At 11 per cent (770,000 hectares), Ireland has one of the lowest levels of forest cover in Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson

A fundamental shift in forestry policy proposed by the Green Party, away from heavy reliance on conifers towards a focus on native woodlands, is likel(...)

Despite being in abundance for decades, there have been no reported sightings of hares on the island over the past five years. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/ Getty Images

Minister for Heritage Josepha Madigan has “no plans” to reintroduce hares to Bull Island, after dogs were blamed for the extinction of the animals fro(...)

‘Forests and wood-based products offer sustainable, long-term solutions to the climate-change problem,’ says Prof Pekka Kauppi of the University of Helsinki.

Given the urgent need to address “the climate emergency” and the role forestry could play in reducing carbon emissions, a new approach is needed, acco(...)

Members of Extinction Rebellion Ireland stage a protest during a speech by Environment Minister Richard Bruton at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Justin Farrelly/PA Wire

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton was constantly interrupted by protestors as he attempted to address a conference on forestry as a solution (...)

The Green-Veined White butterfly, now  in moderate decline in Ireland. Photograph: Dr Liam Lysaght.

Most people walking alongside the restored pond on the Castletown estate in Co Kildare would barely notice the tiny purple wildflower beneath their fe(...)

Irish butterfly populations have declined by  12 per cent over the past decade.

The latest evaluation of biodiversity loss in Ireland confirms potentially-catastrophic species loss and deterioration of globally-important habitats (...)

The Irish baby born today: the First World problem of ‘where will I go on my holidays?’ may be replaced by ‘where is my next meal coming from?’ Photograph: Getty

A new report depicts an ever-depleting natural world, with huge implications for the coming generation. What will their lives be like? Life-supp(...)

“In the near future . . . ladybirds, robins, bees and dandelions may only be learned about through pictures,” says Senator Grace O’Sullivan.

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has called on the Government to declare “a climate and biodiversity” emergency following the publication of the latest (...)

Aerial view of the Iriri River in the  Amazon Rainforest.   Brazil is home to more than half of the world’s plant and animal species. Photograph:  Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty

The destruction of nature threatens humanity at least as much as human-induced climate change, a global report on species loss will warn on Monday. C(...)

An Air Corps helicopter drops water on a gorse fire in Co Donegal at the weekend. Photograph: Air Corps/Facebook

A radical transformation in how upland landscapes are managed is needed given the latest wild fires that devastated habitats across Ireland, according(...)

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