Climate change

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Minister for Climate Action and Environment  Denis  Naughten acknowledged  “very disappointing” Environmental Protection Agency figures showing Ireland was locked into a trend of rising CO2 emissions. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s plan to address climate change by reducing carbon emissions and adopting renewable energy is not working, the Minister for Climate Ac(...)

The Report on Climate Change and Land will be of critical importance to Ireland, Denis Naughten said, as agriculture is responsible for more than 30 per cent of Irish emissions. File photograph:Getty Images

The process of revisiting Ireland’s climate change strategy – as flagged by Minister for Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten – will be takin(...)

Greenpeace activists scaling a giant billboard in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta to highlight toxic air pollution levels they say pose a danger to residents and athletes competing in the Asian Games. Photograph: Greenpeace/AFP/Getty Images

Air pollution causes a “huge” reduction in intelligence, according to new research, indicating that the damage to society of toxic air is far deeper t(...)

Confirmation that Government departments have installed just six electric vehicle (EV) chargers to be shared by their 35,000 staff is indication of lack of leadership and a failure to act on its own policies. Photograph: Alexander Vecher/EPA

The need to decarbonise key sectors is fundamental to tackling climate change and the long-term wellbeing of the Irish economy. Adoption of renewable (...)

The Summer of 2018 will go down as one when extreme weather, in the form of exceptional heatwaves, enveloped the northern hemisphere. It was also nota(...)

Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten drew attention to a €300m support scheme for renewable heat that will support agriculture. File photograph: Getty Images

Fodder and water supply shortages are the devastating consequences for farming communities of climate change, Minister for Environment Denis Naughten (...)

The sea off the north coast of Greenland is normally so frozen that it was referred to, until recently, as “the last ice area”.  Photograph: iStock

The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. Th(...)

Work under way at the site of the World Meeting of Families Phoenix Park Mass with Pope Francis.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The ringing of bells usually indicates celebration, but bells also alert communities to imminent danger. When Pope Francis is welcomed by President Mi(...)

Poolbeg power station, its towers just visible above heavy coastal fog in Dublin Bay. We thought about climate change when we had a little heatwave – but when the rain and clouds returned, our thoughts vanished with the sun. File photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland may not be the best little country in the world. But it is unquestionably the smuggest. We suffer from SSS: Snow White stepmother syndrome. We(...)

After plying the sprawling wetlands of the River Ganges and its many tributaries, fishermen return to Kolkata, India. Photograph: Saumya Khandelwal/New York Times

I wanted to glimpse the future in the city where I was born. So, this summer I returned to India for a firsthand look at the way climate change is aff(...)

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