Doctors who gathered earlier this week to protest in support of Extinction Rebellion  in  London to highlight deaths caused by air pollution.  Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Government has yet to produce National Clean Air Strategy

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is pictured  at a conference on Ireland’s agrifood strategy up to 2030 at the Aviva Stadium in  Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Varadkar says Mercosur trade deal bad for beef sector but beneficial for dairy, drinks

A desire among millennials to know  the origin, breed and feed involved in producing the beef they eat was  leading to growth ‘on the premium side’ of the meat market. File image: Kristina Barker/The New York Times.

Conference told meat alternatives expected to make up 60% of meat market by 2040

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivers his address on Ireland’s Agri-Food Strategy to 2030 at the Aviva stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘There is still more time,’ Varadkar tells conference

RIA president Prof Peter Kennedy, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue and artist Emma Ray at the unveiling of the Hamilton artwork. Photograph: Peter Gallagher/Twitter.

William Rowan Hamilton scratched his equation on north Dublin bridge in 1843

 FoodCloud co-founders Iseult Ward (left) and Aoibheann O’Brien at the FoodCloud Hub in Tallaght, Dublin 24. File photograph

Foodcloud call on Irish manufacturers to become partners in donating food

A Somalian girl carries her sibling at the Mooro Hagar camp in  Somalia’s Bay state, an area that has been subject to extreme drought. Photograph: Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Global Hunger Index’s latest findings are ‘a terrible indictment’, Mary Robinson says

Frans Timmermans is tasked by EU Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen to develop a “European green deal” over the next five years. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie LeCocq

Ambition to reach ‘net-zero’ by 2050 is being resisted by a small number of countries

 Teagasc director Prof Gerry Boyle and  Teagasc chairman Liam Herlihy at the launch of the Teagasc annual report and accounts for 2018. Photograph: John Ohle Photography

Agri-food advisory body to train farmers on how to use technology to cut emissions

The after-effects of ectocarpus –  a brown-coloured opportunist algae – in Dublin Bay at Booterstown which is killing seagrass

‘We are seeing climate change on the ground. It’s happening now,’ warns group director

A gas flare at a fracking site near Mentone in Texas. Photograph: Bronte Wittpenn/Bloomberg

Fracked gas has greater emissions footprint than coal, Oireachtas committee hears

Protesters perform a ‘fashion show’ outside Penneys on O’Connell Street in Dublin during an Extinction Rebellion demonstration. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Group aimed to highlight the climate impact of ‘fast fashion’ on third day of protests

Ireland will not ‘move the dial on climate breakdown’ unless there are major changes to transport, farming and forestry, said Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Green Party accuses Government of ‘treading water’ with ‘status-quo’ budget

The Midlands is facing into ’a cliff edge situation’ due to Ireland getting out of peat production and the use of the fuel in power generation, Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton has acknowledged. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Funding announced to support retraining of workers affected by decarbonisation moves

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s budget speech is broadcast on multiple televisions at Harvey Norman Airside Retail Park. Photograph: Alan Betson

Donohoe announces carbon tax rise and €1.2bn package to tackle no-deal scenario

Supernova SN 2018gv, the bright blue point source in the bottom right of the galaxy pictured.

Astrophysicists from Trinity and QUB part of international discovery team

Extinction Rebellion launches ‘Rebellion Week’ with in Dublin city centre on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw: The Irish Times

Climate change group says it will bring ‘society to a standstill’ in further actions

‘There is growing public acceptance of the need for more radical measures on the road to decarbonisation’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Analysis: The increase of €6 per tonne risks being ineffective or counterproductive

Extinction Rebellion activists outside  the Treasury building in London last week. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images

Environmentalist group emboldened by previous non-violent direct actions

Technical Director at iDonate in Co Galway, Alan Coyne, who designed the eSign process which has been approved by  Revenue

Digitisation of tax relief will enable charities to easily access up to 45% more on donations

Ganaa Devee, a surfer from Mongolia, watches the waves at Lahinch in Co Clare on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Analysis: Better to be overprepared and wrong than underprepared and wrong

Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg (centre) has led the drive for environmental activism among young people. Photograph: AP/Susan Walsh

The biggest challenge in reducing waste and increasing recycling is to change human behaviour

Plastic bottles currently have a good market, while tops, tubs and trays are a little more difficult to trade. Photograph: iStock

With waste company Panda set to open a plastic recycling facility, Des Crinion, manager of its recycling division, talks about the(...)

