An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD along with other Government Ministers, announcing details of Climate Action Plan 2019  on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

As of Tuesday, Ireland is among 19 countries now backing the long-term target

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton arriving at TU Dublin in Grangegorman with members of the Cabinet to announce details of Climate Action Plan 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New climate legislation, budgets and targets will ensure greater oversight

Fossil-fuel emissions. Renewable Energy Ireland  has describing the plan  as “a road map for turning Ireland into a climate-change leader”. Photograph: Getty Images

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland says fundamental to the success of the plan is the level of commitment of all parts of soc(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘It’s good economic policy. it’s good social policy. It’s good environmental policy, and we just need to make it happen.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The carrot approach will apply initially but the stick will appear if progress is too slow

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

Plan on climate change contains almost 200 actions to ensure Ireland meets targets

Minister for Climate Action  Richard Bruton. His plan takes on board  the recommendations of the all-party committee on climate action in its report earlier this year. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Move is an attempt to prompt major behaviour shift in fossil-fuel consumption in economy

The NBDC report confirms short-term, accelerating declines in Irish bee populations

Biodiversity study says status of Irish wildlife ‘remains precarious’

The State is ranked seventh among EU member states based on a draft national energy and climate plan submitted to Brussels, but actions committed to are deemed ‘insufficient’. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Most EU states on course to miss own targets for cutting transport pollution by 2030

<USTEMPLATES>The collaboration emerged following an EU-wide call to reduce carbon emissions associated with aviation. Photograph: Getty Images

University’s Bernal Institute signs deal with leading Dutch biofuel company SkyNRG

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The current Irish target is an 80 per cent reduction by mid century

 President Michael D Higgins hosts a meeting with representatives of the group of small island developing states. Photograph:  Maxwell

Michael D Higgins affirms Ireland’s solidarity with vulnerable small island states

The longest-lived species of bats, known as Myotis, pictured in Brittany. Photograph: Olivier Farcy/Bretagne Vivante

Critical evidence intervention in ageing process might increase quality of living

US senator John Kerry will deliver the keynote address at the Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork on Monday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Former US secretary of state leading global effort to halt decline of marine environment

The  Wastewater Treatment Works at Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ringsend wastewater treatment plant has a notorious reputation

Dr Nicholas Payne atttaches a bio-logging device to a tiger shark in waters off the Bahamas.

Information will help team assess global climate crisis

Laura Burke, EPA director: ‘To meet its EU targets for 2030 and achieve national policy ambitions, Ireland will need full implementation of those measures (climate mitigation policies and measures in the National Development Plan), plus additional measures in future plans.’

Despite climate action initiatives in NDP, Ireland will fail to meet commitments

Transport-orientated development will be possible with Metrolink in Dublin and in cities where BusConnects is fully in place, according to the report. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

NESC report focuses on public transport and higher density housing

Skerries locals have devised a rota to protect their trees from Fingal County Council.

Locals on ‘chain saw patrol’ after Norwegian maples and London planes cut down

Three of the five waters classified as being poor are in the Dublin  region: Merrion strand, Sandymount strand (above) and Portrane beach.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Merrion strand risks being declassified as bathing location next year

Prof Paul Callanan pictured with the equatorial telescope in the Crawford Observatory, UCC, which was manufactured by Howard Grubb. It tracks the motion of the stars using clockwork - just the same as Grubb’s “coelostat” device, which was used during the eclipse of 1919. Photograph: Andrew Bradley

Science world marks 100th anniversary of test which provided first evidence of relativity

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: ‘The Government is publicly saying to the people of Ireland that it recognises the seriousness of the environmental crisis, supports the Dáil’s declaration of a climate emergency and is promising action while, behind closed doors, it is business as usual.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Stance ‘a serious a failure of judgment and abdication of responsibility’ – Green leader

Richard Bruton: he said the lesson for Fine Gael from the local and European Parliament elections was “the view our generation had lost the plot” on climate change.

Minister says climate action plan will see ‘massive shift’ from fossil fuel-powered electricity, transport and heating

Carbon taxes, if incorrectly or unfairly applied, hit people who are very dependent on fossil fuels or who are less well off. Photograph: Getty Images

Can carbon tax be used to change behaviour while also protecting less well off?

Green Party Ciaran Cuffe congratulates Hazel Chu  at the Dublin count centre in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Surge in support ‘different’ as Greens reinstate presence in Cork, Limerick and Galway

The sky and emerging stars viewed near the historic O’Driscoll castle on Cape Clear during a clear evening. Photograph: Peter Cox

Light makes it harder to see true beauty of the night sky, says local teacher

New RIA members (from left): Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe, Olivia O’Leary and Diarmaid Ferriter. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

RIA’s new five-year plan launched by Prof Peter Kennedy at admittance day ceremony

Image from the climate protest on Friday, at Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Second national protest led by secondary school pupils in Dublin, Cork and across country

Matthieu Seguin, general manager of Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland with the new 100 per cent recycled PET plastic bottle in its Deep RiverRock range.

Deep RiverRock first major water brand in Ireland to produce fully recycled bottle

Laura Katharine Finnegan, a PhD student in Trinity College: winner of overall award commemorating the science journalist and author Mary Mulvihill who died in 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Illustrator and Trinity student Laura Katharine Finnegan wins 2019 prize

A student at the March for Climate Change which went throught Dublin from St Stephen’s Green to Leinster House in March. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Students’ climate group says Government is failing to address global heating

The sun was used as an ‘all-natural laboratory’ in the team’s study of plasma. The sun, above Oceanside in California. File photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Team ’s plasma research may be used in development of nuclear energy generation

To celebrate UN International Biodiversity Day, the Lord Mayor, Nial Ring and the Director of Eco-Unesco, Elaine Nevin, joined the students of St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s to launch Nature in the Park, a new self-guided handbook for primary school teachers to facilitate the use of local parks in Dublin city as outdoor classrooms.  Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

New €200k nature fund set up ‘to develop and action community biodiversity plans’

Transport policy needs to be more adaptive and collaborative to overcome evident fragmentation, report finds. Photograph: Eric Luke

Report acknowledges ‘deep uncertainties’ about how to tackle climate change

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

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