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UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths (third from right) takes part in a work group  as part of peace consultations taking place at Johannesberg Castle in Rimbo, north of Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Yemen’s warring parties agreed on Wednesday to reopen Sana’a airport in the Houthi-held capital and resume oil and gas exports, sources said, as Weste(...)

Former US vice president Al Gore criticised  the three big oil and gas producing countries including the US as they were ‘at least temporality unwilling to contribute to the progress we need in policy’.  Photograph: Agencja Gazeta/Grzegorz Celejewski/via Reuters

Former US vice president Al Gore arrived at the UN climate change talks on Wednesday to underline the cost of failing to implement joint actions, and (...)

Ireland is a member of the international Power Past Coal alliance, which pledges to stop burning coal for electricity. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

The Government should cancel a 10-year contract won by ESB International to run a new coal-fired electricity power station in the Philippines, environ(...)

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton said the unique challenge was “how to engage people” over a sustained period in responding to climate change. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A Government plan to be published in February will give a clear indication of a scaled-up ambition by Ireland to meet its obligations on tackling clim(...)

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley, who is facing fresh calls to quit amid claims the DUP MP failed to declare another luxury holiday to parliamentary authorities. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ian Paisley jnr is facing fresh calls to resign amid claims the DUP MP failed to declare another luxury holiday to parliamentary authorities. In July(...)

Syrians in Beirut, Lebanon, preparing to return to their homeland. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The UN agency responsible for refugees has predicted that 250,000 Syrians could return to their homeland next year, making a modest but significant re(...)

An environmental activist protests at the venue of the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Photograph:  Agencja Gazeta/Grzegorz Celejewski via Reuters

Ireland is to allocate an additional €4.5 million to international co-operation on climate action, Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton has said(...)

New  report shows  average world temperatures  on course to far exceed  goal set in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Photograph: Matt Alexander/PA

Negotiations at the UN summit in Poland, now entering their final political phase, continue to be dominated by issues around the strictness of a ruleb(...)

Lisbon treaty posters in Dorset Street, Dublin in 2008: initial objections centred on neutrality. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Reports from London and Brussels suggest that the British government will seek guarantees or declarations about the future of the backstop. There ar(...)

Greenpeace activists illuminate the arena complex during the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland. Photograph: Andrzej Grygiel/EPA

It’s time to have a difficult conversation about the lifestyle of wealthy people – those who drive big cars, frequently fly business class and have tw(...)

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