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Crowds took to the streets despite the anti-terrorism state of emergency rules that forbid large gatherings. Photograph: EPA

The historic agreement on climate change, adopted in Le Bourget at the weekend, is widely expected to herald the beginning of the end of humanity’s hi(...)

A couple wear masks  in a shopping district of Beijing amid heavy smog after the city issued its first ever red alert for air pollution. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Schools were closed, building work suspended and restrictions on cars were put in place in Beijing on Tuesday after the Chinese capital issued its fir(...)

Not since the Paris peace conference convened in 1919 to put an end to the First World War have so many world leaders gathered in the French (...)

Demanding action on climate change: activists at St Peter’s Square, in the Vatican, urge a legally binding global agreement at COP21. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

One in six Americans and one in three Catholic Americans say they were influenced by the pope’s message that climate change is a crucial mora(...)

IBack to the future: ‘The Austrian system is more than 150 years old and began with steam train and horse and cart. With our new technology . . . we can offer a better experience,’ says Nick Blake

The bicycle courier has become an indispensable part of the working day for many businesses, ferrying important documents or packages through(...)

COP21: Ireland has the advantage of exploiting renewable energy and not producing fossil fuels. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

There are no jobs on a dead planet. David Begg, former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions summarised things neatly when (...)

 Nicolas Hulot: President François Hollande’s special envoy for the climate and a chief organiser of COP21:  “The real question is will it be half a success, a full success or an absolute success?”Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

The COP21 UN climate conference will begin on Monday amid uncertainty about the content of the final agreement, and nervousness over security(...)

Environmental problems have a natural attention cycle among readers and climate change has probably gone through this attention cycle several times. Photograph: Getty Images/Stockphoto

There is one conundrum related to climate change that has intrigued communications researchers for over 30 years. It can be summed up simply: given th(...)

Global annual average temperatures anomalies (relative to 1961-1990) based on an average of three global temperature data set. Image: World Meteorologicl Organization.

This year is destined for the history books with 2015 likely to be the warmest on record. It is smashing regional records around the globe for (...)

A young boy fills his cup from a water tanker in Coronation, Johannesburg, as South Africa experiences its worst drought in decades. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

The ongoing drought in South Africa, which has decimated harvests and livestock and forced urban water restrictions, is providing a frightening glimps(...)

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