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In 2018 global carbon dioxide emissions grew 2 per cent, reaching a record high. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

All new revenues raised by new or increased carbon taxes in Ireland will be ringfenced to pay for coping with climate action and helping the poor to d(...)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at the party’s annual conference in Brighton, on Sunday.   Photograph: Daniel  Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing a revolt over Brexit at his party’s annual conference in Brighton amid growing pressure on Labour (...)

Mary Robinson: Continuing rises in global emissions means widespread subsidies for fossil fuels ‘must stop’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The fossil fuel industry will not change its ways and move to contribute to ending the global climate change threat until it is forced to do so, accor(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (R) and British prime minister Boris Johnson deliver a joint press conference at the Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland. File Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due to meet UK prime minister Boris Johnson to discuss Brexit on Sunday in New York for the annual General Assembly where wo(...)

Ireland is competing with Norway and Canada for two of the rotating seats on the 15-member UN Security Council. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

All eyes will turn to New York next week as world leaders descend on the city for the United Nations General Assembly. This year the focus is on clim(...)

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty

US president Donald Trump dismissed a deepening whistleblower controversy involving a phone call with a foreign leader as “ridiculous”, branding the s(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said ‘everybody is trying to find a way forward that works for both sides but the negotiations take place in Brussels’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland is not attempting to make a bi-lateral deal on Brexit with the UK, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney has said. Mr Cove(...)

President Michael D Higgins with  Irish Times Environment and Science Editor  Kevin O’Sullivan. Mr Higgins said humans were threatening the future of the planet, driven  by greed, capitalism and an acceptance of inequality

Everything is connected, believes Michael D Higgins. The world currently faces three crises – ecological, economic and social. Each are linked, but no(...)

US president Donald Trump’s announcement will heap further pressure on a country which has been struggling economically. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

The United States is to impose new economic sanctions on Iran, significantly increasing economic pressure on the country. “I have just instructed the (...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo departed Washington on Tuesday night for Saudi Arabia in the wake of weekend attacks on oil facilities that have esc(...)

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