The primary driver of the rise in global output is expected to be a 75 per cent jump in global average real output per head, as the prosperity of emerging economies catches up with that of high-income countries

Our ancestors lived in eras we call the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Ours is the “fossil-fuel age”. The energy we have extracted from t(...)

Carbon control: a farmer grazes sheep by a power plant near China’s Changzhi, in Shanxi province. The amount of coal being burned in China has fallen for the first time since 2000 – good news for the environment. Photograph: Reuters

With 2014 likely to end up one of the hottest years on record and greenhouse gas emissions still rising, attention is turning to carbon capture and(...)

The decline in oil prices should be helpful to the world economy, albeit with caveats. Photograph: Getty/iStockphoto

What does the decline in oil prices mean for the world economy? The answer depends on why it has happened and how long it might last. But overall it s(...)

Oil prices are now languishing at less than $80 a barrel mark, around 30 per cent below a peak they hit in June and from which they have fallen with i(...)

OxyMem managing director Wayne Byrne

UCD spin out OxyMem has won the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Innovation Award which recognises organisations that are implementing i(...)

Brent crude fell to $79 a barrel on Monday following news Japan, the world’s fourth-biggest crude importer, had slipped into recession. Photo: Bloomberg

Brent crude fell to $79 a barrel on Monday following news Japan, the world’s fourth-biggest crude importer, had slipped into recession and after comme(...)

A file pictured  from January  2013, shows a large statue of a giant panda darkened by heavy smog in Beijing, China. Intensive talks over the past year or more led to Wednesday’s historic announcement in Beijing that the US would cut its emissions by up to 28 per cent by 2025 while China said its emissions would peak in 2030 or earlier. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

Tackling climate change always boiled down to what the world’s two largest economies and biggest emitters of greenhouse gases – the US and China – wer(...)

A trader watches his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. US stocks fluctuated, after the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index produced its biggest two-day gain since April, as investors watched geopolitical developments and energy shares sank. Photograph: Reuters

Both European and US stocks fell with the euro amid concern over conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East. German investor confidence, reported by the(...)

A woman walks through flood water in Cork city recently. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

It is tempting to imagine that a sea change in Ireland’s on-again, off-again relationship with the reality of climate change has occurred in re(...)

The International Energy Agency  said US oil demand grew by 390,000 barrels a day last year, or 2 per cent, reversing years of decline. Photograph: Inpho

US demand for oil grew by more than China’s last year for the first time since 1999, according to the International Energy Agency, giving the stronges(...)