Climate change

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EPA director general Laura Burke said they were ‘pleased to see so many people recognise the importance of our environment as an asset to the country’.

Just over a third of adults (37 per cent) regard climate change as the most pressing environmental challenge facing the country, according to an opini(...)

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist takes part in a march for the environment and the climate organised by students in Paris. It is clear that the children’s climate rising sparked by Greta is not going away. Photograph: Getty Images

Nothing quite captures the current mood than thousands of children, some just old enough to tie their shoelaces, marching through the streets demandin(...)

Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean with David Donoghue at the IIEA in Dublin on Monday before speaking about the global challenges posed by climate change and its impact on the ocean and small island nations. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Much-hyped geoengineering solutions to counter global warming, using technology in a deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climate sy(...)

 The Met Éireann advice suggest using metaphors such as ‘the weather on steroids’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Met Éireann staff have been advised not to talk in terms of “despair” over climate change but to use positive language to show people they can make a (...)

The sense of cumulative crises was best captured by President Michael D Higgins in a passionate speech. “If we were coal miners,” he said, “we would be up to our knees in dead canaries.”

‘We need a new economy, with nature at its heart,” Trinity College pollination specialist Jane Stout told some 500 delegates at the biodiversity confe(...)

The author believes we should be alarmed about future of the planet but only in the context of humanity’s survival. File photograph:  Jes Aznar/Getty Images

In July 2017, New York magazine ran a hefty 7,000-word cover story titled “The Uninhabitable Earth”. Within a week, it had become the most widely read(...)

 Micheál Martin outside Leinster House on Friday. The Fianna Fáil leader believes an election will be held early next year.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Money raised from increases in carbon tax should be reinvested in grants for retrofitting homes, incentives for electric cars and other measures, Fian(...)

Major home improvements are not only expensive, they are also inherently disruptive, and this will remain an obstacle to people retrofitting their homes.

When we moved into our new house on Dublin’s southside in the winter of 1973 Ireland had just been hit by an oil price shock. The house had been built(...)

 We are fortunate to be meat-eaters because meat drove the evolution of our large brains and complex bodies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Lancet medical journal published a comprehensive report last month on human diet and global food systems. Our food production systems are causing (...)

Inger Andersen, the director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

A collapse in species is evident throughout the world including Ireland but pointing the finger of blame at farmers is not the way to address the cris(...)

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