Mountain peaks in the Bernese Alps protrude above a hazy layer of air as scientists have uncovered strong evidence that beginning in the 1860s, soot sent into the air by a rapidly industrialising Europe caused the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps. Photograph: University of Colorado/PA Wire

Top climate scientists will blame mankind more clearly than ever for global warming next week but may struggle to drive home the message in a report t(...)

A swimmer emerges from the sea at Sandycove, south Dublin, during last month’s heatwave. New research by German scientists shows climate change will trigger more frequent and severe heatwaves in the next 30 years. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland will experience “huge increases” in temperatures over this century, according to a leading Irish expert on climate change. Average Irish Au(...)

Corkermore wind farm  in Dunkineely, Co Donegal. Photograph: David Sleator

Plans to pepper the Irish midlands with giant wind turbines exporting the electricity they generate to Britain are not driven only by Tory conc(...)