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UN Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres: insists  last week’s six-day meeting delivered “fresh clarity”. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The world’s governments are running out of time to conclude an effective international agreement on climate change by the end of next year, following(...)

Tony Mangan enjoying a rest on his red couch

Friday afternoon, driving down the N11, trying to find the man who has run around the world. Because if Tony Mangan is for real he must be at least se(...)

Flooded properties on the Somerset Levels near Bridgwater, UK, earlier this year.   Mark Kenber, of the Climate Group, said the 40 per cent cut in emissions agreed yesterday was “not enough to put the EU on a path to net zero emissions by mid-century”. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

EU environment ministers are to begin the process of deciding how to ”share the burden” among member states of implementing Europe’s pledge to cut its(...)

Christiana Figueres   of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Bonn   “will give governments the important opportunity to further develop a cohesive text” for  a deal. Photograph: Henning Kaiser /AFP/Getty Images

Delegates from all parts of the world have gathered in Bonn for the last round of negotiations on a new climate agreement prior to this year’s UN c(...)

Viva is understood to be eyeing opportunities in Costa Rica, Peru and Ecuador

Viva, the airline brand backed by the family of the late Tony Ryan is embarking on a major expansion drive in Central and South America. The group, w(...)

Gebremedhin Woldegiorgis, senior potato researcher at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, and Denis Griffen, potato breeder at Teagas, inspect potato plants at the Teagasc Research Centre in Oakpark, Carlow. photograph: dylan vaughan

The hills of Chencha in southern Ethiopia, over 2,700m above sea level, are not a place where you might expect the Irish potato to be thriving undergr(...)

 Peruvian special forces take up a defensive position  during the detonation of a landing strip used by drug trafficking aircrafts near the Ene river in Pangoa district, Ayacucho. Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters

Peru destroyed more than 37 makeshift runways in the Amazon this week, part of bid to stop a growing number of small planes from smuggling cocaine out(...)

A truck damaged under a collapsed carport after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area, in Napa, California, USA, yesterday. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/EPA

Authorities in California’s wine country north of San Francisco were scrambling late last night to reach damaged buildings and restore power in the to(...)

Vladimir Putin: No doubt it’s an oversimplification to say that the confrontation in Ukraine is all about shoring up an authoritarian regime that is stumbling on other fronts. But there’s surely some truth to that story.

A century has passed since the start of the first World War, which many people at the time declared was “the war to end all wars”.Unfortunately wars j(...)

Fossil fueled: Kristin Donnan Standard, Peter Larson and Dinosaur 13 director Todd Douglas Miller

Never mind those super-beings in leotards or those cars that turn into robots, the most admirable movie hero of the summer might just be a softly s(...)

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