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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 (...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Ireland’s declaration of a climate emergency: ‘It is a gesture, but symbols and gestures matter.’ File photograph: Tom Honan

The declaration of a climate change and biodiversity emergency in Ireland by the Dáil was a “largely symbolic” gesture which must be followed with rea(...)

Redundancies at companies like Bord Na Móna portend future trends in job loss due to climate action and declining consumer demand. Critically, these redundancies also highlight the need for social dialogues and strategies for creating new jobs in renewable energy sources.

Last week, Ireland became the second country in the world, after the UK, to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency. It followed a UN report on c(...)

St James’s was given a free allowance of 2,895 carbon credits for 2017, but its actual emissions were almost three times that. Photograph: Alan Betson

One of the country’s biggest hospitals has been fined more than €200,000 for breaking EU rules on greenhouse gas emissions, in the first penalty of it(...)

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(...)

A high proportion of the damage to species and climate has happened in the last two generations. An estimated 60 per cent of the world’s wildlife vertebrate population  has been wiped out since 1970.

The cascade of scientific reports on global climate breakdown is now joined by comprehensive evidence on accelerating worldwide species extinction, ma(...)

The island of Ireland has gone a record length of time without using coal-fired electricity generation on its power system, Eirgrid has confirmed. File Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

The island of Ireland has gone a record length of time without using coal-fired electricity generation on its power system, Eirgrid has confirmed. T(...)

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(...)

Ireland remains 70% dependent on oil and gas, which the Government hopes to get to 30% by 2030. File photograph: Getty

“Everyone will have to make changes,” warned Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton as the Dáil agreed to declare a climate and biodiversity emerg(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel, Latvia’s Krisjanis Karins, France’s Emmanuel Macron and the Netherlands’ Mark Rutte at the EU summit in Sibiu, Romania. Photograph: Ludovic Marin

EU leaders on Thursday put action on climate change at the top of the union’s agenda for the next five years. Meeting in Sibiu, Romania, leaders gave (...)

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