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An Irish housing development showing solar panels on roofs. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government’s long-awaited move to incentivise the scaling-up of solar energy development in Ireland should not exclude individuals and small busin(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters/File Photo

The modern airliner is a remarkable piece of engineering; a product generated by advanced aeronautics, materials science and fuel development – albeit(...)

The environmental impact of Brexit in all scenarios will be damaging. Two recent reports underline the gravity of that inevitable outcome. A stark ass(...)

 Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday  announcing  that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Photograph:  Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

In an act of self-sabotage President Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. This will achieved nothing, and cost himself, (...)

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish agriculture is the least climate-efficient in Europe, according to a EU study which is likely to trigger further debate over the sustainability (...)

Trinity College is also selling up shares in two companies linked to the Dakota access pipeline in North Dakota. Photograph: Alyssa Schukar/New York Times

Trinity College Dublin has moved to sell as much as €6 million of fossil fuel company shares, including ExxonMobil and BP. The university’s endowme(...)

Demonstrators protest on sidelines of  COP22 climate conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Sunday. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

It is unwise to write history when you’re living through it. Seemingly unremarkable events in their time may be judged very harshly with the benefit o(...)

The proposed ‘smart’ agricultural policy allows an increase in agricultural production while at the same time fulfilling our Green House Gas emissions targets. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.

It seems too good to be true. A ‘smart’ agricultural policy that allows an increase in agricultural production while at the same time fulfilling our G(...)

Ireland must reach a 40 per cent level of renewable electricity provision to meet EU targets for 2020. Last year almost 24 per cent was achieved through wind alone

Communities wary of accepting wind farm projects are most likely to be won over by the prospect of discounted electricity bills, a conference has hea(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius and French president François Hollande celebrate the adoption of a climate change deal in Paris. Photograph: Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

‘It always seems impossible until it is done.” Thus spoke French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, quoting another author of the impossible, Nelson Man(...)

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