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The researchers warned Antarctica was a “wild card”, with uncertainty over the impact of rising temperatures on melting ice and increasing snowfall on the continent.  Photograph:   Dr Andrew Elvidge/University of East Anglia/PA

Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees this century could halve sea-level rise caused by melting ice sheets and glaciers, scientists have found. The (...)

Members of Inuit Ataqatigiit celebrate following the exit polls in the Greenland election in Nuuk, Greenland, on Tuesday. Photogrph: Emil Helms/EPA

Voters in Greenland have rejected a government that backed a controversial rare earths mining project, handing victory to an opposition left-green par(...)

Wear your mask. Photo: iStock

It is not uncommon for a major event or a significant year to give us new words. D-Day, Watergate (and almost any other word you can think of followed(...)

The Gulf Stream System was relatively stable until the late 19th century. File photograph: Getty

The Gulf Stream in the north Atlantic ocean, which has a considerable effect on Ireland’s climate, is at its weakest in over a millennium. Human-cause(...)

Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll is the first solo climber to make it across Patagonia’s iconic mountain range, the Fitz Roy massif.

The day after Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll turned 40, he stood alone on the summit of Cerro Fitz Roy, the highest mountain in the South American region (...)

A snow plough clears roads in Clonee, Co Meath during the ‘Beast from the East’ in 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson

“Significant” snow and ice is expected over the weekend and into next week as a weather front from Siberia descends on Ireland. The severe weather w(...)

Nothing has so dramatically reconfigured the history of life on Earth as the epic mass extinction events that punctuate the fossil record stretching b(...)

Tim Severin at his home in Timoleague, west Cork in 1999. File photograph: Paddy Whelan

The explorer, writer and film maker, Tim Severin, best known for the Brendan Voyage where he sailed from Ireland to Newfoundland to prove that the 6th(...)

The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation said it would be ‘totally unacceptable’ if the UK was proposing to discuss EU access to pelagic stocks in British waters in ongoing annual negotiations. File photograph: Getty

The UK proposal to strip pelagic fish stocks such as mackerel out of talks on a trade deal with the EU could undermine the viability of Irish fishing,(...)

A ceremony to mark the ‘death’ of the Pizol glacier above Mels, eastern Switzerland. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

The world is “headed for a thundering temperature rise of 3-5 degrees this century”, United Nations secretary general António Guterres has predicted. (...)

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