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Chinese president Xi Jinping and US president Barack Obama formally commit to the Paris agreement in September 2016. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Land temperatures up, ocean temperatures up, and so too the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases implicated in causing climate change.(...)

Where will Santa’s workshop be if the Arctic ice cap melts? Getty Images/Vetta

It’s the most talked-about place in the world right now. No, not the White House, although white is the prevailing colour here. It’s the North Pole, r(...)

Air-pollution problems afflict large Vietnamese cities such as Hanoi, which frequently has a  blanket of smog.

In Ireland we are already beginning to feel the negative effects of climate change through increased weather variability, and worse is yet to come. H(...)

 Global warming: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has reported that only half of Irish people believe that climate change is a serious problem. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

While the election of a new president of the United States of America may not directly impact us in Ireland, their policies most certainly will. One o(...)

Severe storms are now more commonplace,  World Meteorological Organization secretary-general Petteri Taalas has said. “Because of climate change, the occurrence and impact of extreme events has risen.” Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Weather-related hazards are displacing twice as many people as conflicts and violence, according to latest figures from the UN High Commissioner for R(...)

  Activists protest  near the   ESB peat burning power station   in Shannonbridge, Co Offaly.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Paris agreement on climate change, reached last December, has been ratified by Ireland, the EU, and almost 100 other countries, and it has now tak(...)

Pedestrians in Dublin during a heavy downpour recently. Photograph: Eric Luke

If you tire of the grey chill of July, I offer you this cold comfort from the Irish summer. According to traditional theories about the relationship (...)

Traces of emerald ash borer on a dead tree. Photograph: iStock

California’s oak trees are dropping dead in their hundreds of thousands in an epidemic described as “unstoppable”. The emerald ash borer has wiped ou(...)

An artist’s impression of the evolutionary garden.  Illustration by garden plan co-designer, Nicola Haines of Tierney Haines Architects

The evolution of plants through geological time has culminated in the diversity of species we see around us today. Across forests, savannahs, deserts (...)

Protesters against climate change pretending to be dead outside a Paris hotel last week where the International Petrol Summit was taking place.  Photograph:  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

It is hard to imagine there is anyone left who still questions climate change or that the altered weather patterns and global warming we are experienc(...)

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