Rearing beef is now a loss-making business in itself for most farmers, with EU supports needed to move family income from farming into positive territory and off-farm earnings needed to keep afloat.

The beef protests have led to controversy over the share of the final market price which goes to the farmer. But the roots of farmer unhappiness – and(...)

Alternative land uses could provide positive returns, rather than the losses that beef production entails. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As Ireland’s economy has recovered, there has been a steady increase since 2014 in our greenhouse gas emissions. If Ireland is to have any chance of (...)

A thermometer showing over 40 degrees at the Volklingen Ironworks in Volklingen, Germany. Western Europe has been hit by another heatwave which is setting new temperature records. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland must be prepared for extreme heatwaves of the kind that recently swept across Europe, the head of the Climate Change Advisory Council has warn(...)

‘Reducing the Irish suckler herd will result in an increase in global emissions,’ says the IFA’s president. Photograph: Alan Betson

Calls to significantly reduce Ireland’s cattle herd in order to meet 2030 carbon reduction targets have been dismissed as “flawed logic” by farmers. (...)

People enjoy the good weather on Portmarnock Beach, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland must prepare to deal with extreme future heat waves of the kind that recently swept across Europe, the head of the Climate Change Advisory Cou(...)

The Climate Change Advisory Council claims the practice of using public funds to buy carbon credits from other countries has no domestic benefit

The failure to set out detailed, cost-effective proposals on how to decarbonise the Irish economy by 2050 represents a major obstacle to progressing p(...)

The coal and peat industries must be phased out, while oil imports are radically reduced. We also need to transition from beef farming to more sustainable uses of land.

We are hurtling towards a climate breakdown. Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed 415 parts per million for the first time in hum(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton arriving at TU Dublin in Grangegorman with members of the Cabinet to announce details of Climate Action Plan 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has outlined a highly ambitious plan to cut Irish carbon emissions on a sustained basis up to 2030, which will be backed by annual incr(...)

All of Government Plan to Tackle Climate Disruption will be published by Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton in the coming weeks.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Oireachtas will vote on new carbon budgets set out by successive governments, with any purchasing of carbon credits by departments who fail to hit(...)

As much as Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe may wish it were otherwise, a rise in carbon taxes is firmly on the agenda for Budget 2020. Photograph: iStock

For years, the Government has dodged, ducked, swerved and skipped it in every way possible. But the issue of how to implement a significant and behavi(...)

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