The April figure for auto diesel of 139 million litres was the lowest monthly figure in the past 20 years, according to the study. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish greenhouse gas emissions reduced by an estimated 2.5 per cent between March and May as a result of the impact of the lockdown from the Covid-19 (...)

How traffic usually looks on the Champs-Élysées: At one point during the lockdown Paris’s nitrogen dioxide levels were 61 per cent below pre-pandemic levels. Photograph: Tim Graham/Getty Images

Air pollution levels have rebounded sharply in a number of leading European cities since coronavirus restrictions eased, driven by an increase in traf(...)

Merrion Strand in Dublin is the first Irish beach to shut permanently after failing EPA standards for the fifth successive year. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Bathing water quality in Europe has improved markedly in recent years though Ireland is in the bottom quarter in bathing sites that have an excellent (...)

Dublin during a normal rush hour. Each week the school run requires Irish parents to drive 7 million km. Photograph: Getty Images

Lower levels of traffic on roads, as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, have led to a halving of emissions of the pollutant nitrogen dioxide in Irelan(...)

The research, carried out by the universities of Bologna and Bari, has raised the possibility that the Corona-19 virus cells could attach themselves to the tiny particles of soot, the infamous ‘particulate matter’ which is part of the exhaust fumes of passing vehicles

Higher levels of air pollution could be worsening the effects of Covid-19, while Italian researchers have raised the possibility that the virus could (...)

Members of Extinction Rebellion stage a protest at Cibeles Fountain during the UN climate change conference (COP25) in Madrid last week. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

A disconnect between the latest scientific warnings and political action in addressing the climate crisis was all too evident as the annual UN negotia(...)

One of the busiest streets in Copenhagen, where 75 per cent of all trips are on foot, by bike or public transport. Photograph: Betina Garcia/New York Times

The critical role of cities in cutting carbon pollution and embracing genuine sustainability is threaded through the European Environment Agency 2020 (...)

Any thoughts of securing special concessions under agriculture – Ireland is  unique in exporting 90 per cent of produce, and has relatively good carbon efficiency in beef and dairying – depend on upping our overall game, reinforced by the credible plans of Irish governments, EEA executive director Hans Bruyninckx said. File photograph: Getty

An initial reading of the latest 500-page report on the state of the Europe’s environment adds to feelings of despondency about the fate of Planet Ear(...)

The European Environment Agency has warned the increasing impacts of climate disruption, such as flooding, means Europe faces 'unprecedented' environmental challenges. Photograph: Janez Zalazni/EEA

Europe is at an environmental tipping point which threatens its prosperity and the risks go beyond the consequences of human-induced global warming, a(...)

Greta Thunberg: the climate activist travelled to New York on a zero-carbon yacht. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Even if you strive for a sustainable lifestyle at home, it may be tempting to avoid thinking about the effect your travels could have on the environme(...)

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