Exposure to radon, a radioactive gas that can be found in the air or trapped in buildings, increases the risk of lung cancer. File photograph: Shutterstock

Ireland’s residential retrofitting programme should ensure ventilation is carefully considered to avoid an increase in levels of the naturally-occurri(...)

Up to 40 per cent of emissions from open fires remain in the home, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Sitting in front of an open fire is as dangerous for your lungs as being exposed to rush-hour traffic, health charities have warned. A survey carried(...)

 Mushroom fairy ring. Illustration: Michael Viney

A handful of my garden soil has a cool, silky feel. Most of its particles were ground down from the mountain’s sandstone, gathering clay and ancient p(...)

Wayne Hurst of Hurst Heating and Plumbing Supplies in Castlebar, with some of the wood-burning stoves which have been selling well following the bituminous coal ban. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Six months after the burning of smoky coal was banned by the State in Castlebar, the Mayo town is showing slight, but encouraging signs of an improvem(...)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the amount of complaints rose by 127 per cent over the previous year, including a ‘dramatic’ rise in those relating to foul odours.

There was a sharp rise in the volume of environmental complaints against factories and other industrial facilities last year as people were stuck in t(...)

The icy shoreline of Lake Michigan. The American Midwest has suffered significant environmental degradation and the loss of millions of jobs. Photograph: Shafkat Anowar/AP

In the first half of the 20th century, the American Midwest incubated a world-leading culture of innovation in science and technology. Orville and Wi(...)

President Joe Biden signs documents  in the President’s Room at the US Capitol after the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday. Photograph:  Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP

As Joe Biden enters the White House as president, a new era has begun in the United States. After four years of turmoil, controversy and national divi(...)

The freshwater was intended to bathe diseased salmon in four licensed sites operated by the company in Kilkieran Bay to rid them of sea lice and amoebic gill disease. Photograph: iStock

The High Court has overturned a permission granted to a fish farm operator to pump freshwater from an island lake for use in bathing salmon in fish fa(...)

A view of the fire at a grain storage facility in Cork Harbour on Saturday. Photograph: Simon O’Regan/Twitter

A large fire at a grain storage building in Cork Harbour that broke out on Saturday morning was the second fire at the facility in the past four month(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden speaks on Saturday as he announced key cabinet nominees and members of his climate team. Photograph: AFP

President-elect Joe Biden introduced key members of his climate change team Saturday, declaring that his administration will connect the effort to red(...)

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