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Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson has said she has become more optimistic about the global response to climate change. File photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Climate justice campaigner Mary Robinson has said she has become more optimistic about the global response to climate change and has urged a “Marshall(...)

Billionaire and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg has since 2010 spent $164 million on a campaign to end coal-burning in the US. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Last week war-torn Syria belatedly signed up to the Paris climate accord, leaving the United States as the only country not to support the framework (...)

Activists hold a sit-in at  COP23 in Bonn. Photograph: Epa/Philipp Guelland

Stronger Chinese economic growth and greater use of coal will push global greenhouse gas emissions to a record high in 2017, according to a report iss(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the federal state residence of Baden-Wuerttemberg in Berlin. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged party leaders negotiating a tricky three-way coalition government to show more willingness to compromi(...)

Europe needs to “urgently get off gas”, if it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to global warming – and to comply with internatio(...)

Fiji’s prime minister  speaks at the opening of the COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn on Monday. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

Syria said on Tuesday that it intends to join the 2015 Paris agreement for slowing climate change, isolating the United States as the only country op(...)

CO2 in the atmosphere is now increasing 100 times faster than at the end of the last Ice Age due to population growth, intensive agriculture, deforestation and industrialisation. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

The concentration of CO2, which causes global warming, in the Earth’s atmosphere increased at a record rate last year to reach a level not seen for mo(...)

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten insisted: ‘This is a fair deal for Ireland and a good day for climate.’ File image: Reuters/Yves Herman

EU environment ministers have agreed national emissions-reduction targets in a push to show how the bloc is delivering on its climate goals ahead of U(...)

Officials for US President Donald Trump have signalled a further softening of America’s resolve to leave the Paris climate accord. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Senior Trump administration officials on Sunday signalled a further softening of America’s resolve to leave the Paris climate accord, amid signs that (...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May prior to the start of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, on July 7, 2017.  BERND VON JUTRCZENKA/AFP/Getty Images

Britain wants to pick up the pace. EU negotiators in Brussels are taking their time. Blackmail and sabotage, cry Westminster’s Brexiters. The explanat(...)

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