Waves crash over the lighthouse at Porthcawl, Wales, February 1, 2016. Gale force winds are affecting parts of Wales. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

It’s St Bridget’s day, when we traditionally celebrate the arrival of Spring but instead we are battening down the hatches as Storm Henry sweeps in. (...)

Environmental report card: The Arctic Ocean reached its peak ice cover in 2015 on February 25th – a full 15 days earlier than the long-term average and the lowest extent recorded since records began in 1979. Photograph: Clement Sabourin/AFP/Getty Images

The Arctic experienced record air temperatures and a new low in peak ice extent during 2015, with scientists warning that climate change is having “pr(...)

Environmentalists urging a ban on coal-burning plants take part in a bicycle ride to show solidarity for the global movement for climate justice in Manila, the Philippines on Sunday, December 13th, 2015. Photograph: Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images

After the stomping and cheering died down, and the hugs and toasts ended, a question hung in the air as the climate conference came to a close: What d(...)

Pope Francis arriving at the St Maria Maggiore cathedral upon his return to Rome on Monday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Filippo Monteforte

Asked about the ongoing “Vatileaks 2” trial in the Vatican, Pope Francis on Monday joked that he was glad that 15th century femme fatale Lucrezia Borg(...)

Meltwater flows along the Greenland ice sheet, one of the biggest and fastest-melting chunks of ice on Earth. Photograph: Josh Haner/the New York Times

The midnight sun still gleamed at 1am across the brilliant expanse of the Greenland ice sheet. Brandon Overstreet, a doctoral candidate in hydrology a(...)

Urban Arrow Electric Cargo Bike

Urban Arrow Electric Cargo Bike The Dutch get a lot of credit for redefining what a bike can do or carry, thanks to their cargo bikes. Now Amste(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We need to confront the hegemonic ethic of individualism and insatiable consumption at the roots of our behaviour and replace it with a new thinking”. The President was speaking at  the Consciouness Summit in Paris.  Photograph: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Two news items about climate change illustrate how public opinion is becoming more aware of the dangers in a year of major choices about how to mitiga(...)

‘When it comes to the marine, we’ve a pretty good record of selling off the family silver, or even giving it away.’ Above, John Fitzgerald takes Lorna Siggins on a seaweed foraging tour. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

There can be few more pleasurable ways to acquire a spot of Latin than wading through cool, clear Atlantic waves off a southwest Kerry beach. I(...)

The Mourne Wall is solidly built, its architects taking time and care to marry aesthetics with durability

Mourne Wall, Co Down Map: Sheet 29, Discoverer Series OSNI. Start: car park 1km southeast of Tras(...)

 Erkan Gursoy, the 68-year-old Turkish-Canadian sailor, was adopted by the Aran islanders late last year. He  has just reached his destination of Istanbul after a nine-month solo voyage from Vancouver through the Northwest Passage on a  boat he built in his back garden.

A 68-year-old Turkish-Canadian sailor who was “adopted” by the Aran Islands after being caught in a hurricane has been given a hero’s welcome in his (...)