All major sectors will be subject to a cap on carbon pollution. File photograph: Getty

Major change can come wrapped in dull civil service language. The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020 is one such mileston(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that unless the Government acts now on climate change, Ireland will reach a point of no recovery.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that unless the Government acts now on climate change, Ireland will reach a point of no recovery. Speaking at the (...)

Reducing transport emissions may be complicated by Brexit. A lot of “dirty” cars bought in the Republic come second-hand from the UK.

September saw big developments in climate policy: China committed to eliminate their greenhouse gas emissions by 2060 and the EU Commission published (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: A significant minority now favour an alternative path, and with it, an alternative leader. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Political life goes through cycles, with times of heightened drama followed by periods that are taciturn and mundane. Over four months, the negotiati(...)

Peter Thorne is a professor of physical geography (climate science) at Maynooth University.

Achieving a 7 per cent reduction in carbon emissions annually in Ireland will not happen immediately, so “people have to give the government time to t(...)

Ireland is to phase out oil exploration off coast.

The Government is to phase out oil exploration off the coast of Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced. Speaking ahead of Monday’s climate sum(...)

 The  carbon tax rate currently amounts to about 5 cent on a litre of diesel or around €2.40 on a 40kg bag of coal. Even doubling the rate, the ESRI said, would only increase diesel prices by about 7%. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Ireland has to increase tax on carbon – by a lot and over a sustained period. Our greenhouse gas emissions are way above target and we will soon start(...)

Is fuel in for a hammering due to increased carbon taxes?

Ever since the water charge protests, Irish governments have approached any new source of tax with extreme caution. Water charges themselves were binn(...)

The Government  commissioned research from UCC which bolstered its argument that achieving reductions in agriculture emissions was more expensive in Ireland than elsewhere

Minister for Climate Action Denis Naughten looks set to rankle environmental activists by saying the 2020 target set by the European Union for Irelan(...)

Activists have been calling for an 80 per cent reduction target in carbon emissions to be enshrined in Irish legislation, as it is in other European states. This has been resisted by the Irish Farmers’ Association, however. File photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Government has bowed to criticism from environmental groups by moving to address the absence of specific emission targets in its climate change Bi(...)

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