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An Air Corps helicopter drops water on a gorse fire in Co Donegal at the weekend. Photograph: Air Corps/Facebook

A radical transformation in how upland landscapes are managed is needed given the latest wild fires that devastated habitats across Ireland, according(...)

ESB power station at Shannonbridge. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A move by the ESB to combine peat with biomass at its West Offaly Power Station is “fundamentally misconceived”, according to environmental groups led(...)

Farmers Malita (25) and Nelson (44) inspect what is left of their crops after flooding in Nsanje, Malawi. Their crop was ruined just one month before  harvest. Photograph: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide

The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is well established, especially within multinational companies, but all too often it’s confined t(...)

Protesters and police during  Extinction Rebellion climate change protests on Waterloo Bridge in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

More than 750 climate change activists blocking roads at some of London’s most famous landmarks have been arrested over the last six days, police said(...)

Catkins: such is the way spring rolls across Ireland that birches in Cork are fully clothed well in advance of their Antrim siblings. Illustration: Michael Viney

The silver birch at the ditch was sporting its first leaves on sheltered branches, along with small catkins, stiffly arched and green. Down in west Co(...)

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attending a student demonstration  in Rome on Friday. ‘When I am old enough to become a politician, it will be too late to act because we need to act now.’ Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg wants to fix climate change and hopes for world peace, but acknowledges that she might be being “very naive”. (...)

British actor Emma Thompson participates in an Extinction Rebellion climate change demonstration at Oxford Circus in London, Britain. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Film star Emma Thompson joined climate change activists rallying in a central London shopping district on Friday, part of five days of protests which(...)

Climate change activists sit on Waterloo Bridge in an environmental protest by Extinction Rebellion, in London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

A climate change protest will disrupt “business as usual” in Dublin city centre on Friday. Extinction Rebellion Ireland is to gather at the Spir(...)

 The  carbon tax rate currently amounts to about 5 cent on a litre of diesel or around €2.40 on a 40kg bag of coal. Even doubling the rate, the ESRI said, would only increase diesel prices by about 7%. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Ireland has to increase tax on carbon – by a lot and over a sustained period. Our greenhouse gas emissions are way above target and we will soon start(...)

Climate change activists from Extinction Rebellion  sit after gluing themselves to the front fence of Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s house in London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Environmental protesters have vowed that disruption in London will continue for weeks, as activists glued themselves to a train and Jeremy Corbyn’s ga(...)

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