Jane Stout, Professor in Botany at Trinity College Dublin and Irish Forum on Natural Capital, Prof John Fitzgerald, chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council with  Josepha Madigan,  Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht at the opening of  Ireland’s first National Biodiversity Conference at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Instead of thinking of nature as a problem or “an infinite resource to be exploited”, it should be viewed as “the fundamental stock underpinning every(...)

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel osaid eminds us that greenhouse gas emissions caused by industrialisation have already warmed the planet by one degree. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Confirmation that there is not even a modest increase in carbon tax in Budget 2019 is shocking, given Ireland’s track record in tackling climate chang(...)

Prof John FitzGerald’s research suggests that  in the event of a hard Brexit, the only way the North could stay in the EU is by leaving the UK, which opens up the possibility of a united Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Irish reunification would come at a high price for the Republic, reducing income and living standards by as much as 15 per cent, a new study has found(...)

The ESRI said the additional data would help policymakers understand what is driving growth in the Republic.

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) wants the Government to adopt a new set of national accounts to weed out the distorting effects of m(...)

The Climate Change Advisory Council says Ireland has the third highest emissions per capita for residential energy use in the EU

Ireland is not on track to meet its 2020 commitments to reduce carbon emissions, and will struggle to decarbonise its economy by 2050, the Climate Cha(...)

New measures should include a substantial increase in the carbon tax, and a phasing out of coal and peat for both residential heating and power generation. Photograph: Getty

Ireland is not on track to meet its 2020 targets or to decarbonise its economy by 2050, according to the Climate Change Advisory Council. In additio(...)

Members of the Dublin Youth Dance Company perform a Dance for Climate Action to highlight the proceedings of the Citizens’ Assembly at Malahide. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Citizens’ Assembly members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a tax on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture despite the opposition of the Iri(...)

The Citizens’ Assembly in the Grand Hotel Malahide discussed climate change this weekend. Photograph: Tom Honan

Ireland is going to miss its 2020 emission targets by more than expected, the Citizens’ Assembly has been told. Professor John FitzGerald, the chair(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the Government could build on the preparatory work under way. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The passing of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill was described as “historic” by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly in the Dáil.(...)

Philippine environmental activists march during a protest at the Human Rights Commission office in Manila on September 22nd, 2015. The activists are calling for an investigation into the top 50 investor-owned fossil fuel companies over climate change impacts upon people and their livelihoods. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

Chairman of the Government’s National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change Dr John FitzGerald has said it is not realistic to expect the US, Chin(...)

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