The Chief Justice, Mr Frank Clarke, pictured shortly after his appointment to the position in 2017. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Climate Case Ireland has urged politicians to act observation by Chief Justice

Delivering on climate targets will require every part of the economy shaping up, where most households and consumers will no longer be allowed the luxury of easily availing of opt outs.

Without immediate action Ireland has no hope of meeting 2030 carbon reduction targets

To achieve a 51 per cent emissions reduction by 2030, significant new measures will need to be identified and implemented, the EPA says. Photograph: iStock

Significant additional measures needed to meet latest 2030 targets, agency says

Reuse specialist Dr Sarah Miller says washing machine manufacturers will charge by wash – maintaining ownership of the product, but also responsibility for its reuse. File photograph: iStock

Everything will have to change utterly if Ireland is to deal with its waste crisis

A man is turned away by a guard after he tried to get the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine at a health facility in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photograph: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Ireland leads OECD efforts to enhance climate finance provisions at COP26

Legislation clears a major hurdle by getting through the Dáil, but at what cost?

Woodlice cousin Oxyuropoda ligioides in its 365 million years old continental Irish environment (Kiltorcan, Kilkenny). By Diane Dabir Moghaddam.

Researchers built picture from fossil of oxyuropoda found in Co Kilkenny in 1908

 Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue attends an informal meeting of EU ministers  in Lisbon. Photograph: EPA/Antonio Pedro Santos/EPA

McConalogue reiterates demand for maximum flexibility on funding pot for member states

Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan: “The Government is committed to a more ambitious, transformative approach to production and consumption to achieve a systemically circular economy.” Photograph: Sasko Lazarov

Cabinet approves heads of Circular Economy Bill to cut food waste and boost separation

The Oireachtas Climate Action Committee has been told that agriculture accounts for 35 per cent of Ireland’s annual greenhouse gas emissions and ‘is the single largest contributor to Ireland’s climate-changing pollution’. Image: iStock.

Climate action committee told farmers have few technical options to cut methane emissions

Paddleboarders and surfers help raise awareness for climate action in the sea at Gyllyngvase beach, Cornwall, at the weekend. Photograph: Jon Rowley/EPA

David Attenborough tells summit world is within 10 years of dangerous tipping points

Activists in Dublin form the Extinction Rebellion and G7 logos on the beach of Sandymount Strand, calling on G7 leaders to take adequate action against sea level rise

Extinction Rebellion Ireland stage protests calling on leaders to address rising sea levels

A  turtle floats  among plastic bags.

Study evaluated more that 12 million litter items found in oceans, coastal locations and rivers

Cherrywood is a prime example of a development planned around a key transport node, EY Ireland says. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Building housing and hoping for transport links after is ‘inefficient and risky’

Members of Climate Case Ireland Christian Volkmann, Clodagh Daly, Fiona O’Malley, Emer Slattery and Angela Deegan , calling for a Citizens Assembly on Biodiversity and a Constitutional right to a safe clean healthy and sustainable environment protesting outside the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Date should be set before summer recess for citizens’ assembly, argues group

Sounds of the Earth is an art-science collaboration between the sound-artist and composer David Stalling and scientists at DIAS.  Photograph: Dadang Tri/Reuters

Work by Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies provides ‘new perspective’ of Earth

Local officials and guests, including Freetown mayor, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr (6th from left) pictured at the official opening of the Water-Share Ireland backed treatment plant in Sierra Leonean capital. Photograph: Courtesy of Goal.

Irish water services sector personnel support Goal in providing facility in Freetown

A monarch butterfly. The species is most commonly seen in southerly coastal areas of Ireland in September and October.

