The principle that any funds raised by charging be used only for water such as investment in infrastructure and maintenance must apply, seminar told. Photograph: iStick

Water is such a critical resource for both human populations across Planet Earth and for nature that users have to pay for it, according to Loïc Fauch(...)

“Now, more than ever, Ireland’s green and blue spaces, which include urban parks, coasts, lakes, rivers, forest and bogs, are essential components of our health infrastructure.” An aerial photograph of Clew Bay in Co Mayo taken by Ordnance Survey Ireland

The latest assessment of the state of the Irish environment shows a litany of planning and enforcement failures are putting nature and wild places “un(...)

EPA director general Laura Burke

Ireland achieved a significant 4.5 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 in spite of a growing economy, marking the largest decline s(...)

In its 2020 review the council stresses the urgency of “shifting from planning to action” if the country is to reduce emissions over the next decade, and get on track to achieve a net-zero emissions economy and society by 2050.  Photograph: iStock

“A radical shift in gear” is required if Ireland is to meet its 2030 climate targets, especially reductions in carbon emissions, according to the Clim(...)

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 (...)

Farmers participating in the ‘Smart Farming’ voluntary programme reduced emissions by 9 per cent and saved an average of €7,170 a year, the EPA said.  Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

A growing number of Irish farmers want to participate in “Smart Farming” which aims to reduce carbon emissions and improve efficiency, according to th(...)

 Denis Naughten: he said the Government has pledged €22bn   under the National Development Plan to tackle climate change

Legislation and taxes will be used to ensure that Ireland will meet its international climate change obligations, the Minister for Climate Action and (...)

A file image from March 2018 showing the frozen sculpture fountain at the Irish Life Building in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Recent extreme weather events linked to climate change have “severely tested the resilience of Ireland’s infrastructure; economy, healthcare services (...)

 A total of 1,000 farmers will have participated in the programme by the end of 2017, with detailed resource efficiency assessments completed on 38 farms. Photograph: Oktay Ortakcioglu/E+/Getty

A new initiative to encourage “smart farming” has succeeded in reducing CO2 emissions by 10 per cent on participating farms, and also improved financi(...)