John Sweeney

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Managed forest land represented 54% of all forests in 2017 and was predicted to reach 66% by 2025. File photograph: Getty

The Department of Agriculture has denied that Ireland’s forests are a net emitter of greenhouse gasses and insisted they remain “a substantial and gro(...)

Fire  progresses in the woods in the Angeles National Forest north of Monrovia, north east of Los Angeles, California in September. Signs -of ongoing climate change are all too apparent in the modern era.  Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

When it comes to the global response to the climate crisis, next Tuesday’s US presidential election is a critical juncture; the most significant cross(...)

“The question now is not about (forest) owners claiming carbon credits, but are they facing a carbon tax?”  Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s forestry is a growing source of greenhouse gas emissions rather than acting as a carbon sink, according to a report produced for the Departm(...)

Prof John Sweeney said he reacted with dismay as weak aspects of the 2015 Climate Bill were incorporated into the Bill.  Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

The Government’s Climate Bill to boost the national effort to reduce carbon emissions has come under sustained criticism due to vague language, lack o(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has instructed the Government to suggest a man and a woman as candidates to replace former commissioner Phil Hogan. Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/EPA

In all the commentary on the Oireachtas Golf Society (OGS) – or as I prefer to think of it, the Oh For God’s Sake (OFGS) dinner – it’s surprising that(...)

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

More than 80 guests attended an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in the Station House Hotel, Clifden, Co Galway, last Wednesday at a time when Governmen(...)

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

More than 80 guests attended an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in the Station House Hotel, Clifden, Co Galway, last Wednesday at a time when Governmen(...)

Vartry Reservoir water treatment works in Co Wicklow. Water supplies for the greater Dublin area have dropped dramatically during the ‘driest spring since 1837’. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Hosepipe bans will become increasingly regular until Irish Water grasps the “nettle” of leakage from decaying pipes in Dublin city, a climate expert h(...)

‘Satellites offer a unique vantage point to monitor the health of our planet.’ File photograph: Getty

The world is in a dark place, gripped by a pandemic that could rage for months and take countless lives. But it has led to an astonishing fall in air (...)

 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson’s first steps this month in attempting to forge a new global consensus were widely considered a car crash.  Photograph: Jeremy  Selwyn/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

To say humanity is entering a make-or-break decade is no exaggeration, given the latest climate science. The year 2020 arrived with much talk of what (...)

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