Joseph Curtin and Laura Burke of the Climate Change Advisory Council:  Switching from fossil fuels to electricity to power heating and transport will be crucial to tackle climate change. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

This week the Climate Change Advisory Council, of which I am chairman, published its annual review. In it, the council set out its serious concern tha(...)

Firefighters try to extinguish flames during a wildfire at the village of Kineta, near Athens, on July 24th. Photograph: Valerie Gache/AFP/Getty Images

The images and stories from the fires still raging in Greece are harrowing, even to eyes and minds jaded by horrors and disasters. Irish attention is (...)

 The Climate Change Advisory Council has launched its Annual Review 2018 in Dublin this afternoon. (from left) Prof. John Fitzgerald; Laura Burke and Joseph Curtin all of the Climate Change Advisory Council. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw f

Ireland cannot meet targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and is completely off the course it needs to follow to achieve other carbon reduct(...)

The SEI ocean energy buoy moored off Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Late last year, Ireland found itself straggling behind its European partners in the climate-change fight, well on course to miss its targets on emissi(...)

A proposal to set up a new Oireachtas committee to track Government progress on addressing climate change and implementing radical measures to counter(...)

Melting glaciers are a clear sign of climat change and global warming

The view that “global warming is all bullshit, it’s got to stop . . . and the world is freezing” is no longer the dominant form of climate change deni(...)

A Chinese labourer sorts plastic bottles for recycling in Dong Xiao Kou village, on the outskirts of Beijing. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

In December the United Nations passed a unanimous resolution to address the “crisis” of ocean plastic. China subsequently announced it would no longer(...)

‘Positive Steps Towards a Low Carbon Future for the Irish Dairy Sector’ was launched by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed (second right) with Prof John Fitzgerald, Eamonn Farrell, and Martin Keane. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells.

Every litre of milk produced in Ireland is the most carbon efficient in Europe, according to a report on how the Irish dairy sector should respond to (...)

The Climate Change Advisory Council last month warned Ireland was not on track to meet its EU 2020 commitments to reduce carbon emissions, and would struggle to decarbonise its economy by 2050. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland must meet its climate change targets or face substantial fines in two years’ time, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Mr Varadkar said the coun(...)

The conference heard that the lessons of Storm Ophelia needed to be absorbed in order to ensure vital infrastructure is more resilient. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Houses, including some large valuable private properties, will fall into the sea and it is not in the public interest to save them, a climate change c(...)

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