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Extreme weather events, involving storm surges, flooding and destructive winds, have become part of everyday life – and the situation is likely to worsen. Photgraph: NASA Earth Observatory/ AFP/ Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned of a “national emergency” as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia battered the country yesterday. After years in which succ(...)

Europe’s commitment to the Paris accord on climate change reaches a critical point on Friday with negotiations between member states on the EU’s ‘cornerstone measures’

The Government has been accused of availing of a series of “concessions and loopholes” which will allow Ireland to reduce its commitments to curbing c(...)

Ms  Justice Mary Laffoy   said she expected there would be a thought provoking and robust discussion on how the State can become a leader in tackling climate change.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Citizens’ Assembly meets in Dublin this weekend to discuss how the Government can “make Ireland a leader on climate change”. Its members will be (...)

 Hot topic: Al Gore in a scene from his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”. The film presents the former US vice-president’s case about the dangers of global warming. Photograph: Paramount Classics/Eric Lee/AP

The release in 2006 of the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth was a surprise box office and critical hit, as well as a landmark moment in raising (...)

The alliance of environmental groups has  called for   coal-burning at Moneypoint power station to stop by 2022,  much sooner than is planned. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

The Citizens’ Assembly should call for a referendum to give a constitutional right to environmental protection to the people of Ireland, according to(...)

EU targets: the European Union wants to cut emissions across member states. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Getty

Next week Minister for Climate Action Denis Naughten is expected to launch a “national climate dialogue”, as part of the process of putting together t(...)

Caught in a torrential downpour on Parkgate Street in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

As wind and rain batter Ireland again this weekend, summer 2016 will probably not be remembered by most as anything other than a “run-of-the-mill” Iri(...)

Forestry’s relationship to climate and the environment in general is not straightforward.

It was election day, and the subject of debate was climate change. After a political campaign in which environmental issues were generally so neglect(...)

A peaceful pre-election street protest at the Dáil organised by members of the Triratna Buddhist Community  to highlight Government inaction on climate change. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Academics have called for the next government, regardless of make-up, to establish a citizens’ convention on climate change. In an open letter signed(...)

Illustration: Thinkstock

Over the past 50 years, we have become obsessed with the idea that third-level education is the way to achieve our economic destiny. The numbers going(...)

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