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An agriforestry site on Leo Murphy’s farm in Kilcock, Co Kildare. Photograph: Iain White

As the Government unveils plans to plant 22 million trees every year over the next two decades, Ireland’s forestry industry has rejected what it has c(...)

Plastic pollution is so widespread that people may be ingesting 5g a week, the equivalent of eating a credit card, a new study states. Image: Getty.

Plastic pollution is so widespread that people may be ingesting 5g a week, the equivalent of eating a credit card, a study commissioned by the environ(...)

Is this the NSA whose mass snooping was exposed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden? Photograph: Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images

It is not every day that I hear from a huge American surveillance outfit like the National Security Agency, the one whose mass snooping was exposed by(...)

In the principality of Asturias more than half the land is protected, as are the bears

Tiny purple autumn crocus are the only flowers this high up, colouring an otherwise harsh terrain. Choughs, the crow of the mountains, call to each ot(...)

Aerial view of the Iriri River in the  Amazon Rainforest.   Brazil is home to more than half of the world’s plant and animal species. Photograph:  Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty

The destruction of nature threatens humanity at least as much as human-induced climate change, a global report on species loss will warn on Monday. C(...)

Michal Kurtyka (second from right), the Polish official who chaired the COP24 summit,  announcing the agreement in Katowice, Poland with the  heads of  delegations. Photograph:AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski

A total of 195 countries, signatories to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, have agreed a common rulebook for implementing the pact from (...)

Former US vice president Al Gore criticised  the three big oil and gas producing countries including the US as they were ‘at least temporality unwilling to contribute to the progress we need in policy’.  Photograph: Agencja Gazeta/Grzegorz Celejewski/via Reuters

Former US vice president Al Gore arrived at the UN climate change talks on Wednesday to underline the cost of failing to implement joint actions, and (...)

A black rhino in a holding pen in Zakouma National Park in Chad. Photograph: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images

Conservation groups have welcomed an apparent U-turn by China over the use of rhino and tiger products in traditional medicine. The government in Bei(...)

 November sunset: a new report says small families with long-lived members,   contributing well into old age as  workers and caregivers, should be the international goal. Illustration: Michael Viney

On the day I was born, in 1933, I joined some two billion members of Homo sapiens, the planet’s dominant and fastest-proliferating mammal. That figure(...)

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(...)

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