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Richard Bruton  said that seeking to be a leader in responding to global warming was not ‘a statement of political bravado’. Photograph: Tom Honan

Hard choices are facing every sector of society if Ireland is to respond adequately to climate disruption and to honour its commitments to reduce carb(...)

The Citizens’ Assembly ‘was crystal clear that people want to see the Government take the lead on climate action’

Friends of the Earth has called on the Government to include the carbon tax in a series of decarbonisation measures rather than increasing it as a sta(...)

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton said he was working with colleagues across government to develop climate-action initiatives. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Current Government policies will not deliver the kind of carbon emissions reductions the Republic has committed to and will result in significant “com(...)

Michal Kurtyka (second from right), the Polish official who chaired the COP24 summit,  announcing the agreement in Katowice, Poland with the  heads of  delegations. Photograph:AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski

A total of 195 countries, signatories to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, have agreed a common rulebook for implementing the pact from (...)

Maire Breathnach from Mayo makes a point to Minister for Transport Shane Ross at a public meeting held by environmental group Stop Climate Chaos  in Dublin on Wednesday.  Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

A speed date with your local TD on the issue of climate change might not seem like a potentially romantic engagement. But lack of passion was not an i(...)

An  Irish Academy of Engineering report claims  substantial reliance on natural gas in the Irish energy system is unavoidable for at least 22 years.

Natural gas is not the solution for Ireland’s energy needs and also raises security-of-supply issues, according to a report published on Monday. Any (...)

The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue, has signalled an intention to put in place “a long-term trajectory for carbon tax increases out to 2030” in future budgets

The Government has backed off any increase in carbon tax, but Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe signalled an intention to put in place “a long-term(...)

Most governments have not outlined how they intend to decarbonise their economies, OECD says. Photograph: iStock

The overwhelming majority of governments including Ireland have not taken necessary action to contain growing risks to the global climate, according t(...)

The EU has adopted demanding new directives on renewable energy. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland will have to stop making “aspirational pledges” on how it is going to achieve reductions in carbon emissions and adopt renewable energy, accor(...)

The rollout of cheaper renewable energy derived from wind and solar panels could be obstructed by Ireland’s use of gas, the OCI has predicted. File photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Ireland will not meet its obligations on countering global warming if it continues a flawed strategy of relying on gas as an energy source, according (...)

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