Eamon Ryan that in response to the possibility of blackouts in the North, it was planned to bring coal-fired power plants there that were due to be decommissioned back into service, if needed. File photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Minister for Environment tells committee consumers will not face increased costs

Bríd Smith: “It comes from a Government that speaks out of both sides of its face on climate change”

The Joint Committee on Climate Action is again tied in a vote on the Climate Emergency Measures Bill

The interconnector comprises an overhead line linking an existing substation in Co Meath with a planned substation in Co Tyrone. Photograph: iStock

Issues included whether An Bord Pleanála was ‘competent authority’

A discovery made by scientists in Ireland provides fresh insight on how spectacular solar storms arise

Findings may enable accurate forecasting of when bursts set to occur and impact on Earth

Schoolgirl Greta Thunberg (centre) during a demonstration calling for climate action  in Stockholm last Friday.  Photograph: Elisabeth Ubbe/New York Times

Dublin seminar told failure of global response is forcing young people to protest

Bees  spend their entire lives feeding on nectar and pollen while helping to fertilise plants. In Ireland there are 100 species of bee; 50%  are in decline, a third are threatened with extinction, Photograph: Getty Images

When was the last time you had to clean your windscreen during the summer months?

Ecologist Dr Tomás Murray, when asked  if the threat of ‘catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems’ was being detected in Ireland, said: ‘Sadly yes, across the 120 sites in our butterfly monitoring scheme our recorders have detected an average annual decline of 2.6 per cent over the past 10 years.’

Almost 20% of insects are in decline and 13% are threatened while 7% have conservation status

Friends of the Irish Environment director Tony Lowes (front) and colleagues pictured on Friday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Case brought by Friends of Irish Environment referred to Europe by High Court judge

Prof Peter O’Brien of the Tyndall National Institute in Cork,with the new handheld device that uses biophotonics technology to detect early heart disease. It  can be used  by GPs in their surgeries.

Irish researchers say device can help save lives – and time in busy hospitals

Prof Peter Kennedy, president of the Royal Irish Academy with the recipients of the academy’s gold medals, sponsored by the Higher Education Authority, architectural historian, Prof Kathleen James-Chakraborty and astrophysicist, Prof Stephen J Smartt. Photograph: Johnny Bambury

Architectural historian and astrophysicist pick up top academic accolades

A report by Cambridge Econometrics and Eurofound’s European Jobs Monitor concludes implementing the Paris Climate Change agreement  will result in 1.1 per cent growth in GDP and 0.5 per cent growth in employment. Photograph: iStock

Paris Agreement on climate change would also boost economic growth in the EU

Irish Cosmetics, Detergents and Allied Products Association director Siobhán Dean said use of synthetic, solid plastic particles in exfoliating and cleansing products that were non-biodegradable would be phased out by 2020. Photograph: Getty Images

Minute plastics found in all samples and invertebrate species in River Slaney catchment

The number of days with heavy rainfall and the number of extreme flooding events has risen in the past decade. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff

Plans focus on energy, buildings, transport, flood resilience and resource management

A gilets jaunes protest in Paris. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Oireachtas committee wary of gilets jaunes-style public backlash

People Before Profit and Sinn Féin oppose any carbon tax increase

Main parties disagree on tax model, as overall report on climate change delayed

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was shocked to discover his metabolic age: “Surprised to hear that, kinda wondering about the science.” Photograph: RTÉ

‘Kinda wondering about the science’ behind the latest measurement?

