Tara Shine

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Gerald Fleming has been giving talks about climate disruption since the mid-1980s. Photograph: Midas Productions

Scientists have failed to persuade the world on the case for radical action to address a warming planet. With some despondency, weather forecaster Ger(...)

Firms such as Mazars, Deloitte, KPMG and Ernest and Young appear repeatedly in the figures for Government spending on outside consultants. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Accountancy firms, public relations companies, management consultants and think tanks are among those who benefited from millions in Government spendi(...)

Speaking in the Dáil chamber, Mr Bruton had warned ‘everyone will have to make changes’. He noted sharp differences over who should pay carbon tax. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Continued use of fossil fuels, notably gas, will be necessary in Ireland in spite of the declaration of a climate emergency by unanimous approval of t(...)

A cluster of pots filled with culinary herbs. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Is there any group of culinary plants more useful than herbs? I can think of nothing else that has that near-magical ability to transform the most mun(...)

Dr Tara Shine with Irish scientists Dr Deirdre Collins and Dr Charlotte Conn during the 2018 Homeward Bound voyage to Antartica.

“You can’t be what you can’t see” is a phrase used to explain in part why women are underrepresented in the Stem disciplines (science, technology, eng(...)

 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 (...)

Homeward Bound: women scientists in Antarctica in January 2018. Photograph: Oli Sansom 2018

“The scientific world is simply not designed for women,” declares Dr Tara Shine. The environment and development consultant is travelling to Antarctic(...)

Gimme shell-ter: a snail in ‘A Wild Irish Year’

On A Wild Irish Year (Sunday, RTÉ1) Dr Tara Shine emerges from the mist, binoculars in hand, ready to watch some deer love. How this became a respecta(...)

Ryan O’Shaughnessy: the Irish singer competes in the Eurovision final on Saturday. Photograph: Pedro Nunes/Reuters

The Late Late Show RTÉ One, Friday, 9.35pm What’s the collective noun for a group of Eurovision Song Contest winners? A ballad? A dry ice? A key chang(...)

Environment: A plastics plague

The evidence showing the extent to which plastics are persisting in the environment has become overwhelming. That includes indications from Irish rese(...)

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