Tangier Island, Virginia, in Chesapeake Bay; The island is just 4ft above sea level so it is vulnerable to the vast expanse of water around it. Photograph: Simon Carswell

As James “Ooker” Eskridge drives around Tangier Island, which he has represented as mayor for eight years, he stops his electric golf cart next(...)

An anti shale-extraction poster in New York state.

The United States has taken Russia’s crown as the biggest oil and natural-gas producer in a demonstration of the seismic shifts in the world energy la(...)

Tara suffered a stroke after playing tennis but was advised by a neurologist to stay active

The thing that’s easy to miss about Tara is how competitive she is. In a big Irish family of gabby, argumentative people, my niece is a lovely, willow(...)

There were mixed fortunes for Aer Lingus and Ryanair yesterday. Aer Lingus rose by 2.1 per cent to €1.43 on low volumes but Ryanair declined by 2.7 per cent to €6.346. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

European stocks were little changed this week, following four weeks of gains, as euro- area economic growth missed estimates, and investors weighed eq(...)

Karl Marx: Obamacare and climate change policy are among the initiatives branded ‘Marxist’ by US conservatives. Photograph: Henry Guttmann/Getty Images

Everywhere you look these days you see Marxism on the rise. Well, okay, maybe you don’t – but conservatives do.If you so much as mention income inequa(...)

Danone, the world’s largest yogurt maker, added 2.1 per cent to €52.11

It was a steady and dull day on the markets yesterday, with little by way of stock-specific news and little by way of economic data to affect sentimen(...)