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Tackling climate change will involve changing the habits of a lifetime, Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton has said.

Changing how householders heat and manage their homes will require investing in smart technology and renewable energy he said.

Speaking at the Environment Ireland conference in Croke Park on Wednesday, Mr Bruton said individuals, communities, businesses and State entities had to recognise the scale of challenges and move beyond ambition.

There was a need to accept “infrastructures that we have resisted and shunned in the past” – such as wind turbines, solar panels and higher density housing.