Research suggests warm summers helping several species but some still in decline

Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan defended the Climate Bill saying ‘at every stage, there is a ‘check’ to see does it meet social as well as environmental and economic objectives.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 30 Opposition amendments to landmark legislation fall or rejected

An official from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council taking samples from the shoreline at Killiney, in discussion with a swimmer. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Animal and surface water contamination suspected at Killiney and White Rock

New research provides clues to how early agricultural practices shaped the evolution of goats. File photograph: Getty Images

TCD scientists involved in breakthrough hailed as ‘ground zero’ for goat domestication

Eamon Ryan: he said he believed the Bill was sufficiently robust so any future amendments would only come from the Government. Photograph: Getty Images

Climate Case Ireland says Bill needs binding commitment to remaining below a 1.5-degree increase in global average temperature

Killiney beach was closed to bathers at the weekend because of elevated levels of E.coli found in tests. Photograph: Garet Chaney /Collins Photos

Killiney beach and the adjoining White Rock cove have been closed until further notice

The freshwater shrimp known as Gammarus pictured with duckweed in a water samples. The shellfish has been shown by UCC researchers to ingest microplastics on the surface of the plant.

Risk of ‘metabolic disruption’ once substances are ingested by plants and animals

A female spiny seahorse shelters in a meadow of common eelgrass (Zostera marina). Photographed in summer (August) in Studland Bay, Dorset, England

Seagrasses help to slow climate change and biodiversity loss, says Coastwatch

Dr Tara Shine told the SEAI public sector energy conference there is a need ‘to spell out a vision’ on climate action in terms the public can relate to. Photograph: John Allen

Message can be perceived as ‘scary and negative’ despite many positive aspects

A new report by the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee says Ireland should fundamentally redirect transport policy to address carbon emissions. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Oireachtas committee says costs of providing free public transport for all should be examined

Molly Fitzhenry (2) picking strawberries on the farm of her grandfather Jimmy Kearns in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. The family feature in the Sustaining Ireland campaign launched by Agri Aware and IFA, which aims to strengthen the connection between farmers and the general public. Photograph: Holst Photography

Farmers ‘don’t recognise how they are portrayed in certain sections of the media and by some environmental commentators’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: he said Ireland’s recently-adopted higher climate ambitions were closely aligned with those of Nordic countries. Photograph: Getty Images

Coveney says the countries share a commitment to global action on justice, conflict prevention and multilateralism

The development of the Cork commuter line, which is to receive funding of €184 million, is one of many projects set to be backed by the EU through its support for Ireland’s national recovery and resilience plan. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Investment in Cork commuter rail among items to receive funding under recovery plan

Shiga-toxigenic E.coli  can survive in sea water, giving rise to debillitating infections.

Public asked to take part in ‘blue spaces survey’ to identify problem locations

Magheramore beach, near Brittas, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

Beach users concerned sale could, in effect, seal off Magheramore beach near Brittas Bay

RIA gold medallists Prof Dan Bradley and Prof Mary Daly. Photograph: Johnny Bambury

Awards honour outstanding research in Ireland of global significance

The transition to a food system compatible with the Paris Agreement ‘will be a massive undertaking’ for a small, open, export-driven economy, the conference heard. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Transition to a food system compatible with agreement ‘will be a massive undertaking’

The winning audio documentary examined contrasting experiences of Ireland and Peru during the pandemic. Illustration: Paul Scott

DCU student’s ‘moving’ documentary was inspired by photograph of stand-off in Peru

Irish Farmers’ Association  president Tim Cullinan said ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ in the Cap reform talks. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Environmental measures on terms proposed must be kept to minimum, says IFA leader

One-third of all municipal waste is food, according to the report. File photograph: Getty

State still generating highest volume of waste per person in EU, notes report for Oireachtas

Energy company EI-H2 founder Pearse Flynn. Photograph: Brian Lougheed

Facility strategically located to avail of offshore wind power along south coast

The EU is trying to align farming with its green deal and curb spending on agricultural subsidies. File photograph: David Sleator

Farmers could face ‘significant drop in income’ due to environmentally-driven changes

A handout image issued by the European Space Agency (ESA) of deforestation in Bolivia seen from a satellite. Record amounts of CO2 continue to be pumped into the atmosphere every year so record global temperatures following in tandem should not be a surprise.  Photograph: ESA/PA Wire.

Analysis: Decarbonisation provides big opportunity if mix of policy, finance and innovation is right

Eddie O’Connor, chair and founder of Mainstream Renewable Power, and Pat Cox, chairman of the Dublin Climate Dialogues, are pictured with a declaration arising from the virtual conference hosted by UCD. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Document handed over to UK government in bid to increase ambitions for COP26 summit

A woman uses a cooking stove  at her home in Tanzania.

