Just nine per cent of plastic is recycled. More than eight millions tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. Photograph: iStock

A billion plastic bottles will be recycled into house insulation by Irish company, Kingspan by 2025, following a deal which will see dumped plastic co(...)

“What is now rightly referred to as the ‘extinction crisis’ is due to us,” President Michael D Higgins told the National Biodiversity Conference. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh

Human beings “have been living an incredible contradiction” in believing their modern existence can continue unchanged, separate to destruction of nat(...)

Inger Andersen, the director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

A collapse in species is evident throughout the world including Ireland but pointing the finger of blame at farmers is not the way to address the cris(...)

The world has a little over a decade to bring down greenhouse gas emissions before  dangerous levels of warming become inevitable.  Photograph: Getty Images

Countries are failing to take the action needed to stave off the worst effects of climate change, a UN report has found, and the commitments made in t(...)

  UN environment chief Erik Solheim: ‘I have been and remain committed to doing what I believe to be in the best interest of UN Environment and the mission we are here to achieve.’ Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images

UN environment chief Erik Solheim said on Tuesday he had resigned after receiving a final audit of his official travel. A draft of the report found (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (centre) with Stephen Nolan, chief executive of Sustainable Nation Ireland, and Kirsten Dunlop, chief executive of EIT Climate-KIC. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

A UN programme that encourages global financial centres to place “sustainable and green finance” at the heart of their operations and help fight clima(...)

A mother weighs her malnourished child in south Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images

Expect to see far more of that polar bear marooned on a shrinking ice floe. With Donald Trump’s disgraceful decision to withdraw the United States fro(...)

Ireland is grossly underinvesting in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, according to a report from the UN’s Environment Programme. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw.

Ireland is grossly underinvesting in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure which helps to save lives and reduce carbon emissions, according to a repor(...)

Two significant thresholds on climate change have been crossed this year, with ominous consequences for the future. The World Meteorological Organisat(...)

Noo Saro-Wiwa, daughter of executed Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, with Sr Majella McCarron, at Maynooth University. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two decades after Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged with eight colleagues for opposing the oil industry’s activities in Ogoniland, his death ha(...)

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