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Prof Jennifer McElwain  (right) and Dr Claire Belcher, with plants in a carbon dioxide atmosphere chamber, as part of the programme for experimental atmosphere and climate, at UCD Thornfield.  Photograph: Eric Luke

You are a paleobotanist – what does that mean? “Paleo” means old and “botany” means the scientific study of plants. So I study fossil plants, many (...)

Worldwide, this year is set to be the warmest on record, driven up by man-made greenhouse gas emissions and a powerful El Nino weather event in the Pacific Ocean.

Temperatures around the North Pole came close to melting point on Thursday as a freak blast of warm air blanketed an Arctic region usually deep frozen(...)

Parliament Building, Stormont: Sinn Féin’s policy paper  makes a case for the North to achieve “designated special status” within the European Union. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin will call for the North to be given special status within the European Union which would allow it access to the EU single market and also to(...)

First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon addressing Seanad Éireann in late November. She is good at exuding an air of authority  but everywhere there are logical contortions. Photograph: Maxwell

Somebody at Westminster has a sense of humour or history or quite possibly both: when the Scottish National Party’s new MPs were settling in following(...)

Surfers on Rossnowlagh beach in Co Donegal. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Donegal is the coolest place on the planet, according to National Geographic Traveller. The Irish county tops The Cool List: 17 for 2017, the UK ma(...)

Moroccan and international demonstrators protest on the sidelines of the COP22 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, the United Nations’ weather agency has said. The World Meteorological Organisation sa(...)

John Risher, 106, watches the game and records statistics manually in the press box during a University of Virginia home football game in Charlottesville. Photograph: Lexey Swall/The New York Times

Charlottesville, Virginia. John Risher drove north on Route 29, a briefcase resting in the car’s back seat. Through sunglasses, Risher, who is 106 (...)

The Arctic is heating up faster than anywhere else and the results are plain to see: the ice is melting. Photograph: Cory Glencross/iStock/Getty

It was the target that should not have been reached, the target that must not be reached, yet it has been reached. The relentless advance of climate(...)

The town of Ilulissat in Greenland: the Faroes secured an opt-out from what was then the EEC when Denmark joined in 1973 and Greenland followed by leaving in 1985. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty

There is a little-discussed Danish quirk of the European Union, which goes like this: the Kingdom of Denmark is a member of the EU. Greenland and the (...)

Barbara Fitzpatrick, the first Irish woman to sail through both the Northeast and Northwest passages, with  Contance Difede on the ‘Northabout’. Photograph: Polar Ocean Challenge

An Irish-built yacht which made a record North Pole circumnavigation due to the impact of global warming has berthed in Westport, Co Mayo. The 15-me(...)

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