“Any world leaders who thought they could hit the snooze button have been given a final wake-up call.” Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

Increasing coal, oil and gas use are pushing global carbon emissions to an all-time high, climate scientists have told the UN climate talks in Katowic(...)

Among the targets are achieving 32 per cent use of renewable energy sources and meeting a 32 per cent target in energy efficiency. File photograph: PA

While Ireland is unlikely to meet EU decarbonisation and renewable energy targets for 2020, “an ambitious, but realistic, climate and energy roadmap” (...)

When the Government last year issued its overdue National Mitigation Plan (NMP) to cut emissions and adopt renewable energy, it was billed as the main(...)

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten defended the Government’s commitment to tackling climate change. File photograph:  Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Ministers in charge of climate action in seven EU countries have called for a more ambitious strategy to counter global warming in response to “alarmi(...)

The Climate Change Advisory Council says Ireland has the third highest emissions per capita for residential energy use in the EU

Ireland is not on track to meet its 2020 commitments to reduce carbon emissions, and will struggle to decarbonise its economy by 2050, the Climate Cha(...)

New measures should include a substantial increase in the carbon tax, and a phasing out of coal and peat for both residential heating and power generation. Photograph: Getty

Ireland is not on track to meet its 2020 targets or to decarbonise its economy by 2050, according to the Climate Change Advisory Council. In additio(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described the National Mitigation Plan on climate change as ‘a first step’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In the world of politics and economics, there’s always a deal to be cut and a compromise to be reached. The real world, governed by the iron laws of p(...)

Cattle are a significant source of green house gas. “Every euro we will now spend purchasing compliance, which displaces productive investment from our economy to other economies and which could be useful to us in achieving our 2030 targets, is a result of the decisions taken in 2009.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Climate change is the greatest global challenge for this and future generations. Each one of us has a role to play in meeting it head on if we are to (...)