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US climate envoy John Kerry believes COP26 is ‘the last best chance to get real’ in avoiding climate catastrophe. File photograph: Stephane Mahe/AFP via Getty Images

Ahead of COP26 next November, the Dublin Climate Declaration will be issued. Delegates from the UN, international leaders in politics and(...)

Climate change activist, Saoi O’Connor (16): ‘No amount of COPs will change this, because the people who hold the power in those negotiations do not want it to change.’ Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Climate change experts and campaigners, including participants in the Dublin Climate Dialogues, were asked what their COP26 expectations are, and w(...)

An aerial view of Bill Gates’s estate on Lake Washington  in Seattle, US. Photograph: Dan Callister/Newsmakers

As experts in philanthropy, finance, technology and global health scramble to predict what the divorce of Melinda and Bill Gates could mean for their (...)

John Kerry, US climate envoy. File photograph: Stefani Reynolds/EPA/Pool

US climate envoy John Kerry is to participate in the Dublin Climate Dialogues next week. The initiative is an attempt to scale-up global ambition in a(...)

Salvage teams working to retrieve debris from the wreckage of Air France flight 447 off the coast of Brazil in 2009. Photograph: Forca Aerea Brasileira via Bloomberg News

Air France and Airbus should stand trial for involuntary manslaughter over their role in the 2009 Paris-Rio de Janeiro that killed 228 people includin(...)

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng closed more than 2 per cent lower and Japan’s Nikkei 225 ended the Tokyo trading session down more than 3 per cent.

Wall Street stocks joined a global equities slide, with technology shares sustaining the biggest blows over concerns that rising inflation will prompt(...)

 Austin Clarke: The 125th anniversary of the birth of the poet. Photograph: Jack McManus

‘And O she was the Sunday/in every week”. Who now remembers the poet who wrote those lines used in a long-running Bord na Móna TV ad campaign? The 125(...)

The number of drugs crimes in 2020 were at Celtic Tiger-era levels. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Last September, armed gardaí charged with tackling Ireland’s drugs criminals searched properties 200km apart in Mountmellick, Co Laois, and the tiny v(...)

The wind farm at Bruckana on the Laois, Kilkenny and Tipperary borders. For Ireland, electricity was the one area where we made major progress in reducing emissions. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

In advance of this autumn’s global climate conference in Glasgow, major world players have announced new, more far-ranging commitments to reduce green(...)

Pharma stocks slipped on Wall Street after US president Joe Biden backed intellectual property waivers for vaccines. Photograph: Angela Weiss / AFP

The major European indices closed slightly higher on Thursday, as Belgian brewing giant AB Inbev and several euro zone banks reported strong earnings,(...)

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