The herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate. Roundup is manufactured by the Monsanto company, a unit of German pharmaceutical company Bayer, in St Louis in the US. Photograph: Steffen Schmidt/EPA

Bayer shares plunged as much as 14 per cent on Monday, losing about $14 billion in value, after newly acquired Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 millio(...)

Covanta exports bottom ash in 4,000 tonne shipments from the South Docks to the Netherlands. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

While the Poolbeg incinerator burns up 600,000 tonnes of waste a year, it does not completely eliminate it. Almost 20 per cent of waste, or 115,000 to(...)

The Poolbeg incinerator’s plume can appear red at night because of aviation warning lights on the chimney stacks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

John Daly, managing director at Covanta Ireland, knows the Poolbeg incinerator, or waste-to-energy plant to give it its official title, is not the mos(...)

Poolbeg incinerator operator is to apply to An Bord Pleanála to take 15 per cent more waste than the plant’s current 600,000 tonne limit. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The operators of Dublin’s Poolbeg incinerator have confirmed they will seek permission this year to burn an additional 90,000 tonnes of waste annually(...)

Flag-draped transfer cases with the remains of American soldiers repatriated from North Korea at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photograph: Ronen Zilberman/AFP/Getty

US president Donald Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his “kind action” in returning the remains of American soldiers killed in the Ko(...)

Independent TD  Danny Healy Rae at Leinster House. File Photograph: Alan Betson

An environmental campaigner has brought a legal challenge to a decision to allow a company owned by Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae raise the level of (...)

A giant larvacean (the blue, tadpole-like animal) beats its tail, pumping water and microplastic beads (red dots) through its inner filter. Image: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

When we see pictures of beaches and seas choked with plastic, the impact of our throwaway culture sinks home. But the plastic we do not see is probabl(...)

The Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland   reported the outbreak of the bloom  with pictures of the pea green-like soup at a number of locations on Lough Lein. Photograph: Facebook

Kerry County Council is to erect warning signs after toxic blue-green ‘algae’ appeared over the past number of days in Killarney’s largest lake, and m(...)

Dr Heather Lally of GMIT with a  drone

Unmanned aircraft or drones are to be used to test water quality in western lakes. Scientists at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) believe (...)

“Like our neighbours, we once depended wholly on the stream, piped to the house by gravity from one of its higher pools.”

The hill stream ducks under an old stone bridge to swerve through a corner of our acre. Flash floods, carving through a layer of ochreous clay, have d(...)

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