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At a personal level we use about 133 litres of water per day, roughly the same as is drunk by a dairy cow. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

It takes a lot to shift an established anticyclone. The falling, compressing and warming continental air that has brought us what may turn out to be t(...)

A water tanker near Vartry Reservoir in Co Wicklow. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Why is it that we cannot seem to get things accomplished unless we are in the midst of a crisis? Things have to be going drastically wrong before the (...)

Attracta Uí Bhroin of the Environmental Law Implementation Group at a press briefing in Dublin on the UK’s nuclear power plans. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The UK’s nuclear power expansion programme, including the building of the Hinkley Point C facility in Somerset, poses an unacceptable risk to the isla(...)

At the 2018 National Teacher Awards are Brian Mooney, lifetime achievement award winner and Dan Hobbs CEO, BetterExaminations.ie

Brian Mooney, guidance counsellor and Irish Times columnist, has been recognised for his lifetime contribution to education at the National Teacher of(...)

Ivan Yates: not so much a rebel as a disrupter who enthusiastically challenges pieties and sacred cows, particularly of the liberal stripe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As subversives go, Ivan Yates is an unlikely one. A former government minister, farmer and businessman, the host of The Hard Shoulder (Newstalk, weekd(...)

Leo Varadkar tells listeners: ‘I’ve been told there’s no threat to food security’; less reassuringly, he also remarks that ‘the Army is on standby’

Putting a brave face on bad news is an essential skill for any head of government. Sounding cheerful about it is quite another thing. Despite facing t(...)

The provisional EU deal agreed late last month includes “flexibilities” on targets for reducing carbon emissions up to 2030. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Ireland has played a diplomatic blinder in securing a European Union deal that will delay climate action “on behalf of business-as-usual vested intere(...)

The message from Bonn was that more and more countries were ramping up their actions to cut climate pollution, said Friends of the Earth Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Immense damage is being done to Ireland’s international reputation, “especially among developing countries and the more progressive European countries(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron poses for a selfie with volunteers and spectators at  the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn.  Photograph: EPA

The model of the Citizens Assembly should be adopted internationally so politicians and citizens can consider difficult issues on actions to counter c(...)

Sean O’Rourke sounds almost jaunty with a real story on his hands

As storm Ophelia hits on Monday, it’s not just national infrastructure and domestic property that’s laid waste by the lethal winds. Among the collater(...)

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