Galapagos

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The 2015 eruption at Wolf Volcano in the Galápagos Archipelago. Photograph: Gabriel Salazar

Some volcanoes are plain boring with a predictable pattern of activity over millions of years; others are more explosive and unpredictable. Scientist(...)

Claire McCluskey on board the S/V Travel Edge in the south Pacific. Photograph: eXXpedition

“Are you Irish?” We stood blinking in the bright sunlight that beamed down on the Polynesian island of Rapa Nui, known around the world as Easter Isl(...)

‘Quietly emerging trend: the dream of a green Christmas and the notion of making the season more sustainable.’ Photorgraph: iStock

Happy Cyber Monday everybody! And belated happy Black Friday. Oh and is it time for the winter sales yet? While Christmas has long been a time of ov(...)

Rory Sutherland believes  today’s consumer capitalism is like ‘the Galapagos Islands for understanding human motivation’

It would be a mistake to take Rory Sutherland at face value. Walking through the lobby of a self-consciously posh London hotel, the British advertisin(...)

Bamburgh Castle was once the seat of Northumbria’s kings. Photograph: Des Fox

“Why are you going there?” friends asked when we explained how our family holiday in 2018 would be to Northumberland, the most north-eastern county in(...)

The corncrake, known for its rasping call, was once widespread across the countryside, but the population was decimated by mechanised farming. Photograph: iStock

The global assessment of nature confirms that accelerating loss of plants and animals is affecting every part of the planet – Ireland included. Human(...)

Seahorse Aquariums managing director Kealan Doyle: ‘It was really tough as I slept on the floor of this industrial unit every weeknight for two years, while my wife and daughter were in Connemara.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

There are not many shops in the country that refuse a sale, but at Seahorse Aquariums “we refuse more fish than we sell, as we need to see their tank (...)

Brexit troubles didn’t  have a consistent impact on Irish shares on Friday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Brexit uncertainty failed to trouble the Republic’s main share index on Friday while other European indices gained primarily due to signs of progress (...)

The red light district in Amsterdam: ‘Sometime it is as simple as tourists not realising that real people live here.’ Photograph: Getty Images

It is not a problem many holiday destinations spend much effort worrying about or money trying to fix: the wrong kind of tourist. But that is the chal(...)

An increase in crude oil prices boosted oil stocks on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Oxford/Reuters

Energy stocks, and particularly oil and mining stocks, advanced on Wednesday as crude prices advanced. For the most part investors in Europe and the U(...)

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