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Pieter Nota, BMW board member in charge of sales: “For us the road is not to force certain technologies through –  it’s more about the end results environmentally, it’s about clean air.

Here’s a 10-pointer pub quiz question: what’s the biggest tourist attraction in Bavaria? No, it’s not Munich’s infamous putsch beer hall, or the Neusc(...)

Douglas Carswell: He said the Irish Government had “played a blinder tactically” in putting the backstop central in the withdrawal agreement but had been “strategically stupid” if its intention was “to bind Britain in” and minimise the consequences of Brexit. Photograph: Getty Images

Britain will most likely leave the EU without a deal at or around the end of October unless there is a time-limit on the contentious backstop, former (...)

Simon Coveney: acknowledged it was Green Party ministers such as John Gormley, Eamon Ryan and Trevor Sargent who first introduced the idea of carbon budgets. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The Government has strongly defended its climate action plan at the first of a series of town hall meetings on climate change amid claims the plan is (...)

The Irish beef and veal sector is hugely dependent on exports with five of every six tonnes of produce exported and about half of this going to the UK. Photograph: iStock

A multi-million euro aid package has been agreed to support Irish beef farmers who have been hit by market uncertainty because of Brexit . EU member (...)

The Green-Veined White butterfly which is in moderate decline in Ireland. Photograph: Dr Liam Lysaght

What is nature worth to you? This is not a hypothetical question. The cost to society of healing and maintaining the health of Ireland’s natural envir(...)

Brussels event hears Ireland must have “good story” on domestic   climate policy  if it is to be respected in developing states.   Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Ireland must “have a good story to tell” on climate-change policy at home if it is to be respected in developing states struggling to handle the worst(...)

Lord Paul Bew said: “A new, modern case for the union must be developed, based on the principle of consent.” Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The new British prime minister must make the case for the United Kingdom with a positive vision to counter the nationalist narrative, a prominent hist(...)

A decade ago the then government set a target that 10 per cent of the Irish vehicle fleet would be electric by 2020, meaning 240,000 electric vehicles on our roads. We’re likely to be 230,000 shy of that target by the end of next year.

A million electric cars by 2030. It sounds fantastic and it is time to do the maths to see if it is realistic. There were 2.7 million vehicles on Ir(...)

The Union Of Concerned Scientists studied the ‘well to wheel’ conundrum and came up with the following conclusion: “We found that battery electric cars generate half the emissions of the average comparable gasoline car, even when pollution from battery manufacturing is accounted for.”

  Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough may be separated greatly by age and experience, but both have arguably done more in the past year than a(...)

Castle Blunden: Jane and Caroline Blunden at their former family home, in Co Kilkenny, some of whose contents are being auctioned on June 25th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

THE BLUNDEN TWINS HAVE TRAVELLED THE WORLD THROUGH ART AND CULTURE. NOW THEY ARE BACK FOR A FINAL SALE OF CONTENTS AT CASTLE BLUNDEN, IN CO KILKENN(...)

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