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(...)

The transition to a low-carbon and more sustainable future offers us opportunities, but we must plan for this transition and ensure that those communities whose livelihoods will be most impacted are supported. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Ireland’s track record on meeting our national and international targets on climate policy is lamentable, to say the least. Our greenhouse gas emissio(...)

Richard Bruton: he said the lesson for Fine Gael from the local and European Parliament elections was “the view our generation had lost the plot” on climate change.

The Government’s plan to respond to voter demands to do more to combat the threat of climate disruption will be published shortly, Minister for Climat(...)

Carbon taxes, if incorrectly or unfairly applied, hit people who are very dependent on fossil fuels or who are less well off. Photograph: Getty Images

What is a carbon tax? A carbon tax is a penalty on oil, petrol, diesel, gas, coal and peat; any fuel that emits CO2 when burned, such as in heating a(...)

Green Party Ciaran Cuffe congratulates Hazel Chu  at the Dublin count centre in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Election surges have happened before, but this time it is different. The Greens have more than quadrupled their number of council seats, have got back(...)

Student  protesters in  Dublin on Friday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Thousands of young Irish students took to the streets at lunchtime on Friday in a second round of national protests demanding a more radical response (...)

Image from the climate protest on Friday, at Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Thousands of young Irish students calling on the Government to back its demands on addressing the climate crisis facing the planet took to the streets(...)

Draft proposal on climate disruption aims for   70 per cent of Irish electricity needs to  come from renewable sources by 2030. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The use of the term “climate disruption” in the title of the Government’s plan to respond to a rapidly warming world suggests there is finally a minds(...)

The impact on cities, the biggest source of emissions on a per capita basis, will be dramatic, given what is envisaged in the electrification of transport and the built environment. File photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

The draft Government plan on responding to a warming world that potentially poses an existential threat to humanity sets out its ambition succinctly: (...)

Irish butterfly populations have declined by  12 per cent over the past decade.

The latest evaluation of biodiversity loss in Ireland confirms potentially-catastrophic species loss and deterioration of globally-important habitats (...)

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