A cow with methane-collection equipment on her back. Grass is a cheap way to feed cows, but as  methanogens break  down grass in the stomach they  produce methane,  a potent greenhouse gas Photograph:   Rachel Doyle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted to the European Parliament in January what climate activists have long known: Ireland’s performance on climate change (...)

Emissions from cars have improved greatly since 2005, but more people are now driving to work, according to the CSO. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Ireland has been placed among the worst European performers in a range of environmental areas, according to detailed new statistical analysis. A bie(...)

Moody’s said the continued growth of data centres in the Republic would “significantly” contribute to a rise in electricity demand over the coming years,

Energy prices in Ireland are likely to rise in the coming years, partly as a result of greater electricity demand from data centres. A report on the (...)

Government policy has two mutually contradictory aims: to increase the output of what might be called industrial-style farming while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

You only ever hear about two types of guilt in the media – Catholic guilt and white, liberal guilt. I realised I had invented a whole new type of guil(...)

 Joseph Curtin and Laura Burke of the Climate Change Advisory Council:  Switching from fossil fuels to electricity to power heating and transport will be crucial to tackle climate change. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

This week the Climate Change Advisory Council, of which I am chairman, published its annual review. In it, the council set out its serious concern tha(...)

Firefighters try to extinguish flames during a wildfire at the village of Kineta, near Athens, on July 24th. Photograph: Valerie Gache/AFP/Getty Images

The images and stories from the fires still raging in Greece are harrowing, even to eyes and minds jaded by horrors and disasters. Irish attention is (...)

 The Climate Change Advisory Council has launched its Annual Review 2018 in Dublin this afternoon. (from left) Prof. John Fitzgerald; Laura Burke and Joseph Curtin all of the Climate Change Advisory Council. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw f

Ireland cannot meet targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and is completely off the course it needs to follow to achieve other carbon reduct(...)

The SEI ocean energy buoy moored off Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Late last year, Ireland found itself straggling behind its European partners in the climate-change fight, well on course to miss its targets on emissi(...)

A proposal to set up a new Oireachtas committee to track Government progress on addressing climate change and implementing radical measures to counter(...)

Melting glaciers are a clear sign of climat change and global warming

The view that “global warming is all bullshit, it’s got to stop . . . and the world is freezing” is no longer the dominant form of climate change deni(...)

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