New measures should include a substantial increase in the carbon tax, and a phasing out of coal and peat for both residential heating and power generation. Photograph: Getty

Ireland is not on track to meet its 2020 targets or to decarbonise its economy by 2050, according to the Climate Change Advisory Council. In additio(...)

Chair of the Citizen’s Assembly,  the Honourable Ms Mary Laffoy: the 13 proposed measures that emerged are rooted in pragmatism vital for what’s immediately facing Ireland and the world. Photograph: Tom Honan.

The recommendations made by the Citizens’ Assembly have the potential to achieve the kind of societal transformation necessary for Ireland to play its(...)

Members of the Dublin Youth Dance Company perform a Dance for Climate Action to highlight the proceedings of the Citizens’ Assembly at Malahide. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Citizens’ Assembly members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a tax on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture despite the opposition of the Iri(...)

The Citizens’ Assembly in the Grand Hotel Malahide discussed climate change this weekend. Photograph: Tom Honan

Ireland is going to miss its 2020 emission targets by more than expected, the Citizens’ Assembly has been told. Professor John FitzGerald, the chair(...)

While the EU early on adopted policy measures to reduce emissions in electricity generation, the results have shown these policies to date have been very ineffective. File photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The European Union’s goal is that, by 2050, its level of emissions of greenhouse gases will no longer impact negatively on the environment. This is an(...)

Bord na Móna’s exit from peat, including making briquettes, had to be carefully planned, head of business transformation Joe Lane said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The semi-State energy company Bord na Móna has defended its plan to continue using peat for electricity generating up to 2030 in spite of its impact i(...)

Between 2008 and 2015, an extra 471,711 diesel cars took to the road, while the number of petrol cars decreased by 425,903. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tax on diesel fuel may have to be increased to limit a trend that has seen the number of private cars powered by it rise significantly in recent years(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described the National Mitigation Plan on climate change as ‘a first step’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In the world of politics and economics, there’s always a deal to be cut and a compromise to be reached. The real world, governed by the iron laws of p(...)

There has been much talk but little action by successive governments as they dithered over Ireland’s international undertakings to address global warming. Photograph: Kamal Kishore/ Reuters

The Climate Change Advisory Council has delivered a sharply critical response to the Government’s National Mitigation Plan for carbon emissions and co(...)

Driving change: the move to electric cars Photograph:  PA

The major benefits of halting climate change will be felt by future generations, but the financial costs of taking the necessary actions will be borne(...)

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