Prof Colin O’Dowd and Dr Jurgita Ovadnevaite of NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The increasing use of solid fuels such as wood chippings and peat products to heat homes is causing “extreme air pollution” in Dublin, scientists at N(...)

Walter Heitler: a former professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

When Éamon de Valera created the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) 75 years ago on this day in 1940, he was accused of doing so as a van(...)

A  view of the skyline of the central business district in Beijing last February. Heavy smog has intermittently  beset the city in recent times.  Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

A Chinese official’s remarks that cooking fumes must share the blame for Beijing’s choking pollution drew ridicule from many microbloggers, who mocked(...)