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Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD confirmed methane, the greenhouse gas most associated with agriculture, would be subject to emissions reduction targets though he accepted some sectors might not have to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Electric vehicles (EVs) will be more economical than petrol or diesel cars within four years, according to Minister for Climate Action and Environment(...)

 UN secretary general  António Guterres at a press conference during the first day of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain,  yesterday. Photograph: EPA/ZIPI

Ireland is short of where it needs to be in drastically cutting its carbon emissions, in light of a key global target set by the UN secretary general (...)

Students take part in a march demanding action on the environment in Brussels in February. File photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

This was a year when faith in humanity was restored by the ability of protesters across the globe to raise a collective voice amid political chaos, an(...)

Richard Bruton: he said  three-quarters of electricity would be suppled in the years ahead by renewables, but gas would be needed “when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine”

Ireland must continue to explore for new gasfields because gas will be a key part of the State’s energy supply for the next 30 years, an independent e(...)

Too late? A protester on a rally against climate change inaction in Manhattan, on Friday. Photograph: Brittainy Newman/ New York Times

The scale of climate protests globally has heaped much additional pressure on global leaders meeting in New York this weekend to make more meaningful (...)

Climate action plan: The EUs and Ireland’s 2050 targets are not yet aligned to the Paris climate agreement. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

The Government’s climate action plan “will not deliver the revolution in how we live as promised”, analysis by Ireland’s climate action and environmen(...)

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton halted the Climate Emergency Bill, which had won international support. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Cabinet has killed off a Bill aimed at banning oil and gas exploration in Irish waters, fearing an increase in dependence on imported fuels, a rel(...)

Fossil-fuel emissions. Renewable Energy Ireland  has describing the plan  as “a road map for turning Ireland into a climate-change leader”. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s long-awaited plan to address the threat of climate breakdown “is the biggest innovation in Irish climate policy in 20 years”, accordi(...)

Richard Bruton: he said the lesson for Fine Gael from the local and European Parliament elections was “the view our generation had lost the plot” on climate change.

The Government’s plan to respond to voter demands to do more to combat the threat of climate disruption will be published shortly, Minister for Climat(...)

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, attends a protest next to Sweden’s parliament in Stockholm on March 8th. The sign reads ‘School strike for the climate’. Photograph: Ilze Filks/Reuters

Thousands of Irish students are joining a global protest for action to tackle climate change on Friday which will see public gatherings staged at more(...)

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