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In 2018 global carbon dioxide emissions grew 2 per cent, reaching a record high. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

All new revenues raised by new or increased carbon taxes in Ireland will be ringfenced to pay for coping with climate action and helping the poor to d(...)

One in six of all weekday Dart journeys are made between 8am and 9am. Overcrowding is worse on north side services. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Rail is to try to persuade Dart commuters to stagger morning rush-hour commuting journeys in a bid to reduce overcrowding problems. On Monday i(...)

Brazilian far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro (left) with  supreme court president José Dias Toffoli. Photograph:  Sergio Lima/AFP/Getty Images

Of all heavyweights in Brazilian public life to emerge as important allies of President Jair Bolsonaro, the most curious is the head of the country’s (...)

Incoming  EU commissioner for trade  Phil Hogan: argues that the Mercosur treaty will be the first real leverage the EU has on Brazil’s government over its policies in the Amazon. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The loss of Amazon forest between 1990 and 2016 now totals some 1.3 million square kilometres, at a rate equivalent to 800 football pitches an hour, T(...)

Members of Fridays for Future urging action on climate change outside the Dáil in February. File photograph: Alan Betson

Whether or not you have a reusable water bottle, or sometimes cycle to work instead of taking the car, may seem irrelevant when you consider, for exam(...)

The issue has encroached on public consciousness on a global scale fuelled by ‘the Thunberg effect’. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP Photo

The world will witness a climate protest like never before on September 20th, when young people in their millions will shout loudest. Three days later(...)

 Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US president Donald Trump: Erdogan has upset the White House by turning to Russia for defence purchases. Photograph:  Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Populists are amassing an empire on which the sun never sets. Leaders of their stripe govern as far east as the Philippines and as far west as the US.(...)

Hong Kong: Star Ferries to Kowloon give passengers uninterrupted views over Victoria Harbour. Photograph: iStock

Forget pricey tours. In many major cities across the world, sublime views can be had for as little as a one-way ticket on the local public transport. (...)

File photograph of Pat Hickey, former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The supreme court in Brazil appears to have cleared the way for a hearing of proceedings involving Pat Hickey, former president of the Olympic Council(...)

European Commission president German Ursula von der Leyen gestures as she gives a press conference to announce the names of the new European commissioners. Photograph: Kenzo tribouillard / AFP/Getty Images

The nomination of Ireland’s agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan to the trade portfolio, the commission’s president-elect said, would lay the basis for(...)

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