Dr David Styles’s modelling of different possibilities sees Irish beef’s ranking rise as high as third or fall as low as 11th. Equally, Irish dairy can rise to first or fall to 11th.

Published in 2010, using data from 2004, one of the most cited pieces of beef and dairy research is now well over a decade old. According to Bord Bia,(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen, one of his party’s government negotiators, has accused Fine Gael of acting in ‘bad faith’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government formation talks have been damaged by sharp criticisms from Fianna Fail of contingency plans to hold a general election in the midst of (...)

First minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon attends the opening of The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre located in Aberdeen Bay on September 7th, 2018 off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Imagine a person who can only lose weight, not by going on a diet, but by accidentally running out of food. It is a grim fact that Ireland’s only real(...)

The exit from the Covid-19 crisis will give us some opportunities to start anew, but it also presents us with the age-old challenge that getting things to change in a time when there is less cash around is just a lot more difficult

DELIVERING THE GREEN AGENDA – ALWAYS A COSTLY ENTERPRISE – LOOKS EVEN HARDER IN AN ECONOMY RAVAGED BY COVID-19. WE WOULD NEED TO GET THE BEST BANG (...)

‘A separate reduction target for methane could be a good idea.’ Photograph: EPA/Robert Perry

The Green Party has sought a commitment of a 7 per cent reduction in carbon emissions annually as a precondition for entering talks on government form(...)

Speaking in Trinity College Dublin at a conference to mark 250 years of the College Historical Society, Eddie O’Connor said 75,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy capacity was achievable at a low cost of 5 cents per kilowatt-hour

Ireland could supply 5 per cent of Europe’s electricity needs by exploiting offshore wind opportunities off the west coast, according to renewable ene(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald takes part in the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images

Question: Do carbon taxes reduce emissions, and have they done so in Ireland? Who is making the claim? On Tuesday night’s RTÉ leaders’ debate, Sinn(...)

Prof John Fitzgerald, chairman, Climate Change Advisory Council and Prof Frank Mitloehner, University of California at the IFA’s Climate Action in Agriculture conference in Dublin . Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

It does not make sense that Ireland is regarded as producing more greenhouse gases than Los Angeles, a city of 13 million people, a US scientist has t(...)

The greatest implications of the Climate Action (Amendment) Bill will lie with the transport, agriculture, housing and energy sectors, which are most responsible for rising Irish CO2 emissions. File photograph: Getty

Details of a climate action Bill which will force transport, agriculture, housing and energy sectors to radically reduce carbon emissions over the com(...)

Our existing indigenous gas reserves, the Corrib field and almost-empty Kinsale reservoir, will be fully depleted by the middle of the next decade

Midwinter is when the Republic uses most electricity. Cold weather, long nights, businesses running at capacity, extended shopping hours, full hospita(...)

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