Water quality should be monitored year-round at beaches where increasing numbers of people are regularly swimming outside the summer season, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Water quality should be monitored year-round at beaches where increasing numbers of people are regularly swimming outside the summer season, the Envir(...)

Ireland generated 14 million tonnes of waste in 2018. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Ireland continues to be a throwaway society and depends heavily on incineration, while recycling of some waste categories has peaked, according to the(...)

The EPA says waste collectors have a critical role in ensuring their customers segregate correctly and use the appropriate bin.

Ireland’s packaging recycling rates are going in the wrong direction, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said. Recycling rates for packag(...)

Animal manures produce about 99 per cent of ammonia emissions in agriculture. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish agriculture must immediately address a growing ammonia emissions problem, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned in its latest ana(...)

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(...)

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