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The UN Environment Programme found countries are currently planning to produce more than double the amount of coal, oil and gas consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. Photograph: iStock

There is a viable pathway to building a global energy sector with net-zero emissions by 2050, but “it is narrow and requires an unprecedented transfor(...)

While many countries have already begun transitioning to electric cars, 1.2 billion new vehicles will hit the road in coming decades, and many of these will use fossil fuels.  Photograph: iStock

The United Nations hosted an online “celebration” on Monday to mark the end of leaded petrol, predicting its elimination across the planet would preve(...)

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(...)

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(...)

AIB wants green lending to account for 70 per cent of new customer lending by 2030

AIB has set a deadline for achieving net-zero carbon emissions in its own operations by 2030 and wants green lending to account for 70 per cent of new(...)

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 sculpture  in memory of those who drowned off the Aran island of Inis Oírr.  Photograph: Paddy Crowe

The Aran island of Inis Oírr may be one tiny island lying off a small island on the western edge of Europe, but it hopes to make a “big impress(...)