Water emissions from the Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen-powered car. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Role of hydrogen in decarbonisation likely to see it increasingly used over coming decade

 Kerry fishermen looking  out to  sea during Storm Ophelia.  The storm brought record waves of “a non-standard height”. Photograph: Stephen Kelleghan

‘Storms will track this direction more often, and we need to start planning now. Our coastal areas are at substantial risk’

Richard Bruton: he said  three-quarters of electricity would be suppled in the years ahead by renewables, but gas would be needed “when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine”

Independent experts say gas will be a key part of the State’s energy supply for the next 30 years

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton: ‘The reality is living will be different if we want to achieve what we are setting out.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

Richard Bruton insists Government’s plan will ensure 2030 commitments will be met

At 11 per cent (770,000 hectares), Ireland has one of the lowest levels of forest cover in Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move would have far-reaching consequences for State-owned Coillte and Bord na Móna

One of a series of posters issued to coincide with Maths Week 2019. Available to download at

More than 125,000 young people have registered online to attend events

 A meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group on Hurricane Lorenzo  took place on Tuesday in Agriculture House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Lorenzo is latest Atlantic storm to reach Category 5 status following Dorian in August

Wind turbines in the Irish Sea. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Minister says 3.5 gigawatts of power would come from offshore wind in coming decade

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

Shannon development designed to process gas extracted through fracking challenged

Dr Debra Roberts,  chairwoman of one of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working groups  said there’s no replacement for ‘bold, ambitious mitigation’ against climate change. Photograph: Getty Images

Reducing emissions sharply will mean challenging but more manageable consequences

Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan said the report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms irreversible damage is already being done to marine environments and ice sheets.

‘Ireland has received bailout from oceans up to now, but now comes the payback’

The UN report predicts record losses of polar sea ice.  Photograph: Chris Larsen/ NASA/AFP/Getty Images

IPCC predicts increased deadly heatwaves and losses of sea ice

Greta Thunberg and 15 other children have filed a complaint with the UN alleging five of the world’s major economies have violated their human rights. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty

Secretary general welcomes 77 countries’ commitments to net-zero emissions by 2050

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York on Monday. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Government plan to ringfence carbon tax revenues to fund climate actions is welcome

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar at the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York: “By 2030, we will have prohibited the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles.” Photograph: Justin Lane

UN Climate Summit hears State plans for carbon-free economy, electric cars and forests

 The opening of the special United Nations climate summit in New York attended by more that 100 global leaders. photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Secretary-general expects ‘very meaningful’ climate commitments to be nailed down

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (16) speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

The teenage climate activist was no longer cold and clinical, but seething with anger

Mary Robinson: Continuing rises in global emissions means widespread subsidies for fossil fuels ‘must stop’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Large energy firms will have to be brought to heel by ‘litigation or actions by shareholders’ says former president in New York

The world is losing a race against climate change but young people have brought about a welcome change in momentum, the United Nations general secretary Antonio Guterres declared at the UN’s first youth climate summit. Photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images

UN chief says young people have brought welcome momentum ahead of climate summit

 The latest scientific evidence suggests the worst predicted effects of global heating are happening quicker than anticipated. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

Evidence suggests the worst predicted effects of global heating are happening quicker than anticipated

Irish delegates at the UN Youth Climate Summit in New York Jack O’Connor and Valerie Molay.  Photograph: Kevin O’Sullivan

Global response ‘still too slow’ given what’s facing planet, says climate ambassador

Too late? A protester on a rally against climate change inaction in Manhattan, on Friday. Photograph: Brittainy Newman/ New York Times

Political headwinds against radical change, especially from the US, may frustrate agenda

Students take to the streets during for the Global Climate Strike in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Thousands protest in Dublin and countrywide urging Government response

Teen activist Greta Thunberg walks at the Global Climate Strike march on Friday in New York City. Photograph: Getty Images

Activist Greta Thunberg joins demonstration as crowds bring New York to standstill

Climate activist Greta Thunberg outside the US Supreme Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Greta Thunberg will lead biggest march in New York after making impact in Congress

Students on the March for Climate Change in March. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Ten rallies are being held in Irish towns and cities in support of School Strikes for Climate

President Michael D Higgins with  Irish Times Environment and Science Editor  Kevin O’Sullivan. Mr Higgins said humans were threatening the future of the planet, driven  by greed, capitalism and an acceptance of inequality

‘You go to the UN to offer some very much necessary but perhaps for many unpalatable truths ’

Applying a specific levy on single-use plastics is being considered. Photograph: iStock

Bruton to announce plans to cut landfill disposal by 60% and food waste by 50%

The issue has encroached on public consciousness on a global scale fuelled by ‘the Thunberg effect’. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP Photo

A huge protest will precede the upcoming UN Climate Summit. Can it effect change?

