The Environmental Pillar has highlighted “a clear failure to increase our tree cover in a substantial and sustainable fashion”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The State’s “relentless subsidised Sitka spruce afforestation programme” is not only causing widespread environmental problems but is undermining rura(...)

 Síofra Caherty, Fiona O’Doherty Mindy O’Brien, Flossie Donelly, Una Hand, Padraic Fogarty, and Kate Ruddock. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The grassroots uprising is underway and people of all ages are calling for great urgency on climate action. A lack of political action in Ireland has (...)

A number of species are ‘critically endangered’ and face a real risk of disappearing entirely without urgent action, including the curlew. Photograph: Mark L Stanley via Getty Images

Mass extinction of species is happening on Ireland’s doorstep. “It is not something which is happening somewhere else,” according to the Irish Wildlif(...)

Illustration: Michael Viney

The rewilding of landscapes, now under way at a score of European locations, is intended to restore lost native wildlife to protected habitats. Models(...)

Cut hedgerow near Shillelagh in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The passing of a controversial Heritage Bill in the Dáil that will ease restrictions on the burning of heather and gorse and cutting back hedge-rows h(...)

The angel shark has faced quite different threats to leave it ‘critically endangered’. Drawing: Michael Viney

There are many strange-shaped sharks in the world, but a big fish native to big sandy bays on Ireland’s west coast is among the least shark-like of al(...)

Senator Grave O’Sullivan said never in the history of humanity has the health of the oceans been more threatened.  File photograph: Getty Images

A motion calling on the Government to meet its international obligations by designating extensive coastal areas and seas around Ireland as “marine pro(...)

Zebra mussels are considered our most harmful invasive species and are are ‘particularly problematic’

The Japanese knotweed, rhododendron and giant hogweed are fast becoming household names as these pests continue to invade Irish landscapes. These ill-(...)

The basking shark is facing extinction in Irish waters, according to a new report. File photograph: Getty Images

Extinction threatens 48 species living in the Irish marine environment, including fish, crustaceans, shellfish and invertebrates, according to a new I(...)

Badgers foraging in a woods. File photograph: James Warwick/Getty

Badgers are to be vaccinated as part of the State’s effort to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) in cattle, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has confir(...)

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