A stream at the Sally Gap in Co Wicklow. Run-off from agricultural fertilisers, pesticides and slurry and sediment from soil erosion are the dominant pollutants in small streams across Ireland

Small streams are crucial for clean water and biodiversity. A new international research project led by UCD’s school of biology and environmental scie(...)

Orang-utan mother with child in nature. Production of palm oil is a leading cause of the loss of half of the world’s orangutans.

We need to talk about palm oil, the ubiquitous oil found in roughly 50 per cent of supermarket items - everything from lipstick and shampoo to sliced (...)

Polar bears  in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, located in the Arctic Ocean, North of Russia. Photograph:  The Siberian Times

Russia is battling an unprecedented invasion of polar bears on a remote Arctic archipelago that is home to the country’s most northerly military base.(...)

  Allotments with runner beans. Illustration: Michael Viney

The decades of this column have seen notable shifts towards more eco-friendly attitudes to food. Growing it organically has lost most of its old eccen(...)

Britain’s Prince William listens to Sir David Attenborough during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP Photo

British naturalist and veteran broadcaster David Attenborough warned global leaders at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Tuesday that humans risk dama(...)

Human history is littered with tales of once-mighty empires and civilisations that crumbled into the dust. While the causes of such collapses are many(...)

An Indian farmer posing in his dried up cotton field at Chandampet Mandal in Nalgonda, east of Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Telangana in 2016. Photograph: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

The emergence of layer upon layer of evidence of accelerating climate change throughout the world is unrelenting. This week, the World Wildlife Fund s(...)

About one-third of the 99 species of bees in Ireland are now either regionally extinct or vulnerable.

Ireland’s experience of species coming under threat of extinction has been broadly in line with trends around the world, an Irish expert on biodiversi(...)

Axonista, led by Claire McHugh, has partnered  global factual content company Off the Fence on WaterBear.

Irish video technology company Axonista has partnered with Dutch factual content producers Off The Fence on an interactive video-on-demand platform “d(...)

A photo taken on May 21st 2015 shows an elephant at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya, approximately 300 km north of the capital Nairobi. “Runaway consumption” has decimated global wildlife, triggered a mass extinction and exhausted Earth’s capacity to accommodate humanity’s expanding appetites, the global conservation group WWF warned on Tuesday. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

The catastrophic decline in world animal populations since 1970, detailed in the 2018 Living Planet Index published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), (...)

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