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IFA president Tim Cullinan said programmes like Smart Farming that work with farmers to deliver change at farm level had never been so important. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Farmers who participated in the Smart Farming initiative in 2020 identified average greenhouse gas emission reductions of 9 per cent and cost savings (...)

We focus on 16 transformative ideas with the potential to enhance Irish society – so that when we go back, we also move forward. Photograph: Getty

Experts from various fields offer 16 transformative ideas that have the potential to enhance society in a post-pandemic ireland The Covid-19 pan(...)

Residential sector emissions – mainly arising from home heating – are estimated, however, to have increased by 9 per  cent  due to so many people working from home.  Photograph: iStock

Greenhouse gas emissions declined in 2020 by 5.9 per cent mainly due to Covid-19; the biggest annual fall since the aftermath of the 2008 financial cr(...)


Ireland’s carbon emissions declined by less than 6 per cent last year, despite large sections of the economy being shut down for extended periods due (...)

On emissions,the EPA identifies a pressing need to maximise use of land as “carbon stores” through grasslands, wetlands and forestry, to enable the country meet its targets committed to under the Paris Agreement. Photograph: Getty Images

The latest Environmental Protection Agency evaluation of the health of Ireland’s environment makes clear that playing the green card as a country cann(...)

Having almost a million electric vehicles on Irish roads by 2030 “will help achieve a projected decrease in emissions from the sector of 38 per cent over the period to 2030”, the EPA said. Photograph: David Parry/PA Wire

“Full and early implementation” of the 2019 climate action plan is needed if greenhouse gas reduction targets of 3 per cent per year up to 2030 are to(...)

 Leixlip water treatment plant. The number of people threatened by poor water supplies   has doubled largely due to difficulties at the Leixlip plant. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

A total of 52 treatment plants supplying drinking water to 1.1 million people – over a fifth of the Republic’s population – “are vulnerable to failure(...)

Currently, about 600 homes in the capital city are at risk of coastal flooding but  it is estimated that the number of affected homes will increase to around 12,848. Photograph: iStock

Almost 13,000 homes in Dublin City are predicted to be affected by extreme coastal flooding if climate change continues at its current pace, the head (...)

Owen Brodie  on his dairy farm in Cavan. He participated in the 2019 Smart Farming programme.

For Cavan dairy farmer Owen Brodie, a first-time participant in the Smart Farming programme to improve farm returns while enhancing the environment, i(...)

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton: ‘The reality is living will be different if we want to achieve what we are setting out.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

Tackling climate change will involve changing the habits of a lifetime, Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton has haid. Changing how householde(...)

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