Embryonic Sphagnum-dominated vegetation developing on a Bord na Móna cutaway bog. Sphagnum-rich vegetation like this is a carbon sink for carbon dioxide and has potential to become more effective at absorbing this greenhouse gas from the atmosphere as it develops over time. Photograph courtesy of Bord na Móna.

“We used to be the pimple on the elephant,” says Mark McCorry, lead on the Bord na Móna (BnaM) ecology team. “Now we are the elephant. This is a massi(...)

Sphagnum mosses, commonly known as peat mosses, provide essential ecosystem services. These specialised species of bryophytes not only sequester and store carbon in vast quantities but as a collection of hollow cells also store or retain water in large quantities, thus greatly reducing flood risks. Photograph: APB

The flood of well-founded bad news about the climate and biodiversity crises can be overwhelming. So it is invigorating to find islands of ecological (...)

 Paddy Woodworth using the Seek app on his phone in Dublin’s Phoenix Park to identify items found in nature from trees, flowers, shrubs to animals. Photograph: Alan Betson

Developing the skills to recognise different species of animals and plants enables us to enjoy our landscapes as more diverse and richly populated pla(...)

The Xihua Farmer’s Market in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, May 4th.  where  turtles and frogs are sold openly. Photograph: Epa/Alex Plavevski

Healthy ecosystems – as ecologists and economists have been telling us for decades – provide humanity with essential “services’”, like breathable air,(...)

Turf cutting in Derrygreenagh, Co Offaly. Photograph: Pat Sammon

“This is only a beginning,” Minister for the Environment and Climate Eamon Ryan says of the Government’s decision to invest €108 million in a bog reha(...)

A protester holds a Catalan pro-independence “estelada” flag during a sit-in protest  in Barcelona. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP

We live in baffling, distressing and very frightening times. The real and present dangers we face – chronic and deepening inequality, climate and bio(...)

The role of butterflies as indicators of healthy habitats, and as useful pollinators, is only beginning to be generally appreciated.

“Mysterious and little-known organisms live within walking distance of where you sit. Splendour awaits . . ” EO Wilson, who first published the term (...)

Reversing the flow: plastic dams inserted by Coillte in drains on Aghrane bog in Co Galway. They rewet the peatland, and restore its capacity to capture and store carbon. Photograph: John Conaghan

Hans Joosten talks about raising the profile of peatlands in the climate-change crisis with the authority of an internationally respected scientist, t(...)

The unprecedented frequency and intensity of recent fires, as we have seen recently in California, is causing “abrupt, dramatic change”, Falk says. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

“Climate change is a game-changer for ecological restoration. We are having to restore into a world that does not yet exist,” according to leading res(...)

Puffin

It was an uncharacteristically balmy late afternoon in early March, about 20 years ago. I had just taken extended leave from this newspaper to write a(...)

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