Bees  spend their entire lives feeding on nectar and pollen while helping to fertilise plants. In Ireland there are 100 species of bee; 50%  are in decline, a third are threatened with extinction, Photograph: Getty Images

The evidence is stacking up side by side with confirmation of human-induced global warming: we are living in the sixth age of mass extinction. The com(...)

A gilets jaunes protest in Paris. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

There is a cross-party “spirit of collaboration” within the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Change, according to its chairwoman, Hildegarde Naughton. (...)

Snow falls on a Berlin thoroughfare at the weekend. With little notice, a new speed limit regime has been imposed on many Berlin streets. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

If you’re visiting Berlin and want to hear some really filthy German, I recommend taking a taxi ride from anywhere to anywhere. Within minutes the dr(...)

In urban areas transport-related emissions of nitrogen-dioxide arising from fossil-fuelled vehicles are close to the EU limit, and continue to pose the biggest threat as Ireland is often above the health-related and tighter WHO and EEA guidelines. Photograph: Getty Images

The burning of solid fuel for home heating across the country and emissions from transport in large urban areas are the main threats to good air quali(...)

Bremerhaven in Germany, Europe’s biggest port for car exports. According to eco-pressure group Transport & Environment, out of the top 50 selling cars just six received upgrades or replacements in 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

Environmental campaigners are accusing car-makers of holding back newer, more efficient models in an effort to maximise the profits gained from older (...)

Firemen work on a forest fire after a wildfire took dozens of lives on June 19th. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 2,000 firefighters in Portugal are battling to contain major wildfires in the central region of the country, where one blaze killed 62 peopl(...)

Chase supporter Charlotte Cargin and her daughter Eliza protest outside a Bord Pleanála application for the Indaver incinerator. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The waste management company behind plans for a €160 million municipal waste incinerator for Cork Harbour have clashed with local environmentalists ov(...)

A Tesla electric-powered sedan  at a  charging station in Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

It has been said and suggested often over the past 15 years, but it really does now seem as if we stand on the cusp of a major revolution in motor tra(...)

Data from the European Environment Agency shows daily household energy use in Ireland is the second-highest in Europe at just under 50kWh daily.  Photograph:  Tim Ireland/PA

Resources are only available to fund retrofitting work on one-third of the 75,000 homes and buildings required to be upgraded each year between now an(...)

Poor air quality contributes to  1,200 premature deaths in Ireland every year – mainly attributed to particulate matter from traffic fumes.   Photograph: Guang Niu/Getty Images

When you consider that our most basic needs are clean air, safe drinking water and healthy food, it is not surprising that Ireland’s Environment 2016(...)

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