The coal and peat industries must be phased out, while oil imports are radically reduced. We also need to transition from beef farming to more sustainable uses of land.

We are hurtling towards a climate breakdown. Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed 415 parts per million for the first time in hum(...)

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

The Government has outlined a highly ambitious plan to cut Irish carbon emissions on a sustained basis up to 2030, which will be backed by annual incr(...)

All of Government Plan to Tackle Climate Disruption will be published by Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton in the coming weeks.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Oireachtas will vote on new carbon budgets set out by successive governments, with any purchasing of carbon credits by departments who fail to hit(...)

As much as Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe may wish it were otherwise, a rise in carbon taxes is firmly on the agenda for Budget 2020. Photograph: iStock

For years, the Government has dodged, ducked, swerved and skipped it in every way possible. But the issue of how to implement a significant and behavi(...)

The cross-party committee recommends scaling up adoption of renewable energy.

The Climate Action Committee report on addressing climate change has 40 recommendations, adding up to a fundamental redirection in how Ireland respond(...)

Hildegarde Naughton, chairwoman of committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The all-party Committee on Climate Action have reached agreement on a far-reaching series of actions to scale up Ireland’s response to global warming.(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman Barry Cowen said constituencies such as his own of Offaly, where Bord na Móna has a significant presence, could see its industries affected. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil has warned it will not support any carbon tax increases in the budget unless the money raised is reinvested in affected communities and m(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley: he said there was a need to increase carbon taxes, but it was unclear how those most affected would be supported

An attempt to agree a common position on increasing carbon taxes while protecting those on low incomes and experiencing fuel poverty will be made by T(...)

Not-for-profit group CDP assessed the environmental impact of more than 7,000 companies around the world in 2018. Photograph: iStock

Several leading Irish companies have been named and shamed for not reporting their greenhouse gas emissions. CDP, a not-for-profit organisation which(...)

The current carbon tax adds about 5.3 cents to a litre of diesel. Photograph: iStock

What is a carbon tax? A carbon tax is a tax on the use of fossil fuels such as oil, petrol, diesel, gas, coal and peat; anything emitting CO2 when it’(...)

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