The State will face substantial recurring penalties from next year for non-compliance on emissions – likely to run to hundreds of millions of euro. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Ireland exceeded its annual greenhouse gas emissions allocation by more than five million tonnes last year, with the latest figures showing the State (...)

 Kerry fishermen looking  out to  sea during Storm Ophelia.  The storm brought record waves of “a non-standard height”. Photograph: Stephen Kelleghan

There is an emerging pattern of remnants of hurricanes hitting Ireland more frequently. Their impact is being compounded by more extreme rainfall and (...)

Agriculture is by far the most common source of ammonia emissions, which arise from decomposition of animal manures and the application of fertiliser. File photograph: Reuters

Ammonia emissions in Ireland increased by 2 per cent in 2017, while levels of the noxious pollutant are projected to continue to increase up to 2030, (...)

Food Justice Truck for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Melbourne

More than half the world’s population currently lives in cities and it is there where most food is wasted – in supermarkets, restaurants, office cante(...)

General waste is rising rapidly, at 580kg per head per year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish households and business are all too often putting the wrong waste in the wrong bin, including almost half of organic household waste, according (...)

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton welcomed the overall decrease, but highlighted Ireland was “far off course to achieve the emissions targets that we have committed to”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show Ireland’s carbon emissions decreased slightly in 2017, marking the first time since(...)

The EPA has highlighted the need for a decisive move away from fossil fuels. Photograph: iStock

Ireland’s total greenhouse gas emissions are set to increase up to 2020, driven by strong economic growth, according to the latest Environmental Prote(...)

The latest data points to leaner production methods in the pharmaceutical sector. Photograph: iStock

The amount of hazardous waste managed in the State rose by 18 per cent in 2016 to 409 kilotons, with the rise due mainly to an increase in the amount (...)

The State could face European Union fines of more than €450 million in 2020 for missing legally binding targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, (...)

Stacks of empty plastic bottles, which can be employed for inventive, useful structures such as greenhouses. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has undergone a transformation in recycling and recovery of waste, but it will find it challenging to meet the new EU targets for 2030, the En(...)

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