Allotments with runner beans. Illustration: Michael Viney

The decades of this column have seen notable shifts towards more eco-friendly attitudes to food. Growing it organically has lost most of its old eccen(...)

Anja Murray: “When you go out with friends and children, leave your phones at home and go with the intention of noticing what’s going on around you.”

As National Heritage Week focuses on nature, Sylvia Thompson asks environmentalists how – in spite of the gloomy statistics on species loss and habita(...)

Garden enthusiasts at Bloom in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bloom’s Grand Pavilion is the place where you’ll find hordes of the country’s hardcore plantaholics dedicatedly scouring the handsome displays of spec(...)

Nearly 400,000 tyres were burned in recycling facilities in Northern Ireland between 2009 and 2015. Photograph: iStock

The Stormont administration in Northern Ireland is struggling to deal with millions of tonnes of illegally dumped waste, thousands of incidents of fly(...)

Hot air?: The lowering of Ireland’s targets for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030 was a clear victory for lobbyists in favour of radical expansion of beef and dairy farming. Photograph: E+/Getty

Climate-smart agriculture is “not just a list of technologies and practices; it is also the process of engaging all stakeholders around a common visi(...)

EPA director general  Laura Burke:    “We must implement appropriate measures across all of society and the economy to break the link between prosperity and pollution.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A very mild winter was a significant factor in the slight decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in 2014, according to figures from the Environmental P(...)

A French customs officer photographs one of the banners brought by Irish environmental activists to the UN climate conference. Photograph: William Hederman

A bus carrying 35 Irish climate activists was stopped by French police in the port of Cherbourg for almost three hours on Thursday. The activists, r(...)

Global warming: “We are the last generation who can limit the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions,” says Bernie Connolly of Cork Environmental Forum. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

Just over a year ago, as the UN Climate Summit met at United Nations headquarters in New York, 400,000 people took to the streets of the city for t(...)

‘Generating solar electricity on our roofs should be one of the easiest projects for a householder or a community. But in Ireland you don’t get paid for supplying solar electricity to the grid. That explains why we have only 1MW of installed solar, while the UK has 3,400 MW.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Industrial wind? Coal at Moneypoint? Fracking? Peat? The Government is consulting on the future of our energy system. They will prepare a document lat(...)