Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald takes part in the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images

Question: Do carbon taxes reduce emissions, and have they done so in Ireland? Who is making the claim? On Tuesday night’s RTÉ leaders’ debate, Sinn(...)

Prof John Fitzgerald, chairman, Climate Change Advisory Council and Prof Frank Mitloehner, University of California at the IFA’s Climate Action in Agriculture conference in Dublin . Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

It does not make sense that Ireland is regarded as producing more greenhouse gases than Los Angeles, a city of 13 million people, a US scientist has t(...)

The greatest implications of the Climate Action (Amendment) Bill will lie with the transport, agriculture, housing and energy sectors, which are most responsible for rising Irish CO2 emissions. File photograph: Getty

Details of a climate action Bill which will force transport, agriculture, housing and energy sectors to radically reduce carbon emissions over the com(...)

Our existing indigenous gas reserves, the Corrib field and almost-empty Kinsale reservoir, will be fully depleted by the middle of the next decade

Midwinter is when the Republic uses most electricity. Cold weather, long nights, businesses running at capacity, extended shopping hours, full hospita(...)

Part of the challenge facing Ireland is the fact that agriculture, and in particular the methane gas emanating from the national herd, accounts for one third of emissions, compared with one tenth in the rest of Europe. Photograph: iStock

In this country at least, the topic of climate change is not up for debate. There is widespread consensus both about changing weather and the cause of(...)

Students take part in a march demanding action on the environment in Brussels in February. File photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

This was a year when faith in humanity was restored by the ability of protesters across the globe to raise a collective voice amid political chaos, an(...)

Protestors scale a shale gas rig at Merseyside in the UK in 2011. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

The Government will not support any grant application for EU funding by the Shannon liquefied natural gas (LNG)project until “a security of supply rev(...)

 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

Ireland’s farmers can meet increasingly-difficult targets for the reduction of greenhouse gases over the next 11 years, Teagasc, the State’s agri-food(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s cautious budget was entirely appropriate given the huge uncertainty facing the country over Brexit. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s cautious budget was entirely appropriate given the huge uncertainty facing the country over Brexit. For that ve(...)

Is acceptance of the carbon tax all about trusting the Government to use the money wisely? Photograph: PA

There were reports of some motorists queueing to fill up their tanks ahead of the imposition of the additional carbon tax at midnight on Budget night.(...)

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