AIB wants green lending to account for 70 per cent of new customer lending by 2030

AIB has set a deadline for achieving net-zero carbon emissions in its own operations by 2030 and wants green lending to account for 70 per cent of new(...)

Kenyans collect used plastic bags from Nairobi River to resell in marketplaces near the Mukuru slum in Nairobi. Anyone selling, producing, or even carrying a plastic bag there now risks a €35,000 euro fine or up to four years in prison. Photograph: Wendy Stone/Corbis/Getty

Tourists are being warned to avoid bringing plastic bags to Tanzania from June 1st, when a ban will go into force throughout the country. The Tanzani(...)

Reusable fibre shopping bags in a plastic bag-free Woolworths supermarket in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Jill Gralow/Reuters

Australia’s biggest supermarket chains are scrambling to combat “bag rage” as frustrated shoppers vent their anger over the removal of single-use plas(...)

Up to 80 plastic bags extracted from  a whale are seen in Songkhla, Thailand. Photograph: Reuters

Some 80 pieces of plastic rubbish weighing 8kgs were found in the stomach of a whale that died in Thailand after a five-day effort to save it, marine (...)

The number of cyclists in Dublin city has more than doubled over the past six years, with more than 95,000 people using bikes in the capital every day. Photograph: Getty Images

Government spending on cycling infrastructure has plummeted over the past three years despite a dramatic rise in the number of people switching to bik(...)

That an Irish-built yacht Northabout has circumnavigated the Arctic in just seven weeks is a remarkable achievement by everyone involved, including Ba(...)

Stickers for the COP21, in Paris, ahead of the Climate Change Conference 2015. France will be hosting and presiding over the 21st Session of the conference. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Europe has to step up its effort to combat climate change and wake up to the urgency of the situation, climate change expert Nicholas Stern has said b(...)

A sculpture  in memory of those who drowned off the Aran island of Inis Oírr.  Photograph: Paddy Crowe

The Aran island of Inis Oírr may be one tiny island lying off a small island on the western edge of Europe, but it hopes to make a “big impress(...)