Prof John Fitzgerald said licensing requirements  make it hard for farmers to switch to forestry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The existence of excessive amounts of red tape that makes it “impossible” for farmers to easily switch from growing crops or farming cattle to plantin(...)

Google’s data centre at Prospect Park, Clondalkin, which ranks as one of the most efficient in the world. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Ireland may need to restrict access to the grid for future data centres, a leading member of the Climate Change Advisory Council has said. John FitzG(...)

The North currently runs a budget deficit of £9 billion-£10 billion

Irish reunification would cause a financial shock in the Republic, requiring either a major hike in taxes or a significant reduction in public spendin(...)

The Cabinet has approved a ban on licences for new oil and natural gas exploration

The Cabinet has approved a ban on licences for new oil and natural gas exploration which will come into effect immediately. The ban will be enacted t(...)

“We can’t have the backloading of emissions reductions to the second half of this decade.” Photograph: Getty Images

The scale of effort required to bring in Ireland’s first climate budget should not be underestimated if it is to be fit for purpose and begin a proce(...)

In its 2020 review the council stresses the urgency of “shifting from planning to action” if the country is to reduce emissions over the next decade, and get on track to achieve a net-zero emissions economy and society by 2050.  Photograph: iStock

“A radical shift in gear” is required if Ireland is to meet its 2030 climate targets, especially reductions in carbon emissions, according to the Clim(...)

They’re back: Shoppers in the Dundrum Town Centre on its first day of reopening after the Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

While foreign multinationals make a valuable contribution, the success of the Irish economy “now depends very heavily on the progress of domestic busi(...)

The Climate Change Advisory Council claims the practice of using public funds to buy carbon credits from other countries has no domestic benefit

The failure to set out detailed, cost-effective proposals on how to decarbonise the Irish economy by 2050 represents a major obstacle to progressing p(...)

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(...)

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