To frack or not to frack

To frack, or not to frack: that is the question. This fateful decision confronts us here in Ireland, just as it has confronted others elsewhere – whet(...)

Protestors outside West Sussex County Council offices last month after an application by a shale company to explore for oil and gas  near Wisborough Green in West Sussex was turned down. Photograph: Ruth Lumley/PA

Something unusual happened in West Sussex last month: a small rural community took on the fracking industry – and won. Indeed, the people of Wisboroug(...)

The honeybee population has been declining steadily for decades from six million colonies in 1947 to 2.5 million today. Photograph: Getty Images

The White House has joined the fight to save the American honeybee and other pollinators such as birds, bats and butterflies from decline to protec(...)

Drone flying:  LAPD   to hold  public hearings  on the use of drones. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The Los Angeles Police Commission is set to hold a series of public hearings to give the public a chance to weigh in on the use of drones by the loca(...)

Lake Van: there is a train from Tehran to Ankara, in Turkey, the Trans Asia Express which takes two nights and includes a crossing of Lake Van. Photograph: Thinkstock

How would I travel from Kuwait to Cork, avoiding planes, and using ferries, trains and buses? I’m working in Kuwait and hoping to travel in late May. (...)

The Suncor oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP

At a time of Russian sabre-rattling and with the Middle East in turmoil, a welcome geopolitical treble win could be on the cards. The United St(...)

Artist impression issued by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History of Anzu wyliei, a bird-like dinosaur nicknamed the “chicken from hell”, that roamed the Dakotas 66 million years ago. Photograph: Mark Klingler/Carnegie Museum of Natural History/PA Wire

If you’re a dinosaur with a nickname as funky as “the chicken from hell,” you had better be able to back it up. A dinosaur called Anzu (...)

A taxi drives through snow at Madison Avenue in New York. The eastern half of the US has been hit by a dangerously cold whirlpool of dense air known as a “polar vortex” which threatens to break decades-old weather records. Photograph: Sebastian Gabriel/EPA

The eastern half of the US has been hit by a dangerously cold whirlpool of dense air known as a “polar vortex” which threatens to break decades-old we(...)

A taxi drives through snow at Madison Avenue in New York yesterday. A severe winter storm dumped more than 60cms of snow in some areas of Northeastern US including the cities of New York, Hartford, Providence and Boston. Photograph: EPA

A deep freeze expected in the US Midwest, north-eastern New England states and even the South will be one to remember, with potential record-low tempe(...)

Occidental also said it was considering strategic alternatives for some oil and gas assets in the US Rocky Mountain region. Photograph: Reuters

Occidental Petroleum plans to sell a minority stake in its Middle East and North African operations, part of a restructuring meant to lift its valuati(...)