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Poetry and panic: Anne Casey and Maggie Smith

ANNE CASEY: I had one of those electrifying moments recently. You know, when every hair bristles with recognition? Since very early in the process of (...)

 Trinity College Dublin professors Jonathan Coleman and Valeria Nicolosi: combining different perspectives

Do you want your phone battery to last longer? Are you curious about electric cars but afraid they won’t take you far enough? Would you like to instal(...)

The Union Of Concerned Scientists studied the ‘well to wheel’ conundrum and came up with the following conclusion: “We found that battery electric cars generate half the emissions of the average comparable gasoline car, even when pollution from battery manufacturing is accounted for.”

  Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough may be separated greatly by age and experience, but both have arguably done more in the past year than a(...)

Eleanor Martha Hulm and Leontien Friel-Darrell of Extinction Rebellion Ireland, at a climate change protest outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Temperatures climbing, sea waters rising, oceans dying, forests burning, food disappearing, mass extinctions and tens of millions of people dead and d(...)

Devlin O’Brien (8) dumps food waste in a compost bin in the ‘outdoor classroom’ at St Clare’s Primary School in Harold’s Cross. Photograph: Kathleen Harris

If eight-year-old Ruth Labanyi was minister for the environment, she would destroy all plastic factories and clean up the oceans. “It’s very eas(...)

Student  protesters in  Dublin on Friday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Thousands of young Irish students took to the streets at lunchtime on Friday in a second round of national protests demanding a more radical response (...)

Image from the climate protest on Friday, at Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Thousands of young Irish students calling on the Government to back its demands on addressing the climate crisis facing the planet took to the streets(...)

A student at the March for Climate Change which went throught Dublin from St Stephen’s Green to Leinster House in March. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government may have backed the declaration of a national “climate and biodiversity crisis”, but it has yet to take necessary action to counter the(...)

Unlike both utilitarianism and rights-based theories, virtue theory assumes human beings and the planet Earth have intrinsic purpose, from which moral commandments flow.

A defining feature of the evolution of western ethics has been the displacement of the language of virtue for that of utility and rights. While virtue(...)

Siri Hustvedt: Philosopher or novelist? Photograph:  Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

There are philosophers who have written novels, and novelists who imbue their work with philosophical ideas. Iris Murdoch and Albert Camus might be se(...)

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