Narendra Modi: originated the concept of ‘climate justice’. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

The prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, began his launch of the “Solar Alliance” at the COP21 climate change conference with a paean to th(...)

COP21 family photograph of state and government leaders at the opening day of the conference at Le Bourget in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/AFP/Getty Images

A grimy, ramshackle exhibition park in a Paris banlieue felt like the headquarters of world government yesterday when President Francois Holla(...)

The Place de la Republique is covered in pairs of shoes  in  Paris, as part of a symbolic and peaceful rally called by the NGO Avaaz within the UN conference on climate change COP21. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland faces fresh pressure from EU member states and the European Commission over its high level of agricultural emissions, Taoiseach Enda Ke(...)

A woman participates in a human chain to show solidarity for climate change after the cancellation of a planned climate march in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The COP21 United Nations conference on climate change which begins today is being presented by French media as “two weeks to save the Earth”. (...)

Clouds of tear gas fill the air as demonstrators clash with French riot police at the Place de la Republique, Paris, on Sunday, November 29th. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

About 100 people have been detained after a major protest in Paris seeking a global climate deal turned violent, Paris’s police chief said. (...)

New air strikes targeting the Syrian city of Raqqa have killed at least eight people, including five children, according to opposition groups(...)

Security staff at work at the site of the COP21 climate summit at Le Bourget, near Paris. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Security will be stepped up for the global climate summit in Paris, with civil and military forces deployed to guard the venue where 140 world leaders(...)

Christiana Figueres, Manuel Pulgar Vidal (centre) and Laurent Fabius: Recent reports published have driven home the gravity of the climate change situation. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Whatever suspense remained over the COP21 climate conference that will take place in Paris from November 30th to December 11th evaporated this week, w(...)

Stickers for the COP21, in Paris, ahead of the Climate Change Conference 2015. France will be hosting and presiding over the 21st Session of the conference. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Europe has to step up its effort to combat climate change and wake up to the urgency of the situation, climate change expert Nicholas Stern has said b(...)

Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)