To say that gold has underwhelmed investors in the past couple of years is an understatement. Photograph: Tamara Abdul Hadi/Reuters

The observation that gold has been a disappointing investment of late should come as no surprise to anyone in the investment world. The fact that this(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

US president Barack Obama’s new policy on emissions announced this week promises an “all-out climate push”. But as the incumbent US president has disc(...)

 US president Barack Obama announcing a  plan  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from  coal-burning power plants. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Obama administration has vowed to override states that refuse to accept its new climate goals by mandating how they should achieve emissions cuts,(...)

Worldwide the amount of carbon dioxide emitted has grown year-on-year for the past two decades. 0:38

When US president Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan this weekend it put climate change firmly back into the media limelight and into publi(...)

US president Barack Obama on Monday unveiled the final version of his Clean Power Plan, a set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations that, if implemented, would represent the strongest action ever taken by the United States to combat climate change. Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times.

US president Barack Obama on Monday unveiled the final version of his Clean Power Plan, a set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations that, if (...)

US president Barack Obama: “We only get one home. We only get one planet. There’s no plan B.” Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

President Barack Obama yesterday challenged the United States and the rest of the world to step up efforts to fight global warming, at the formal unve(...)

US president Barack Obama: Clean Power Plan ‘the biggest, most important step we have ever taken to combat climate change’. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president Barack Obama will tomorrow unveil the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants as he aims to cem(...)

Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton:  Biden is talking to friends, family and donors about jumping in. The 72-year-old vice-president has been having meetings to explore the idea of taking on Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire. Photograph: Luke Sharret/The New York Times

A pattern of cutting corners, a patina of entitlement and inevitability, has led to this. Destroying digital messages and thwarting official investiga(...)

Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is scheduled to open in September 2016. Photograph: Simon Carswell

When the White House said, following the latest mass shooting in the United States, that president Barack Obama believed the Confederate flag “belongs(...)

Smoke billows over the Japanese city of Nagasaki after an atomic bomb was dropped on August 9th, 1945. Photograph: Reuters

Polls show most Americans still consider the decision to use atomic weapons in the second World War correct, although support among women and the youn(...)