Kerala in India experienced severe flooding in August. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

World Meteorological Organisation confirms 2018 was fourth hottest year on record

 Climate justice campaigner and former president Mary Robinson. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former president says climate justice ‘a medical emergency’ at RCSI award ceremony

Four trees were felled on Main Street in Fethard without notice. Photograph: Google Maps

Protesters claim it’s an ‘over-rigorous policy’ because of insurance concerns

  Philip Lane, Governor of the Central Bank, was speaking in Galway. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Philip Lane outlines risks of climate change to Irish economy, calls for higher carbon tax

 Martin Higgins, chairman, FSAI and Dr Pamela Byrne, CEO, FSAI. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Device to test beef and poultry likely to be rolled out across the EU

Turf cutting in County Offaly. Photograph: Pat Sammon

‘Uncontrolled’ peat cutting damages habitats and kills fish – Friends of Irish Environment

Protestors in Fethard objected to the county council’s removal of trees in the village. Photograph: Alan Moore

Trees in Fethard village removed in fifth unannounced felling in county, say protestors

Phil Hogan: he declined to discuss the size of any potential EU package of financial supports

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan ‘satisfied’ Brussels can provide aid in ‘any exceptional circumstances’

Achieving all 17 UN sustainable development goals will be a challenge ‘but it is possible if everyone across society gets involved’, according to Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton.

UN SDGs set ambitious environmental targets to be achieved by 2030

The net cost of wind energy for Irish consumers has amounted to less than €1 per person per year since 2000, according to a new report. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke

Report says wind energy has delivered savings of €2.3m, more than the €1.9m PSO funding it receives

The Environmental Pillar has highlighted “a clear failure to increase our tree cover in a substantial and sustainable fashion”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Claims wildlife driven into extinction as habitat replaced by unnatural conifers

IFA president Joe Healy: told farmers at agm they were being unfairly blamed for Ireland’s immense emissions problem.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister urges ‘a change in the way farming has to think about itself’ at agm

Minister for Climate Action John Bruton said the sector had a long way to go to reduce its carbon footprint. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Industry rejects need for quotas, cuts in livestock numbers and carbon tax increases

The case continues before the High Court

Terminal between Tarbert and Ballylongford in Co Kerry granted permission in 2008

The Government is committing to a collection rate of 90 per cent for single-use plastic drinks bottles by 2029 Photograph: iStock

Richard Bruton is committed to increasing plastic recycling rates to 55 per cent by 2030

A return trip from Europe to Australia generates about 4.5 tonnes of carbon. Photograph: Tim Shaffer/Reuters

EU aviation fuel tax mooted by France would penalise most heavily those who fly most

Members of Friends of the Irish Environment, from left, David Healy, Sadhbh O’Neill, Tony Lowes and Clodagh Daly at the High Court, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Friends of the Irish Environment is seeking to quash the National Mitigation Plan

Artist’s impression showing how    a very distant quasar powered by a supermassive black hole may look close up. Photograph: PA

Study turns upside down belief that hole formation could only happen in regions bombarded by powerful radiation

 Friends of the Irish Environment are taking a legal action under the banner of ‘Climate Case Ireland’  against the  Government in which it has asked the court to quash the State’s existing plan to combat climate change.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times.

Environmental group seeking to quash national mitigation plan published in 2017

With a sea area almost 10 times the size of its landmass, Ireland has very significant offshore wind capacity

State energy group to partner with Belgian offshore wind developer Parkwind

Prof Aviva Chomsky of Salem University in Massachusetts, who was speaking in Dublin on Monday at a seminar titled “Climate Change: the Whole Picture”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Cerrejón mine damage amounted to ‘the fourth conquest of remote regions of South America’

High fat diet increases risk of infection according to new research published by Dr Cormac Gahan and Vanessa Las Heras. Photograph: Tomas Tyner/UCC

Vulnerability identified by researchers based at APC Microbiome, attached to UCC

Richard Bruton  said that seeking to be a leader in responding to global warming was not ‘a statement of political bravado’. Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister will be judged by his decisions not by his words, Friends of the Earth says

Irish methane emissions have been flat-lining since 1990, says Prof Matthews. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fact Ireland’s agriculture is mostly grassland-based is positive, says Alan Matthews

Parteen Weir on Lough Derg is part of the Shannon water system. Irish Water plans to build a 170 km long pipe from the Parteen basin on the river Shannon to Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Review of Shannon extraction proposal due to objections – but evaluation ready in 2019

