The UK estimates its electricity needs will be two to three times what they are now by 2050. Photograph: Reuters

Countries may need two to three times the amount of electricity they use to fully decarbonise their economies, a leading climate expert has said. Pro(...)

European Central Bank’s chief economist Philip Lane.

A disorderly or incomplete transition to net zero carbon emissions poses a major risk to the global financial system, European Central Bank (ECB) chie(...)

Meanwhile, over in Glasgow, Irish musicians are having their moment in the cold sun, and if Galway’s Laura Kelly has anything to do with it that momen(...)

Friends and colleagues Melisha Squire and Lesley Blues in the centre of Edinburgh stop for a chilly lunch break in the centre of Edinburgh. Photograph: Freya McClements

There was, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote last week, “no single sentence that has made me happier to utter in nine long months than t(...)

A man carrying a Christmas tree walks past a mural depicting a Saltire design in Leith, Edinburgh on St Andrew’s Day. Support for independence has increased to 54 or 55 per cent. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

In Edinburgh, the silence is everywhere, in empty restaurants and deserted train stations, with people walking quickly by, heads down, and masks on. W(...)

Health officials screen residents of the Koliwada neighbourhood of Mumbai, India. Photograph: Atul Loke/The New York Times

We’ve known from the beginning how the end will arrive. Eventually, coronavirus will be unable to find enough susceptible hosts to survive, fading out(...)

The company expects to invest £500 million per year by 2021 to develop purpose-built student accommodation in the UK and Ireland. Photograph: iStock

US-based CA Ventures is to invest millions of euro in developing student accommodation in Ireland, with plans for more than 500 beds in Dublin and Bel(...)

More than £200m could be lost from the food and drink sector in Northern Ireland over the next 15 years in a hard Brexit scenario, according to new research commissioned by the North’s Department for the Economy.  Photograph: Getty Images

More than £200m could be lost from the food and drink sector in Northern Ireland over the next 15 years in a hard Brexit scenario, according to new re(...)

 Welsh flag: the political landscape has changed irrevocably since 2009, creating room for a more defined and closer relationship between Dublin and Cardiff. Photograph: Thinkstock

Nearly 10 years ago, the then Welsh first minister, Rhodri Morgan, described the decision of the Government to close the Irish Consulate in Cardiff as(...)

An exit poll predicting that the Conservatives  would not win a majority is projected on to  BBC Broadcasting House in London on Thursday night.  The news that everybody (bar YouGov) had been madly wrong suited broadcasters very nicely. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

There was an unexpected result at the UK general election. Everybody thought there’d be a landslide for the old order, but a fresh, more flexible opti(...)

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