Contractors dismantle an illegally installed section of the Corrib gas pipeline, at Aughoose, Co Mayo, in 2005. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The Corrib gas project is a template for “how not to undertake a development”, according to a new planning approach published by the British Instituti(...)

2015 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to a new analysis by Nasa - 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have now occurred since 2001. Photograph: Scientific Visualization Studio/Goddard Space Flight Center

Global temperatures are continuing to rise, with 2015 down as the hottest year since records began in 1880. Last year’s temperature rise shattered th(...)

Eric Ladizinsky: “We have come a long way in a very short period of time. That is the goal, to become self sustaining”

A strange new kind of computer is under development that is almost too complex to describe. It will have unimaginable power and will easily outperform(...)

One of the largest ozone holes yet seen opened up above Antarctica this autumn. Yet the loss of ozone that causes the hole to open up continues to slo(...)

The dwarf planet Pluto, captured from ‘New Horizons’ on July 13th, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. Photograph: Press Association

The world will get its closest look yet at dwarf planet Pluto today when pictures from the US New Horizons space probe begin to reach Earth. Snaps f(...)

An artist’s impression of New Horizons which is set to get a close up look at Pluto. Photograph: PA

The world will get its closest look yet of dwarf planet Pluto on Wednesday when pictures from the US New Horizons space probe begin to reach Earth. S(...)

This map shows the rover’s entire traverse from landing Eagle Crater to its current location at Endeavour Crater. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/NMMNHS

The Mars rover Opportunity has set a world record for the quickest marathon yet completed, covering the required 26.2 miles or 42km in a breathtaking (...)

An artist’s impression of the five rocky planets close to earth-sized orbiting the star Kepler-444. Illustration by Tiago Campante/Peter Devine

Planet-hunting astronomers have found a star orbited by no fewer than five earth-sized planets. The find is even more unusual however because this dis(...)

Waves crash against a sea wall  beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, on  December 16th, 2014. The state of California’s water deficit now stands at some 42 cubic km - the volume of water that would be needed to replenish the state’s depleted rivers and recharge underground aquifers. Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

California is bone dry - and getting even drier as a three-year drought continues. Its water deficit now stands at some 42 cubic km - the volume of wa(...)

People have been invited to submit possible names for five impact craters on Mercury - the planet in our solar system that lies closest to the sun

Putting your name up in lights is enough for some but how about putting a name up on the surface of the planet Mercury?People have been invited to sub(...)