Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello: said the Brussels summit aimed to establish a new relationship between Africa and the EU.

The European Union’s announcement that it is deploying 1,000 troops to the Central African Republic after months of delays topped the agenda at yes(...)

European Commission president José Manuel Barroso and European climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard present the 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

With three months to go to the European elections, yesterday’s climate change package from the European Commission is likely to be one of the most sig(...)

Environmentalists gather to demand improvements in climate change and energy models outside the European Commission headquarters during the presentation of the 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy EU2030 in Brussels today. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Today’s proposals on climate change by the European Commission mark the opening salvo in a debate on climate change and energy that is likely to conti(...)

Protesters wearing masks of US president Barack Obama, French president François Hollande, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and German chancellor Angela Merkel  on the last day of the 19th conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change  in Warsaw yesterday.  Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Ministers and negotiators from more than 190 countries were last night trying to cobble together a credible outcome at the UN’s 19th climate change co(...)

Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo (centre  back), Pan African Climate Justice Alliance Secretary General Mithika Mwenda (second right) and International Trade Union Confederation General Secretary Sharan Burrow (second left) walk out of the UN Climate Change Conferencein Warsaw, Poland.

Non-governmental organisations from across the globe, including Irish observers, staged a mass walk-out from the UN’s 19th climate change conference (...)

European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard (right) talks with Kenyan delegate Alice Akinyi Kaudia as they attend the Convention on Climate Change  conference at the National Stadium in Warsaw. Photograph:  Kacper Pempel / Reuters

Environment ministers from all over the world, including Ireland’s Phil Hogan, began arriving here today for the UN’s 19th climate change conference a(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said he is opposed to ‘blunt national targets’ for cutting emissions

The Government and the European Commission have clashed over targets that require dramatic cuts in Irish agricultural emissions by 2020.Minister for A(...)

Thomas Chalupa, Minister for the Environment in the Czech Republic (left) with Phil Hogan, Irish Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government during the informal meeting of Environment Ministers at Dublin Castle

Plans are under way for a leaner, greener more self-sufficient EU, but they are likely to cost more in taxes. EU environment ministers m(...)

Drax Power Station near Selby in YorkCarbon prices dropped by about 40 per cent to €2.63 a tonne immediately after the vote, though recovered to over €3 by early afternoon. According to some analysts, a carbon price of up to €50 a tonne could be necessary to encourage users to move from coal to more environmentally friendly energy sources.

Carbon prices fell to a record low yesterday after MEP’s voted against proposals to intervene in the carbon credit market by b(...)