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The Government is about to publish its major blueprint on how Ireland will respond to demands of the landmark Paris Agreement and scale up ambition with a view to becoming ‘a climate leader’. Photograph: Getty Images

The UK may dither over Brexit and have an endlessly fractious relationship with the EU, but it is now taking the lead on climate change. Can Ireland k(...)

“In the near future . . . ladybirds, robins, bees and dandelions may only be learned about through pictures,” says Senator Grace O’Sullivan.

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has called on the Government to declare “a climate and biodiversity” emergency following the publication of the latest (...)

“The opportunity to intervene effectively is limited to years – not centuries”

There can be only one conclusion: the felling of forests, the plundering of seas and soils, and the pollution of air and water are together pushing th(...)

The corncrake, known for its rasping call, was once widespread across the countryside, but the population was decimated by mechanised farming. Photograph: iStock

The global assessment of nature confirms that accelerating loss of plants and animals is affecting every part of the planet – Ireland included. Human(...)

Beach pollution at Kuta beach, Bali. Photograph: Maxim Blinkov/Shutterstock

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history “with grave impacts on people around the world now likely”, according to the most(...)

Climate change is contributing to the unprecedented decline of wild salmon in Irish rivers. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In the quagmire of Brexit there is little to commend the UK government’s approach. This is in stark contrast with its clarity and leadership on climat(...)

Claire Daly: ‘We cannot have unfettered aviation development in Dublin.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

The expansion of Dublin airport and cheap European flights were criticised at a public debate on climate issues with European Parliament candidates. (...)

Aerial view of the Iriri River in the  Amazon Rainforest.   Brazil is home to more than half of the world’s plant and animal species. Photograph:  Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty

The destruction of nature threatens humanity at least as much as human-induced climate change, a global report on species loss will warn on Monday. C(...)

“The emergency is clear – we are destroying our children’s future, their natural ecosystem, their climate, their mental wellbeing and their quality of life.” Photograph: Getty Images

Wicklow County Council has become the first local authority in Ireland to declare “a biodiversity and climate-change emergency”, recognising the need (...)

The Bord na Móna case would be watched closely by workers and communities elsewhere – such as Moneypoint where the ESB has a large power station – and serve as a litmus test for how Ireland manages the transition and ensures decent jobs.

The Government and Bord na Móna have been criticised for failing to genuinely pursue a “just transition” to a decarbonised economy, especially when a (...)

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