Glyphosate is cleared for use in the EU until December 2022. Photograph: iStock

Ireland is unlikely to follow Germany and other EU countries in banning use of the weed killer glyphosate– the subject of billion-dollar US lawsuits o(...)

Former environment minister François de Rugy and his wife,  journalist Séverine Servat. Rugy resigned   following revelations by news website Mediapart about sumptuous private dinners paid for by public funds. Photograph: Julien de Rosa/EPA

A pile of giant red lobsters on a silver platter, surrounded by champagne bottles and glittering crystal, destroyed the career of environment minister(...)

Shinjuku Gyoen national garden. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

An attendant at a popular garden in the heart of Tokyo has cost the facility millions of yen because he was “too frightened” to ask foreign visitors t(...)

Outgoing French minister for ecology Nicolas Hulot: “I do not want to give the illusion that my presence in the government signifies we are up to the challenge.” Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron has again been plunged into political crisis, this time by the on-air resignation of the most popular member of his cabinet,(...)

 Traffic signs which ban diesel cars are installed by workers at the Max-Brauer Allee in downtown Hamburg.Photograph: Reuters

Hamburg will make history on Thursday as it imposes the first inner-city ban on trucks and older diesel cars, to improve air quality in Germany’s seco(...)

Ségolène Royal  and Switzerland’s Bertrand Piccard. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

When an English-speaking politician loses an election, he or she usually leaves public life. Not in France, where politicians appear to be indestructi(...)

Special forces from the Capital Defense Command take part in a military drill in Seoul, South Korea . Photograph: Seo Myung-Gon/Yonhap/via Reuters

The US ambassador to the United Nations has said North Korea is “begging for war” by testing a nuclear weapon over the weekend. In response, Nikki H(...)

A South Korean official watches television news channels showing North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un yesterday. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

China expressed outrage over North Korea’s sixth nuclear test after a nuclear explosion caused a tremor in northern China and raised the prospect of t(...)

A Portable Emissions Measurement System device  attached to the exhaust pipe of a car.  VW, Daimler and BMW have agreed software updates to improve emissions but refused to consider costlier retrofits for their cars. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s environment minister has warned that software updates alone will not be enough to avoid inner-city diesel bans as early as next year. Three(...)

The German environment ministry has decided to become the first government agency to take meat and fish off the menu at official functions. Photograph: Getty Images

Politicians and policy buffs were forced to do a double take when they stormed the buffet at the German government’s symposium on “exporting green tec(...)

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