Wind farm at Barna, near Scartaglen, Co Kerry. File photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

The Climate Change Advisory Council, an independent body which advises the Government, has laid out a blueprint to ensure the country achieves big tar(...)

In its 2020 review the council stresses the urgency of “shifting from planning to action” if the country is to reduce emissions over the next decade, and get on track to achieve a net-zero emissions economy and society by 2050.  Photograph: iStock

“A radical shift in gear” is required if Ireland is to meet its 2030 climate targets, especially reductions in carbon emissions, according to the Clim(...)

Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan says concerns exist about the impact the emissions targets will have for farmers: ‘I think it’s fair to acknowledge the real concern around agriculture.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Legislation to impose strict five-yearly carbon-emission limits on transport, agriculture, energy suppliers and business will be in place by Christmas(...)

Oisín Coghlan, director Friends of the Earth, says: ‘This is by far the strongest programme for government on climate action we have ever seen.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The programme for government may be imperfect but is the best option ever to drive down carbon emissions in Ireland with urgency, according to Friends(...)

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan before  at Government buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The initial reaction from most political quarters is that the Greens are the big winners in the deal for government with a new emphasis on sustainabil(...)

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(...)

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