The Amazon rainforest on fire near  a  highway in Para state, Brazil. Photograph:  Nelson Almeida/AFP via Getty Images

The year is 2035; location is The Hague in the Netherlands. Disgraced former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro (80) is scheduled to appear before th(...)

Scientists, climate campaigners and most Greens insist in that context livestock numbers must be reduced after years of sustained expansion. Photograph: Getty Images

Among the most problematic issues in talks on forming a new government were inevitably going to be around climate action; measures to decarbonise the (...)

Part of Rossbeigh strand in Co Kerry, where seagrass is severely depleted. Photograph: Coastwatch Kerry

As estimated 7 per cent of seagrass habitat is being lost worldwide each year, according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report, which warns the (...)

‘A separate reduction target for methane could be a good idea.’ Photograph: EPA/Robert Perry

The Green Party has sought a commitment of a 7 per cent reduction in carbon emissions annually as a precondition for entering talks on government form(...)

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(...)

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