Ella Mcsweeney

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Harmful green and red algae blooms seen in a Co Cork estuary due to excessive levels of nitrogen. Photograph: Liam Morrison/NUIG

On June 14th, a report was uploaded to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. The document attracted little media attention, but what it revea(...)

The stakes could not be higher for the remaining members of the Department of Agriculture’s Agri-Food 2030 Committee, following the withdrawal of the Environmental Pillar. Photograph: Getty

On the morning of February 25th, Karen Ciesielski, co-ordinator of the Environmental Pillar (EP), joined a virtual meeting of the Department of Agric(...)

Evidence of cascading peat on Meenbog, near Ballybofey in Donegal. Photograph: Gary Irvine

The morning of November 14th last, Gary Irvine stood on a single-arched bridge that carries the road over the Shruhangarve stream in Meenbog, near Bal(...)

Nonagenarian jam makers and celebrity tractor crimes – excellent work, Big Week on the Farm.

On Monday’s Big Week on the Farm: Harvest (RTÉ1, Monday to Thursday) I watch two hair stylists giving a makeover to some cows. “It’s finally happening(...)

Swift populations are free falling; in the last 15 years, they’ve gone down by 46 per cent. ‘My notebook goes back 40 years,’ says bird expert Eric Dempsey. ‘Their decline has been very dramatic.’

Last summer, ornithologist Will Hayes of Birdwatch Ireland spent four months walking the streets of Tipperary’s towns and villages in search of swift (...)

Irish winters are set to be wetter though the number of storms will decrease, say scientists. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Kevin O’Sullivan Environment & Science Editor Ireland is facing a temperature rise of at least 3 degrees this century, the National Biodiversity(...)

Algae on a tree in Moninea Bog in Co Fermanagh, where lichen and sphagnum moss were killed by ammonia.
The trouble with ammonia

In 2007, Mark Sutton, an environmental physicist, decided to visit Moninea Bog in Co Fermanagh. This bouncy, wet, raised bog had always been packed wi(...)

A cow with methane-collection equipment on her back. Grass is a cheap way to feed cows, but as  methanogens break  down grass in the stomach they  produce methane,  a potent greenhouse gas Photograph:   Rachel Doyle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted to the European Parliament in January what climate activists have long known: Ireland’s performance on climate change (...)

Pádraig Schäler with family and friends  visited Cape Cod,   where he was injured as a cyclist five years ago, to raise awareness of road safety. Photograph: Courtesy Reinhard Schäler.

A young Irish cyclist in the US on a J1 visa suffered a catastrophic brain injury when he was involved in a serious road accident in Cape Cod five yea(...)

The Great Yellow Bumblebee. Photograph: John Breen

In 2004, two scientists took on a mammoth task: to systematically survey every county in Ireland for bees. They figured it would take them two years, (...)

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