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Sphagnum mosses, commonly known as peat mosses, provide essential ecosystem services. These specialised species of bryophytes not only sequester and store carbon in vast quantities but as a collection of hollow cells also store or retain water in large quantities, thus greatly reducing flood risks. Photograph: APB

The flood of well-founded bad news about the climate and biodiversity crises can be overwhelming. So it is invigorating to find islands of ecological (...)

Niall Grainger, managing director of GP Wood in Cork,  watches timber imported from Germany being unloaded at Passage West, Co  Cork. Photograph: Brian Lougheed

Sawmiller GP Wood imported 100 truckloads of timber from Europe this week to combat a looming shortage in the Republic. The Oireachtas has just passe(...)

Arklow Bank Wind Park off the coast of Co Wicklow

Ireland currently has the highest share of electricity demand met by onshore wind in the world, with almost 37 per cent of electricity coming from thi(...)

Johnson Hana has a network of more than 1,000 lawyers, legal technology specialists and project managers to handle its work.

Legal services specialist Johnson Hana is raising €3.5 million from existing backers to bankroll expansion in the United States and the UK. Founded by(...)

Sopwell Hall Estate,  Co Tipperary.

“A piece of heaven,” is how Michael Ramsden describes his home of 35 years. “You cannot hear a thing at night, there is no sound, light or air polluti(...)

The legislation will change the way appeals lodged against felling licences are handled and allow the Forestry Appeals Committee to increase in size and to hear more than one appeal at a time. Photograph: iStock

The Cabinet has approved a series of forestry sector reforms aimed at reducing a logjam in the processing of appeals of tree felling licence applicati(...)

Forestry Industry Ireland estimates that the failure to tackle a backlog of licence appeals stretching back two years now threatens to leave the Republic short of timber needed to build new homes. Photograph: iStock

Most of the 8,800 submissions on proposals to streamline forestry licence appeals favour changing the law, it has emerged. The sawmilling industry bl(...)

Fergal Moran of CJ Sheeran Group: “We need to have a competitive source of Irish timber to remain competitive ourselves.”

The State’s largest manufacturer and recycler of timber pallets has increasingly been forced to import timber as a result of a shortage of the product(...)

Photograph: iStock

The timber industry is at “breaking point” with thousands of jobs at “imminent risk”, the boss of State-owned forestry business Coillte has warned, as(...)

A report by the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) says planning decisions need to be made faster if the scale of renewable energy expansion in a very tight timeframe is to be realised. File photograph: Reuters

Ireland will miss the Climate Action Plan’s target of achieving 70 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 “because of a broken plannin(...)

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