Burning fossil fuels in stoves contributes to 1.6m premature deaths of women annually

Canadian climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. Photograph: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

‘If we don’t fix it, it will fix us,’ Prof Katharine Hayhoe tells Dublin Climate Dialogues

US climate envoy  John Kerry: ‘All of us have to do much more. We have to set more ambitious goals...we have to act on those goals.’   File Photograph: Odd AndersenAFP via Getty Images

US envoy delivers opening address at Dublin Climate Dialogues online conference

Thousands of weaknesses known as ‘Achilles heels’ have been identified in more than 700 different cancer cell types by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast.

Discovery of vulnerabilities could help combat cancers with new drugs, says Queen’s University Belfast team

The Dublin Climate Dialogues conference will be opened by US climate envoy John Kerry. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Declaration to set out how ambition can be stepped up, says conference chairman Pat Cox

The Government has announced a new policy statement that will prevent Ireland from importing fracked gas. File photograph: Getty.

Eamon Ryan says full ban on importation of fracked gas cannot be put in place at this time

The IEA have developed a roadmap to ‘ensure the opportunity of net-zero emissions by 2050 is not lost’. File photograph: iStock

Solar, wind and nuclear are building blocks towards target, says International Energy Agency

People walking  near Luggala, Co Wicklow.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Luggala Estate extends to more than 1,800 hectares and is one of Ireland’s most spectacular upland landscapes

Climate change activist, Saoi O’Connor (16): ‘No amount of COPs will change this, because the people who hold the power in those negotiations do not want it to change.’ Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Climate change experts and campaigners on whether November's global summit can meet the climate threat

US climate envoy John Kerry believes COP26 is ‘the last best chance to get real’ in avoiding climate catastrophe. File photograph: Stephane Mahe/AFP via Getty Images

Dublin Climate Declaration to be issued by global experts next week in advance of November’s COP26 conference

Tyndall National Institute  researcher Dr Agnieszka Gocalinska. Tyndall has been at the forefront of quantum technology research in Ireland for 10 years. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Multimillion-euro investment in Cork will see appointment of 45 researchers

John Kerry, US climate envoy. File photograph: Stefani Reynolds/EPA/Pool

Dublin Climate Dialogues will produce recommendations for UK, host of COP26

Water quality should be monitored year-round at beaches where increasing numbers of people are regularly swimming outside the summer season, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Agency’s bathing water quality report finds ‘excellent’ standards at 75% of 148 sites tested

There are now 70 operational data centres in Ireland using 900 MW  with eight under construction with 250MW usage. Photograph: iStock

Carbon emissions arising from data centres was 1.85% of Ireland’s total carbon emissions in 2020

Minister for the Environment and Climate Eamon Ryan said the OECD’s views would influence the Government’s national development and climate action and post-Covid recovery plans. Photograph: Julien Behal

Review of State’s environmental record warns of post-pandemic rise in emissions

In spite of accommodating large volumes of renewable wind energy on the power grid, the OECD notes that energy from renewable sources covered just 12%  of the State’s gross energy consumption.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

OECD report shows that while renewable energy usage is rising, targets are still being missed

Ireland stands alone among OECD countries in not having domestic water charges, according to a new review. Photograph: The Irish Times

Country still suffers from ‘high water losses and hot spots of low drinking water quality’

The Asian hornet is a predator of honeybees, wasps, other pollinators such as bumblebees, hoverflies and spiders. Photograph: Aidan O’Hanlon, National Museum of Ireland

Single Asian hornet found ‘alive but dying’ in private dwelling on the northside of Dublin

Data centres and electric vehicles are two of the main factors expected to drive a dramatic increase in demand for electricity. File photograph: Getty

Centres projected to require a third of Ireland’s generated energy within a decade

The Minister for the Environment and Climate Eamon Ryan said the  rapid rollout of offshore wind energy would  be contentious, particularly off the east coast because large turbines would  be so visible on the horizon. Photograph: Getty Images

Environmentalist warns scale-up of Ireland’s offshore wind resources could be undone by lack of public engagement

