The government is investigating how school running tracks were constructed

Report: Toxic waste used in school tracks in China

23 Jun Chinese authorities have shut down nine factories and detained some executives after reports that toxic industrial waste was used to make running tracks widely used at schools, official media said.

A new pay-by-weight system comes into force on 1 July

Bin charge controversy not yet resolved

20 Jun It is understood Minister for the Environment Simon Coveney and waste companies are still holding discussions by telephone to find a resolution to the bin charges controversy and a number of options are being considered.

The 20-turbine farm is under construction near Strokestown

Call for Coillte to halt wind farm in Roscommon

20 Jun A Roscommon TD has called on Coillte to suspend construction of a wind turbine farm in the county until an investigation is carried out into widespread flooding at homes and farms in the area.

Simon Coveney indicated that he would have frank discussions with industry representatives tomorrow.

Coveney to meet with waste industry over charges

16 Jun The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government is to meet with representatives from the waste industry tomorrow over growing concerns that bin charges will rise from next month.

A planners view of how the nine-storey building will look when completed (Pic: Dublin City Council Planning Dept)

Criticism over nine-storey Dublin building plan

09 Jun An Taisce has criticised An Bord Pleanála's decision to grant permission for a nine-storey office building that it says will have a major adverse impact on Dublin's City Quay Church.

Australian scientists said last month just 7% of the Great Barrier Reef has been untouched by mass bleaching

Anger as Australia omits climate change report

27 May Australia's Department of the Environment says it omitted its contribution to a UN report examining the impact of climate change on world heritage sites over concern it could  create "confusion" and have a negative impact on tourism.

Just under €89m in grants had been issued to 888,000 households up until February

Water grant admin to cost €210k this year

27 May The Department of Social Protection has estimated that the cost of administering the €100 water conservation grant for this year will be almost a quarter of a million euro despite the fact that another round of payments is unlikely to be made in 2016.