The impact on cities, the biggest source of emissions on a per capita basis, will be dramatic, given what is envisaged in the electrification of transport and the built environment. File photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

The draft Government plan on responding to a warming world that potentially poses an existential threat to humanity sets out its ambition succinctly: (...)

Irish butterfly populations have declined by  12 per cent over the past decade.

The latest evaluation of biodiversity loss in Ireland confirms potentially-catastrophic species loss and deterioration of globally-important habitats (...)

Speaking in the Dáil chamber, Mr Bruton had warned ‘everyone will have to make changes’. He noted sharp differences over who should pay carbon tax. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Continued use of fossil fuels, notably gas, will be necessary in Ireland in spite of the declaration of a climate emergency by unanimous approval of t(...)

Hundreds of people are taking part in a climate change protest by Exctinction Rebellion Ireland on O’Connell Street this Friday. Photograph: O’Carrolls Irish Gifts web cam.

As Dublin basked in warm Easter sunshine, Sue Breen climbed onto a makeshift stage in the shadow of the GPO, a stone’s throw from where Pádraig Pearse(...)

Voters in Cork, Limerick and Waterford are to go to the polls without important information. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The idea of directly elected mayors with executive powers has been under discussion for more than a decade. It almost came to fruition five years ago (...)

 The  carbon tax rate currently amounts to about 5 cent on a litre of diesel or around €2.40 on a 40kg bag of coal. Even doubling the rate, the ESRI said, would only increase diesel prices by about 7%. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Ireland has to increase tax on carbon – by a lot and over a sustained period. Our greenhouse gas emissions are way above target and we will soon start(...)

Michael Ewing, Coordinator of the Environmental Pillar group: ‘There is a clear and urgent need for a sense of direction and understanding as to how Ireland will take action to aggressively respond to the imminent threat of climate change’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The progressive recommendations of the all-party climate committee must be used by the Government “to develop a real and lasting strategy to turn Irel(...)

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary ‘This idea that by taxing something we’re just going to reduce its use is nonsense’. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The idea that a carbon tax on farming and aviation will work by reducing such activities “is nonsense”, according to Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, who(...)

Hildegarde Naughton, chairwoman of committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The all-party Committee on Climate Action have reached agreement on a far-reaching series of actions to scale up Ireland’s response to global warming.(...)

British prime minister Theresa May has to date  opposed the idea of multi-option voting. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire

The idea of multi-option or “indicative” voting is not alien to the House of Commons. However, British MPs have yet to show they can run such a vote p(...)

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