Inger Andersen, executive director of UNEP: ‘Fast and ambitious methane mitigation is one of the best strategies available today to deliver immediate and long-lasting multiple benefits for climate, agriculture, human and ecosystem health.’ Photograph: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Report highlights benefits to public health and food production from cutting emissions

Prof Nick Payne and PhD researcher Haley Dolton from Trinity College Dublin’s school of natural sciences have returned from a week on the waves in which they managed to apply tags to four sharks

Project to help understand behaviour and physiology of Ireland’s gentle sea giants

The researchers warned Antarctica was a “wild card”, with uncertainty over the impact of rising temperatures on melting ice and increasing snowfall on the continent.  Photograph:   Dr Andrew Elvidge/University of East Anglia/PA

Reports highlight pressing need for aggressive efforts to tackle growing crisis

The argument that if Ireland does not produce beef and dairy products, other countries will simply fill the gap with inferior products, leading to extensive “carbon leakage”, is flawed, according to An Taisce. File photograph: iStock

Environmental body criticised by committee over attitude towards rural economy

Most fields “are practically devoid of life while even the ancient system of hedgerows is vanishing due to neglect and outright destruction”.

Investing in nature ‘doesn’t cost the earth, but it gives us and the Earth a chance’

Megan Carroll, Abby Mullins and Chloe Murphy from Moate Community School, who were overall group winners at the 2021 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, are pictured at Hodson Bay launching next year’s event. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Organisers confirm annual showcase will be online for the second year in a row

The crane is deeply connected to the culture and history of Ireland, with the bird central to folklore tales such as Fionn MacCumhaill, the druids, St Colmcille and the Book of Kells. Photograph: Courtesy of Bord na Móna

Pair nesting in midlands bog may be key to revival of species

The Airbus turbofan, turboprop and blended-wing body ZEROe aircraft using hydrogen fuel. The concepts offer many advantages for future low-emission air travel. Photograph: Airbus

Aircraft maker to select plane design by 2025 with view to commercial flights by 2035

“Climate change is a threat to all of us and transitioning to a low-carbon economy is a major priority for the Government.” Photograph: David Sleator

Businesses have key role in decarbonisation and opportunity to ‘create new jobs’

Greater clarity on Irish Water’s ‘remedial action list’ of problematic water supplies that pose the most risk to consumers is required, the Water Advisory Body (WAB) has said.

Water Advisory Borad says utility firm yet to submit date for fixing nine problematic supplies

Non-governmental organisation Transport & Environment calls on the European Commission to ‘listen to citizens and stop casting doubt on the continued responsibility of national governments to jointly deliver on the EU’s 2030 climate target’. File photograph: iStock

Commission proposals on new ‘effort sharing’ to be hammered out in coming weeks

Immunologist Prof Kate Fitzgerald: elected to the US National Academy of Sciences

‘Incredible honour’ for international leader in the field of innate immunity

An artist’s impression of the ultra-hot Jupiter exoplanet, WASP-33b.  The hydroxyl radical – known as OH – was found on the dayside of the planet.

Team led by Queen’s University astronomers detects new ‘chemical signature’

Workers install solar panels on a roof. Photograph: Courtesy of Construct Ireland

Retrofitting programme could create 32k new jobs, generate €600m in economic savings every year

The report calls for an independent body – “ideally the EPA” – to establish and implement a robust monitoring framework to assess the environmental impacts of food production at farm, catchment and national level.

Report by 70 environmental and climate groups puts Green Party in difficult position

Ireland has exceptional untapped wind resources, particularly offshore, which equates to 10 times the 5,000 megawatts currently installed on the island of Ireland.

