Sadhbh O’Neill and David Healy of Friends of the Irish Environment outside the Four Courts on Friday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Ireland has “exposed its citizens to risk and danger without justification” by not taking adequate measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fai(...)

Members of Friends of the Irish Environment, from left, David Healy, Sadhbh O’Neill, Tony Lowes and Clodagh Daly at the High Court, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) is seeking to impose a parallel track of hugely onerous climate change obligations on the State without any of (...)

 Friends of the Irish Environment are taking a legal action under the banner of ‘Climate Case Ireland’  against the  Government in which it has asked the court to quash the State’s existing plan to combat climate change.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times.

The State cannot claim the Government’s national mitigation plan (NMP) to reduce carbon emissions is immune to legal challenge if the rights of citize(...)

“Any world leaders who thought they could hit the snooze button have been given a final wake-up call.” Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

Increasing coal, oil and gas use are pushing global carbon emissions to an all-time high, climate scientists have told the UN climate talks in Katowic(...)

Among the targets are achieving 32 per cent use of renewable energy sources and meeting a 32 per cent target in energy efficiency. File photograph: PA

While Ireland is unlikely to meet EU decarbonisation and renewable energy targets for 2020, “an ambitious, but realistic, climate and energy roadmap” (...)

When the Government last year issued its overdue National Mitigation Plan (NMP) to cut emissions and adopt renewable energy, it was billed as the main(...)

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten defended the Government’s commitment to tackling climate change. File photograph:  Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Ministers in charge of climate action in seven EU countries have called for a more ambitious strategy to counter global warming in response to “alarmi(...)

The Climate Change Advisory Council says Ireland has the third highest emissions per capita for residential energy use in the EU

Ireland is not on track to meet its 2020 commitments to reduce carbon emissions, and will struggle to decarbonise its economy by 2050, the Climate Cha(...)

New measures should include a substantial increase in the carbon tax, and a phasing out of coal and peat for both residential heating and power generation. Photograph: Getty

Ireland is not on track to meet its 2020 targets or to decarbonise its economy by 2050, according to the Climate Change Advisory Council. In additio(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described the National Mitigation Plan on climate change as ‘a first step’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In the world of politics and economics, there’s always a deal to be cut and a compromise to be reached. The real world, governed by the iron laws of p(...)

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