Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the range of initiatives to combat climate change - from new technology, to conservations, to behaviour change - were brilliant but needed to be implemented swiftly. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images.

Many impressive responses to climate change have emerged in recent years but they need to be deployed immediately to avoid the rapid rise of world tem(...)

The 80 wealthiest people in the world altogether own $1.9 trillion (€1.6 trillion), the Oxfam report found. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The world’s richest 1 per cent will own more than the other 99 per cent by next year, Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday.The charity highlig(...)

World leaders including France’s Francois Hollande, Germany’s Angela Merkel and China’s Li Keqiang will gather at the annual Davos forum running from January 21 until January 24, 2015, seeking to chart a path away from fundamentalism towards solidarity.(Photograph: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Women a scarce commodity at Davos

Women are still scarce at the World Economic Forum in Davos even as the youngest attendees reverse the gender gap for the first time. Among the 2,500 (...)

Skiers stop to look over the balcony and down to the town of Davos from the Chalet Gueggel restaurant on the Jakobshorn mountain in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Global inequality has increased to the extent that the €1.2 trillion combined wealth of the 85 richest people is equal to that of the poorest 3.5 bill(...)