President Michael D Higgins: Said remarks he had made at a military award ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin had been simply expressed and he believed a genuine will exists ‘to get it all fixed’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Tánaiste indicates no ‘huge concerns’ about President’s backing for improved money

Historian Catherine Corless holds a list of names of missing children from the mother-and-baby home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam. File photograph:  Reuters

UCD-TCD team urge deployment of more advanced techlology to analyse degraded DNA

Report showed continuing progress in reducing the number of drinking water schemes on the EPA’s remedial action list. Photograph: iStock

EPA recognised company’s improvements and progress on priority issues

Cryptosporidium was detected in 25 public water supplies in 2018, up from 17 in 2017 and 12 in 2016. Photograph: iStock

Overall water quality is high but report finds inadequate processes to treat parasite

Dublin Bay: its sea level  has risen by twice the global average in the past 20 years,  according to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Photograph: Getty Images

Four local authorities in Dublin have completed climate action plans

Society of the Irish Motor Industry accepts changes to the funding regime ‘but now is not the time to do it’. Photograph: Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty

Dealers fret over grants for electric vehicles and potential changes to motor tax and VRT

Limerick is taking part in a pilot project alongside Trondheim in Norway to help define how urban areas in the EU become positive energy cities. Photograph: Getty Images

City's Georgian neighbourhood will become test bed for data collection

Glyphosate is cleared for use in the EU until December 2022. Photograph: iStock

Department of Agriculture said it would await outcome of review to begin later this year

 Philip O’Brien, emissions mitigation specialist with the EPA, told the conference that agriculture emissions have decreased since 1990, from 37 per cent to 33 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Think tank examines future of dairying and agriculture’s role in tackling climate change

Dublin exposure: flooding risk due to more intense storms and sea-level rise makes the capital especially vulnerable as so much of the city is located at the mouth of the Liffey and built on reclaimed land. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Council to adopt renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions and make city ‘climate resilient’

The beach at Shelley Banks, beside Ringsend wastewater treatment plant, covered by a blanket of noxious material. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/ The Irish Times

‘No evidence of sewage discharge,’ on scenic Shelly Banks strand, says Dublin City Council

Minister of State for Agriculture Andrew Doyle,  Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, and   Mark McAuley, director of Forest Industries Ireland, in Dublin’s Botanic Gardens. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Campaign group criticises ‘over-reliance’ on conifers in plantations

Coastwatch director Karin Dubsky with guest speakers Sophie Mjati, of France Nature Environnement, Marc-Philip Buckhout, Seas at Risk policy officer, and  Tatiana Luján, of Client Earth, attending the conference at Trinity College. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Creation of special zones key to tackling over-fishing and biodiversity loss, conference told

Lead author Dr Edmund Gilbert, who is based at RCSI, said the work was helping understand the role of genetic variation in human disease. File photograph: Getty

Strong links to southwest Scotland and the Hebrides emerge going back to sixth century

An agriforestry site on Leo Murphy’s farm in Kilcock, Co Kildare. Photograph: Iain White

Managed forests ‘most effective way to help Ireland do its bit for climate change’

Flooding along the banks of the river Shannon  near Athlone in December 2015. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Finding comes from new study of records from 3,738 flood measurement stations across Europe over five decades

Sir Richard Attenborough art work on Dublin’s South Circular Road. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Free documentary shows at Merrion Square and Blackrock Park aim to highlight climate crisis

Agriculture responsible for 33 per cent of emissions in 2017.

Agriculture the number one culprit in breakdown by sector

In 2016, 10.7 per cent of Ireland’s total land area was covered by forestry; the second lowest proportion in the EU. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

CSO report shows Ireland’s per capita carbon output is more than double the rate in Sweden

The photograph Shane Ross  tweeted over the weekend in Marlay Park, south Dublin. Photograph: Shane Ross Twitter feed

Minister admits Marlay Park charger used in image will not be operational for weeks

Individual farmers have resumed protests outside some plants while BPM leaders remain under threat of injunction by MII

Q&A on the ongoing issues between the Beef Plan Movement and Meat Industry Ireland

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton will today announce the plan which is designed to support the widespread rollout of EVs over the next five years. Photograph: Getty Images

Initiative comes as Government aims to have 936,000 EVs on roads by 2030

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said ‘the report highlights the challenges to conserve biodiversity in Ireland.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Vast majority of designated habitats in Ireland are in poor condition, EU hears

Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of Food Safety Authority of Ireland, and Dr Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority. Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Erosion of trust in society is a threat to food safety, says European food authority

Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland with Dr Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority at the Food Safety Science Conference in Dublin. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic

