The Peruvian environment minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal delivering a speech during the opening of the  20th United Nations Climate Change Conference at Lima, Peru, this month. Photograph: Paolo Aguilar

Frantic negotiations to salvage the UN’s 20th climate conference are running right up to the wire after an earnest plea to negotiators by its presi(...)

John Graby, director of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland, said the six members who resigned had “done the honourable thing” in the circumstances.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Two former presidents and four other council members of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland have resigned over what they claim to be seri(...)

Environmental advocates participate in the “People’s Walk for Climate Justice”, a walkathon against climate change in the  Philippines. The latest round of UN climate talks are set to “grind to a halt” unless its joint co-chairs find a way of reconciling serious differences between rich and poor countries. Photograph: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

The latest round of UN climate talks “will grind to a halt” unless its joint co-chairs find a way of reconciling serious differences between rich and (...)

Cutting speed limits in urban areas to 30 km/h (20 mph) reduces the number of road accidents . Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cutting speed limits in urban areas to 30 km/h (20 mph) reduces the number of road accidents and the severity of injuries, according to the Institute (...)

It’s a scary moment. If you smile back at the mime clown will you become his next victim? The danger passes when a nearby woman mimes joy at his appro(...)

 US president Barack Obama speaks during the Climate Summit  at United Nations headquarters in New York yesterday.  He  called on world leaders to unite in tackling climate change before it was too late to avert its potentially disastrous consequences. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

US president Barack Obama has called on world leaders to unite in tackling climate change before it is too late to avert its potentially disastrous co(...)

The Environmental Pillar, which represents 28 national environmental groups, proposes an “energy tax and share system” aimed at promoting the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The Government could raise up to €6 billion by taxing pollution and waste and redistribute it through income tax cuts in the upcoming budget, accordi(...)

Kate Colleary and journalist Olivia O’Leary at the funeral of Gordon Colleary, founder of USIT, in St Joseph’s Parish Church, Glasthule, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

American Catholic mystic Thomas Merton was quoted at the funeral of Gordon Colleary (73) whose funeral Mass took place at St Joseph’s church in Dublin(...)

White Walls, the Dubskys’ 1930s house in Ballymoney, Co Wexford

Environmental campaigner Karin Dubsky and her husband Paul have been refused permission to convert part of their home in the seaside resort of Ballymo(...)

I’m in love with a new bike. If Farrow & Ball made high nellies they’d look like my new lady bike. Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. (...)