Climate change

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It is most unfortunate that on climate change – arguably the single biggest catalyst that brought about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – Ireland is far from being a global leader. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

When the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change were adopted within a few months of each other in 2015, the(...)

Ireland lies relatively far north in the Atlantic so the Gulf Stream’s gift of more temperate waters matters hugely to our climate.

‘All Ireland is washed by the Gulf Stream,” said Stephen Dedalus in the opening chapter of Ulysses. He might have added warmed to washed. Ireland lie(...)

The report states that “work has also commenced on a Carbon Tax review and it is expected that this will also be completed to inform Budget 2019”. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government has hinted in a report to the European Union at possible changes in October’s budget to the carbon tax and reduced 9 per cent VAT rate (...)

US president Donald Trump. His controversial stance on climate change has seemingly galvanised action on the issue. File photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

The US president Donald Trump is proving to be a valuable – if unlikely – asset in the fight against climate change, the head of Europe’s main climate(...)

Despite average farm incomes being just over €31,000, we are prepared to continue to invest to safeguard the environmental integrity of our farm businesses

Significant decisions about the future of farming and food in this country are about to be made. It may be two years away, but the budget for the Comm(...)

Elizabeth O’Reilly of WEEE Ireland and KMK Metals Recycling’s commercial manager, Kai Meyer, at the company’s plant in Tullamore.

In a warehouse in the midlands, nestled among green fields and trees, there is a giant pile of old vacuum cleaners, radios, heaters and fans in the ce(...)

There were 3,800 electric vehicles (EVs) on Irish roads by the end of 2017 but registrations of new and imported EVs are currently up by 40 per cent compared to same period last year. File photograph: Getty Images

The use of the electric vehicle (EV) on Irish roads is about to become “the new normal for people in their everyday lives” and “no longer just a progr(...)

The Mungret decision has been criticised by Limerick Against Pollution, which was critical of  a proposal to burn used tyres in kilns used in the manufacturing process at an oral hearing last September

An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for replacement of fossil fuels use at two of Irish Cement’s manufacturing facilities – at Mungret on the outs(...)

Carbon emissions from Irish households are on average the highest in Europe, nearly 60 per cent higher than the EU, according to the Sustainable Energ(...)

Thomas Mongan pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and assault on the evening of November 23rd, 2014.

A man used his girlfriend as part of a ‘honeytrap’ plot to lure and mug a 15-year-old boy, Letterkenny District Court has heard. Thomas Mongan (21), (...)

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