The idea of global warming was developed by the Irish scientist and Carlow man, John Tyndall (1820-93). Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Is the world ever going to get on top of global carbon dioxide releases? One despairs when you see those images of giant smoke stacks with what looks (...)

Cancer survivor Stephanie Powell and James Gilleran from the Navan Road during the launch of Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins
Cancer: a timely warning on radon

The publication of the first study in the Republic to confirm a strong link between living in an area with a high level of radon gas and an increased (...)

The report says regulatory policy options could be considered, such as providing incentives to radon-proof buildings in areas that are at risk. Photograph: Alan Betson

Living in an area with a high level of radon gas increases the risk of a lung cancer diagnosis, new research has found. Exposure to the naturally o(...)

In 2014, as evidence mounted about the harmful effects of diesel exhaust on human health, scientists in an Albuquerque, New Mexico, laboratory conduct(...)

If you had invested in Volkswagen a day before the diesel scandal was exposed in September 2015, your stock would not only be up 10 per cent by now, i(...)

A whopping 75 per cent of food crop species need pollination to maximise the amount of seed or fruit produced

It may seem blindingly obvious, but unlike birds, mammals and insects, plants can’t move around to find a mate. So when it comes to ensuring their gen(...)

The process of artificially and pre-emptively creating immunity to an infectious disease has existed for centuries. Yet we can still find the concept (...)

The Climate Change Advisory Council last month warned Ireland was not on track to meet its EU 2020 commitments to reduce carbon emissions, and would struggle to decarbonise its economy by 2050. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland must meet its climate change targets or face substantial fines in two years’ time, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Mr Varadkar said the coun(...)

The Environmental Protection Agency said local authorities needed to improve segregation of household food waste to avoid avoid odour nuisance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has criticised two local authorities for failures in environmental enforcement performance between 2014 and (...)

For centuries, citizens have been actively contributing to advancing scientific knowledge in some way. Photograph: iStock

In 2015, more than three thousand students buried tea bags in the Swedish countryside. By measuring how the weight of the tea bags changed after they (...)

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