Public and political support needed to deliver the infrastructure, climate committee told

The event will forge a declaration on how to raise global ambition at COP26 with specific recommendations to accelerate the transition to net-zero emissions.   Photograph: iStock

Dublin Climate Dialogues event will ‘enact meaningful and binding commitments’

US president Joe Biden said millions of good, well-paid jobs would emerge from tackling the climate crisis, including in “fields we haven’t even conceived of yet”. Photograph:  Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President praises Russian idea for capturing carbon from space as he calls for global collaboration

Prof Adrian Hill, who leads the Oxford University team: “What we’re hoping to do is take that 400,000 down to tens of thousands in the next five years, which would be absolutely fantastic,” he said.  Photograph:   Steve Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prof Adrian Hill helped develop vaccine that may slash 400,000 annual death toll from disease

‘We need to care for nature, so that nature may care for us,’ said the pope. Photograph: Getty Images

Biden tells world leaders that no government can address climate threat on its own

US envoy for climate John Kerry, US secretary of state Antony Blinken, and US president Joe Biden listen as United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres speaks on screen during a climate change virtual summit from the East Room of the White House campus. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Stepped-up emissions goal announced by host provides tangible break from climate denialist presidency of Donald Trump

US vice-president Kamala Harris speaking from the White House during the virtual leaders’ summit on climate on Thursday. Photograph: White House/Bloomberg

US attempts to underline its climate credentials by committing to halving its emissions by 2030

Dublin postwoman Laura Fitzsimons: An Post plans to help 30,000 homeowners retrofit their homes, have 2,000 electric vehicles  and spend €100 million on sustainability. Photograph:  Maxwells

Company uses 100% renewable energy in buildings and has zero waste to landfill

The livestock issue, which is responsible for the bulk of Irish agricultural emissions, has to be faced up to because new technologies  are not yet available, says Dr Paul Deane. File photograph: iStock

Farmers willing to play part in climate action but will need Government supports, say IFA

Eamon Ryan in the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Screengrab from Oireachtas footage

O’Gorman accuses dissenting TDs of performing for cameras but failing to do hard work

An aerial shot over Arklow, where SSE Renewables is proposing to develop the onshore grid infrastructure associated with Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2 in the Irish Sea.

SSE will seek to develop onshore infrastructure needed for wind farm connection

A coal power plant in Adamsville, Alabama. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty

World’s biggest carbon emitters, including China and Russia, will be in virtual room

The Irish Water scheme provides customers with support in identifying and fixing leaks.

More than 60,400 repairs carried out under Irish Water project since 2015 introduction

A draft agri-food strategy to 2030 commits to a 10 per cent cut in biogenic methane over the next 10 years, but does not set a target on reducing livestock numbers – the sector’s main source of carbon emissions. Image: iStock.

State strategy does not set target to reduce sector’s main source of carbon emissions - livestock

Minister for Climate Eamon Ryan will consider points raised by climate experts on the wording of the Climate Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Climate experts highlighted ‘fundamental flaw’ in letter to Coalition leaders

Leading climate experts have warned the  Government about  “a fundamental flaw” in the Climate Bill.  Photograph: Ben Curtis/PA

Aspects of Bill ‘not scientifically well grounded’ and ‘entirely lacking in legal certainty’

Minister for Climate Eamon Ryan: ‘Now is the time to go offshore at scale and at speed.’

Sector supports 5,000 jobs now and this will rise to 7,000 by 2030, according to dispatch

The most significant emissions increases occurred in  dairy   and pharma-chemical industries in Ireland. File photograph: iStock

Reduction did not match decrease of 11-12% across Europe in 2020, EPA finds

Re-evaluation of their effectiveness and associated risk will hamper vaccination rollout

Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite data image of Ringsend Waste Water Treatment Plant on October 10th, 2020, showing the  discharge of what is reported to have been more than 75,000 cubic metres of storm run-off by  Irish Water into Dublin Bay. Processed by ESA/TechWorks Marine

SOS Dublin Bay says 8.9m cubic metres of untreated sewage discharged over four years

The Department of Health has said the AstraZeneca vaccine should not be given to people aged under 60. Graphic: Paul Scott

Advice has led to understandable confusion, especially now for older age group

A computer-generated image of the ESB-Equinor floating windfarm proposed for off the coast of Clare and Kerry.

ESB announces development of a floating off-shore windfarm in €5 billion programme

A computer-generated representation of the transformed Moneypoint site in the Shannon estuary including hydrogen storage facilities and a centre for the construction and assembly of floating wind turbines.

Co Clare station is ‘ideally placed’ to use offshore wind for generation of gas

A €3.6 million ‘become a beefatarian’ campaign, funded by the European Union.

Spending ‘at odds’ with climate as 78% of Ireland’s funded ads targeted agriculture

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