Antarctica

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The Amery ice shelf has an estimated floating ice area of 60,000 sq km and water penetrates over 550km underneath it. File photograph: Chris Larsen/AFP

A gigantic iceberg almost twice the size of Co Dublin has calved from the Amery ice shelf in east Antarctica, according to expert monitors. The tabul(...)

The UN report predicts record losses of polar sea ice.  Photograph: Chris Larsen/ NASA/AFP/Getty Images

Greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are destabilising oceans, leading to more intense superstorms, increased deadly heatwaves and record loss(...)

Melting glaciers are a clear sign of climat change and global warming. The rise in global energy consumption each year is still larger than new supplies of green energy

More fossil fuels are being used every year, despite all of the efforts to increase renewable energy supplies, a major report to be presented to the U(...)

During European heatwaves between July 29th and August 3rd, the melt run-off in Greenland was estimated at 55 billion tonnes, about 40 billion tonnes more than the average for those days between 1981 and 2010. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

Humans have done much to promote health, extend lifespan and make widespread use of all the resources delivered by our remarkable planet Earth. Unfort(...)

This illustration, provided by the Canterbury Museum, shows the approximate height of a giant penguin next to a human being.

Scientists in New Zealand have uncovered fossilised bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of a human and swam the oceans some (...)

A boy jumps from a diving platform into the lake Ammersee in Utting, southern Germany. Photograph:  Sven Hoppe/dpa/AFP

High temperatures broke records all over Europe on Thursday as the continent endured its second extreme heatwave in a month. Belgium, France, Germany(...)

Experts said they do not know if this is a natural blip or long-term global warming that is finally catching up with the South Pole. Photograph: iStock

The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists. Floating ice off the southern conti(...)

A clear wallet and its contents used in a study of how people in 40 countries decided to return, or not return, lost wallets. Photograph: Christian Zünd/Science/AFP/Getty Images

It’s obvious: someone finding a lost wallet is less likely to return it if money is inside, right? That’s what top economists, as well as regular peop(...)

US senator John Kerry will deliver the keynote address at the Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork on Monday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Ireland and other countries across the world are failing to play their part in adequately preventing the destruction of oceans, which is contributing (...)

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica on October 2nd, 2015, which appears to be healing. Photograph: Nasa/Goddard Space Flight Center/PA Wire

The words “ozone hole” dominate my earliest memories of climate change. I was in primary school when scientists announced they had discovered a hole i(...)

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