US Secretary of State John Kerry during a news conference at the COP21 conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/AFP/Getty Images

Clear choices now face ministers at COP21 on all of the key issues – including whether to set the long-term goal of limiting global warming to 2 degre(...)

UN climate change head Christiana Figueres:  no single issue had been finalised or cleared. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Two new draft documents on a possible climate change accord were published in Paris yesterday as negotiators reported tangible but slow progress in t(...)

Dr Dick Feely, senior scientist with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A global expert on ocean acidification has urged Ireland to become involved in monitoring its potential impact on the State’s multimillion-euro seaf(...)

In 2010, a scorching summer left bears in Siberia so hungry that some began digging up human graves. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Dozens of hungry bears have besieged a small town in Russia’s far east, roaming the streets and attacking residents. In the past month, more than 30 b(...)

Bumble bee feeding from a cosmos flower. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Bad days, we all have them. Something happens, and suddenly you find yourself briefly but uncomfortably at odds with the world. I was having such a(...)

Target: a protest outside James Palmer’s practice. Photograph: Eric Miller/Reuters

With modern technology and firepower it takes little courage and even less skill to kill wild animals. This week James Palmer, a US dentist and recrea(...)

 Nicolas Hulot, the French president’s envoy, said there was a new awareness on the part of the world’s two biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Photograph: Frederic Stevens/Getty Images

When asked what is at stake in next December’s COP 21 conference on global warming, Nicolas Hulot quotes a participant at a recent climate change gath(...)

When you sit down to dinner today, will you wonder about the environmental cost of that plate of food? What is the carbon footprint of your carbona(...)

Farmer Jacinto Serranos with a calf that has been killed by a wolf.  “I can’t sleep at night, I’m always on tenterhooks, wondering if the wolves are going to attack.”

“The calf was three days old and the wolves attacked it by taking bites out of its ribs and then they left it to die on its own,” says Jacinto Serrano(...)

The death has occurred after a short illness of the Donegal poet, playwright and fiction writer Francis Harvey – he was 89. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The death has occurred after a short illness of the Donegal poet, playwright and fiction writer Francis Harvey. He was 89.Born in Enniskillen, Co Ferm(...)