Ireland has plenty of potential to build back the forestry we lost to shipbuilding and barrel staves in the 17th century.  Photograph: Alan Betson

On some of the specimen trees in Fernhill Park, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council has labelled the amount of carbon they store. A very fine Giant Redwood(...)

Climate change: Choose to put less of the burden on agriculture and you end up putting more on the energy sector, transport and transitions by households and businesses. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

I’m never sure how to write about the climate crisis. Would you like another “the world must act” piece? Or perhaps the one on how “our lives are goin(...)

About 770 million people, according to the International Energy Agency’s World Economic Outlook 2020, do not have any access to electricity.

As I was reading Harry Potter by torchlight during a power cut last week – a two-hour glitch, nothing to do with the power shortages we’re hearing abo(...)

The push to get  people to cycle and walk  more and drive less in their daily lives is set to continue. Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly/Getty Images

Ireland has reached its carbon crunch. New proposals on national carbon limits from the Climate Change Advisory Council will, when approved by the Oir(...)

Prof John Fitzgerald said licensing requirements  make it hard for farmers to switch to forestry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The existence of excessive amounts of red tape that makes it “impossible” for farmers to easily switch from growing crops or farming cattle to plantin(...)

Do you know your carbon budget from your carbon footprint? Image: iStock

As we work towards the climate change goals outlined in the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees – preferably to 1.5 degree(...)

As the world gears up for Cop26, discussions around the key topics affecting our ability to reach climate change goals need to be amplified. Photograph: iStock

As the world gears up for Cop26, discussions around the key topics affecting our ability to reach climate change goals need to be amplified. There are(...)

Though individual sectoral ceilings have yet to be set by Minister for Climate Eamon Ryan and the Government, many have suddenly realised increased climate ambition as set out in the programme for government has hard short-term consequences. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The carbon limits recommended by the independent Climate Change Advisory Council to the Government this week mark the first big tangible step in intro(...)

Director general of the Environmental Protection Agency Laura Burke graduated from UCD as a chemical engineer before completing a MSc course at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Climate Change Advisory Council will change the State’s politics, and the lives of millions as Ireland finally begins to tackle its over-productio(...)

Many aspects of people’s day-to-day lives will be affected by the anticipated changes

The impact of the new climate change targets on households might be difficult to pin down exactly – but they will be enormous. By 2030, on the recomm(...)

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