Part of the challenge facing Ireland is the fact that agriculture, and in particular the methane gas emanating from the national herd, accounts for one third of emissions, compared with one tenth in the rest of Europe. Photograph: iStock

In this country at least, the topic of climate change is not up for debate. There is widespread consensus both about changing weather and the cause of(...)

Students take part in a march demanding action on the environment in Brussels in February. File photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

This was a year when faith in humanity was restored by the ability of protesters across the globe to raise a collective voice amid political chaos, an(...)

Protestors scale a shale gas rig at Merseyside in the UK in 2011. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

The Government will not support any grant application for EU funding by the Shannon liquefied natural gas (LNG)project until “a security of supply rev(...)

 Teagasc director Prof Gerry Boyle and  Teagasc chairman Liam Herlihy at the launch of the Teagasc annual report and accounts for 2018. Photograph: John Ohle Photography

Ireland’s farmers can meet increasingly-difficult targets for the reduction of greenhouse gases over the next 11 years, Teagasc, the State’s agri-food(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s cautious budget was entirely appropriate given the huge uncertainty facing the country over Brexit. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s cautious budget was entirely appropriate given the huge uncertainty facing the country over Brexit. For that ve(...)

Is acceptance of the carbon tax all about trusting the Government to use the money wisely? Photograph: PA

There were reports of some motorists queueing to fill up their tanks ahead of the imposition of the additional carbon tax at midnight on Budget night.(...)

Ireland will not ‘move the dial on climate breakdown’ unless there are major changes to transport, farming and forestry, said Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

A €6 increase in the carbon tax on all fossil fuels will not be enough to ensure that Ireland cuts carbon emissions quickly, Climate Change Advisory C(...)

‘There is growing public acceptance of the need for more radical measures on the road to decarbonisation’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

In spite of a pre-Budget tizzy about carbon taxes, the scale of increase announced, less than 2 cent per litre of diesel or petrol for instance, is so(...)

“The mood in the country is changing thanks to the efforts of young people but more needs to be done.” Photogrph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Late last year, Ireland won the wooden spoon for its performance in taking action against climate change. The Climate Change Performance Index ranked (...)

Indications are that the “€5 a week “ given in welfare increases and tax cuts in recent years will not happen.

The Government is doing its best to play down expectations for next Tuesday’s budget. But with the threat of a no-deal Brexit looming, a general elect(...)

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