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 Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan (left) at  the site of a fire in Wicklow Mountains National Park last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A plan to transform the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) with substantially increased resources to help arrest species loss and habitat de(...)

Rescuers search the site of Monday’s plane crash in Tengxian county, southern China’s Guangxi region. Photograph: Lu Boan/Xinhua via AP

Chinese authorities have officially confirmed there were no survivors in the crash of a China Eastern Boeing 737-800 earlier this week with 132 people(...)

Rescuers head to the site of a plane crash in Tengxian county, Wuzhou city, in China’s southern Guangxi region on Tuesday. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

China’s state broadcaster has said no survivors have been found in the wreckage of a plane that crashed with 132 people on board. The China Eastern p(...)

Crucial issues – like funding conservation in poorer countries and committing to biodiversity-friendly supply chains – have been left to a meeting of the parties to COP15 next year. Photograph: iStock

More than 100 countries including Ireland have adopted the Kunming Declaration which calls for “urgent and integrated action” in tackling the world’s (...)

A Wild Card campaign petition, signed by 100,000, is delivered to Buckingham Palace, London, calling on the royal family to rewild their estates. Photograph: PA

Countries throughout the world must invest much more and raise the scale and speed of its commitments to protect nature and prevent accelerating speci(...)

China’s famous herd of wandering elephants stops for a rest after a 15-month journey far out of their natural habitat. Photograph:  China Central Television/AFP via Getty

A roaming herd of 15 wild elephants is on the move again after resting for a day in a patch of forest on the outskirts of the city of Kunming in south(...)

Women wearing masks  in the Mall of Dubai on  Tuesday. The shopping centre has been reopened as part of moves in the Gulf emirate to ease lockdown restrictions imposed last month to prevent the spread of  Covid-19. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images

As some countries begin to lift restrictions and emerge from lockdown, we invited readers around the world to tell us about their experiences this wee(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson and Sir David Attenborough at February’s launch of the next COP26 UN Climate Summit at the Science Museum, London.  Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/PA Wire

A UN climate summit that had been due to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, officials (...)

A statue of Mao shaking hands with a Uighur villager in Hotan, southwestern Xinjiang, China. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/New York Times

Visiting Urumqi recently, the capital of the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang, you somehow had the feeling you were never alone. Whenever I l(...)

About 80.4 per cent of HIV/Aids patients in China had received anti-virus treatment as of the end of last year. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

The number of people living with HIV and Aids in China has jumped by 14 per cent this year, health authorities reported, with more than 820,000 people(...)

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