Racing driver Hunter Abbott with AlcoSense personal use breathalyser. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Gardaí made 445 arrests on suspicion of intoxicated driving over New Year period

ESB Networks managing director said the upgrade to modern meters was an important enabler of Ireland’s climate action plan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Smart meters will help customers make better choices about their consumption

RTÉ has been criticised repeatedly for its coverage of climate change, notably on flagship programmes. Photograph:  Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Oireachtas committee criticises broadcaster for low level of environmental coverage

Dr Sinead McParland of Teagasc is to develop tools to help identify the most efficient cows in the national herd. Photograph: Getty Images

Developing tools to identify most efficient cows among proposed projects

Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education, unveils a portrait of  Sheila Tinney at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), watched by the late Dr Tinney’s children, Ethna, Hugh and Deirdre Tinney.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dr Sheila Tinney was first-ever Irish woman to earn a PhD in mathematical science

The average amount of meat consumed per person per year globally has nearly doubled in the past 50 years. File photograph: H Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty

Taoiseach’s comments on eating less meat draw ire from farming industry but he has science on his side

The Citizens’ Assembly ‘was crystal clear that people want to see the Government take the lead on climate action’

Organisation says measure will not work if people feel climate-action responsibility is being pushed onto individuals

Adam Kelly from Skerries Community College is announced winner of the 2019 BT Young Scientist of the Year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish astrophysicist Bell Burnell says she was overwhelmed with imposter syndrome when she went to Cambridge University

Marjan Minnesma, director of environmental group Urgenda, arrives at  court in The Hague in May 2018 for the group’s case against the Dutch government. ,Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP/Getty Images

Citizens are increasingly taking the legal route to pressurise leaders into climate action

Adam Kelly from Skerries Community College is announced winner of the 2019 BT Young Scientist of the Year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Adam Kelly used algorithms to 'analyse, optimise and simulate quantum circuits'

Cannabinoid medicines are increasingly being approved for the treatment of conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, arthritis and cancer

Ensuring better intestine absorption key to improvement, according to exhibition

BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year Exhibition: drew more than 15,000 people to the RDS on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

BTYSTE: Fifth-year student tests metals for months; first-years make bioplastic from milk

Tianyiwa Xie, a student from Alexander College, Dublin, whose project was ‘Intersection of Multidimensional Planes in Projective Geometry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Other highlights include an experiment that suggests Mozart does not boost your brain

Steve Collins says the BTYSTE  was “the start of my journey”. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

It all started at the young scientist exhibition, says Havok computer game firm founder

More than 450 students, out of 1,131 people exhibiting at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, participated in the Gengage survey. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Moon tourism and automated farming are the next big things, according to survey

Sophie Kelly, Rachelle Biayi and Karl Fitzpatrick, from Pobalscoil Neasáin, Baldoyle, Dublin at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Students show high awareness of climate change issues at young scientist exhibition

Prof Emmeline Hill of  Irish equine science company Plusvital in UCD. Photograph: Peter Houlihan/Fennell Photography

Data is valuable to breeders, but may lead to some breeds facing extinction, warns scientist

Rian Byrne, a pupil at Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Co Wicklow, with elements of his project looking at how effectiveness of honey as a health food can be measured. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Students’ eco-friendly biofuel and fire protection among entries in science fair at RDS

 President  Michael D Higgins  officially opens the 2019  BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Michael D Higgins also praises Irish young people as he officially opens this year’s event

From left to right: Sophie Kelly (16), Rachelle Biayi (16) and  Karl Fitzpatrick (15), from Pobalscoil Neasain in Baldoyle, Dublin at the launch of the 55th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019  at the RDS Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Over 500 projects on topics including gender diversity, pollution and climate change on show

Claire Hanrahan, senior plan and build manager for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition:  ‘I love it. It’s the highlight of our working calendar’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Hundreds, including teachers, BT staff, past winners and students, play their vital parts

Leo Varadkar visiting Irish troops in Mali. The Taoiseach said the carbon tax “will never be about taking money from people”. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

Taoiseach considering rebates as ex-president criticises climate response

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