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The stunning Covid vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna drew upon long-buried discoveries made in the hopes of ending past epidemics (Jason McLellan  pictured).  Photograph: Sergio Flores/The New York Times

Thousands of miles from Dr Barney Graham’s lab in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, a frightening new coronavirus had jumped from camels to humans in the Middl(...)

A resident walks through the flooded Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Photographer: Taehoon Kim/Bloomberg

The British Columbia (BC) government said it is limiting the amount of fuel people can purchase at forecourts and restricting non-essential travel as (...)

A view of flooding in the Sumas Prairie area of Abbotsford British Columbia, Canada, on November 17th, 2021. Photograph: Don MacKinnon/ AFP via Getty Images

Canada was still trying to reach 18,000 people stranded on Thursday after floods and mudslides destroyed roads, houses and bridges in what could be th(...)

‘That first hug from the mammies will be the moment we know we’re safe.’ Photograph: iStock

Irish Times readers around the world, from Cambodia to New Zealand, tell us how the holiday season is looking for them ‘It’s been a long an(...)

The World Meteorological Organization’s State of the Global Climate 2021 report will inform Cop26 negotiations over the next fortnight. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Record atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and associated accumulated heat “have propelled the planet into uncharted territory, with far-reachin(...)

Friday, July 23rd: the glow of the fire above our house. Photograph: Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan, who is from Blackrock in Co Dublin, moved to Canada in 1980. For most of that time he has lived in the small British Columbia town(...)

Men gather sheep to take them away from an advancing fire in Mugla, Marmaris district in Turkey.  Photograph: Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

Between severe flooding in Belgium and Germany and extensive wildfires in the western US and Canada, the last six weeks have been a dramatic reminder (...)

Wildfires in the drought-hit western United States and Canada are continuing to scorch vast areas. Photograph:  US Forest Service/AFP via Getty

We are experiencing a summer of weather extremes encapsulating heatwaves, wild fires and intense rainfall followed by flash floods. This has come in(...)

Volunteers hand out water and ice at a homeless facility during a heatwave in Sacramento, California. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Firefighters struggled to contain a fast-moving northern California wildfire under blazing temperatures as another heatwave blanketed the west of the (...)

It is expected to be hot in Ireland next week, but pleasant, while many other parts of the world continue to experience problems with high temperatures. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times.

A heatwave is forecast for the end of next week with potential highs of 27 degrees next weekend. High pressure will build across the week and the te(...)

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