Dr Url tells Dublin food safety conference 100m people could have calories we bin

MEP Sean Kelly cited the case of a businessman in the environmental sector who told him recently that he could have a particular project on the ground within a year but it would take five years to get planning. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Seán Kelly made comments while addressing Energy in Agriculture open day in Tipperary

Fine Gael  MEP Sean Kelly:  Ireland must up its game in using renewable energy for heating and cooling in particular. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Ireland must face up to political mix in European Parliament and green agenda – MEP

Eager to get going: Michael Quirk (left) at his farm near Cloyne, Co Cork, Joseph Hennessy from Enniscorthy and  IFA renewables committee chairman Tom Short. Photograph: Kevin O’Sullivan

‘The solar story has become one of massive projects by offshore private equity players’

Aldi’s  fresh fish range has already undergone the redesign, with clear recyclable packaging trays introduced. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Move will save more than 450 tonnes of non-recyclable waste annually in 139 outlets

An Taisce has also objected to terms of the new licence for the Lanesborough plant which employs 150 permanent and seasonal employees.

Among objectors are An Taisce and two prominent international environmental lobbies

SuperValu managing director Martin Kelleher, with one of the new compostable shopping bags it is introducing.

Retailer hoping to take 2.5 million plastic bags out of circulation over the next year

Dr Karen Doyle, a neuroscientist with Cúram, who is based at Galway Neuroscience Centre in NUI Galway. Photograph: NUI Galway

Focus of short film is on removed blood clots and the information they may yield

George Gabriel Stokes made profound contributions to hydrodynamics and devised and performed many ingenious experiments in optical science. Portrait: The Royal Society

‘Powerful and unerring’ mathematician born in Skreen, Co Sligo, 200 years ago

A winchman works to retrieve a victim during the 1979   Fastnet Race. File photograph: Keystone/Getty

Rerun of forecast for 1979 race shows how far weather modelling systems have advanced

A number of birds including other cormorants and cygnets were removed from the river. Photograph: Athlone Town Facebook page

Westmeath County Council investigating source of ‘very serious’ pollution

Community members march in support of Plastic-free Kinvara’s public awareness campaign to keep the land and sea plastic-free. Photograph: Louise O’Neill Vance

‘We share a love of this place. We need to stand together if we’re going to save it’

Holstein cows: Everybody needs to think carefully about their diets, experts say. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters

Campaigners and Greens endorse UN call for land-use plan for changing climate

 Mark Senn, chef and owner of Veginity Restaurant, Dorset Street Upper, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

IPCC report on climate change argues major shift to vegetarian diets is needed

Irish Farmers’ Association environment chairman Thomas Cooney rejects Green Party calls for “less of Ireland’s sustainable dairy and beef produce”.

Irish Farmers’ Association says attack on national herd ‘lacks climate credibility’

Greenpeace activists  outside the United Nations in Geneva on Thursday as the IPCC special report on Climate Change and Land is released. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

‘Earth has never felt smaller, its natural ecosystems never under such direct threat’

 Greenpeace activists hold a banner in front of the UN before a news conference on the Special Report on Climate Change and Land  in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph08 August 2019. Photograph: EPA

UN report stops short of calling on all to embrace vegan or vegetarianism

Eating more fuit and vegetables and less meat can help to reduce harmful emissions.

Changes to farming and eating habits among measures required to tackle emergency

A combine harvests wheat in Corn, Oklahoma. File photograph: Nick Oxford/Reuters

Report proposes a major shift towards vegetarian and vegan diets

Khadan Mohammed Hamed (19): She knows about climate change and soil erosion from her biology class and realises that combination has eroded a way of life.  Photograph: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide

Almost 600,000 climate refugees show remarkable resilience in harrowing conditions

Members of the Janagal self-help group counting their profits. Since starting the Concern programme, they’ve grown  in wealth, confidence and wellbeing. Photograph: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide

Women in Somaliland using donations to develop businesses that help locals

In the village of Jir Jir in Somaliland, shopkeeper Roble Barkad accepts cashless payments confirmed by text. Photograph: Gavin Douglas

The cashless system, which is free to use, emerged following the 2017 drought

Sahra Mohamed and Marya Abdulah get drinking water from the Concern and Echo-funded water catchment tank in northern Somaliland. Photograph: Gavin Douglas/ Concern Worldwide

Among the poorest countries in the world, it has proven reserves of oil and natural gas

Sahra Mohamed and Marya Abdulah getting drinking water from the Concern and EU Echo-funded water catchment tank in Northern Somaliland. Photograph: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide

Pastoralist lifestyle of nomads is under threat from repeated drought and cyclones

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