Gardaí remove demonstrators during an Extinction Rebellion protest on the day of the Irish budget outside Leinster House. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

As gardaí lifted them from outside the gates of Leinster House on Tuesday evening, Ireland’s climate rebels sang “Gardaí, we love you, we’re doing thi(...)

“Most of the holidaymakers that come to Ireland do so because of the pristine environment.” Photograph: iStock

Sustainable tourism is a big buzzword globally, as the backlash to years of excess begins. Yet what is the Irish hospitality and tourism sector doing (...)

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg: The greenest greens equate economic and even demographic growth with the depletion of the planet.  Photograph:  Eric Baradat

The first photographs of our planet from the moon made it look as finite and delicate as a glass ball. The images are credited in some quarters for th(...)

“People are starting to think about food waste in terms of the environmental message and not simply about what it costs them personally.” Photograph: iStock

Throwing out those leftover carrots you never got around to making soup with? What about those yoghurts long past their best-before date? Food waste i(...)

 Kerry fishermen looking  out to  sea during Storm Ophelia.  The storm brought record waves of “a non-standard height”. Photograph: Stephen Kelleghan

There is an emerging pattern of remnants of hurricanes hitting Ireland more frequently. Their impact is being compounded by more extreme rainfall and (...)

 A counter-demonstrator steps on a pinata during a President Donald Trump rally in Los Angeles, California. Photograph:  David McNew/Getty

Here on the west coast of the United States, the daily drama of Washington politics and the presidency of Donald Trump can seem a world away.  C(...)

The Corrib Gas field is due to run out in 2025. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Republic this week joined Belize, Costa Rica, France and New Zealand in banning oil exploration. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the United Nations th(...)

Herbert Diess, Volkswagen’s chief executive, at the Frankfurt International Motor Show earlier this month. He and Hans Dieter Pötsch; the chairman of Volkswagen’s supervisory board, and Martin Winterkorn a former chief executive, have been charged with stock market manipulation for not alerting shareholders when they learned authorities were investigating the company’s diesel emissions. Photograph: The New York Times

Volkswagen was supposed to turn the corner this year from the shadow of a costly diesel emissions scandal, with a new emphasis on electric vehicles, a(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: insisted that rapid progress must be made on banning smoky coal nationwide.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The level of harmful particles in the air can be twice as high in Longford than in Bray, a comparable town with a smoky coal ban and access to the nat(...)

The  Lough Ree electricity power plant was closed after the Environmental Protection Agency said it would prosecute the ESB for discharging hot water into the Shannon.

The ESB is to reopen its Lough Ree electricity power plant in Longford, which was closed for environmental reasons three months ago. The peat-powered(...)

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