Inger Andersen, executive director of UNEP: ‘Fast and ambitious methane mitigation is one of the best strategies available today to deliver immediate and long-lasting multiple benefits for climate, agriculture, human and ecosystem health.’ Photograph: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Swift action to cut methane, a greenhouse gas (GHG), would rapidly reduce the rate of global warming while boosting health and food production, a UN r(...)

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Those of us still wearing our pyjamas will not be surprised to hear that 2020 wasn’t the best year for fast fashion. According to the UN Environment P(...)

Ireland is the fourth highest per-capita emitter of methane from agriculture in the world, and emissions are 15%  higher since 2011. Photograph: Getty Images

Ag Climatise, the latest climate strategy unveiled by the Department of Agriculture, is not fit for purpose and not in line with the programme for gov(...)

UN secretary general António Guterres during a video meeting with European Council president Charles Michel this week.  Photograph: EPA

Five years after the world agreed to limit global warming to “well below 2 degrees”, 70 world leaders, including Taoiseach Micheál Martin, will on Sat(...)

A fire rages in Bobin, 350km north of Sydney, Australia, in November 2019. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images

The world is still heading for a temperature rise in excess of 3 degrees this century despite a dip in carbon emissions caused by the Covid-19 pandem(...)

A ceremony to mark the ‘death’ of the Pizol glacier above Mels, eastern Switzerland. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

The world is “headed for a thundering temperature rise of 3-5 degrees this century”, United Nations secretary general António Guterres has predicted. (...)

The Amazon rainforest on fire near  a  highway in Para state, Brazil. Photograph:  Nelson Almeida/AFP via Getty Images

The year is 2035; location is The Hague in the Netherlands. Disgraced former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro (80) is scheduled to appear before th(...)

Scientists, climate campaigners and most Greens insist in that context livestock numbers must be reduced after years of sustained expansion. Photograph: Getty Images

Among the most problematic issues in talks on forming a new government were inevitably going to be around climate action; measures to decarbonise the (...)

Part of Rossbeigh strand in Co Kerry, where seagrass is severely depleted. Photograph: Coastwatch Kerry

As estimated 7 per cent of seagrass habitat is being lost worldwide each year, according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report, which warns the (...)

‘A separate reduction target for methane could be a good idea.’ Photograph: EPA/Robert Perry

The Green Party has sought a commitment of a 7 per cent reduction in carbon emissions annually as a precondition for entering talks on government form(...)

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