“Despite all of this unequivocal evidence supporting ambitious climate action, Ireland’s performance in meeting the goals of the Paris agreement and EU directives has been dismal”

The stark findings of the UN “1.5 degrees” report on global warming “heralds the end of the fossil fuel era”, according to climate justice campaigner (...)

Participants at the opening ceremony of the 15th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), being held at UN Headquarters in New York, May 2016. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Off Baffin Island in Canada, summer sea ice melts to an unprecedented low and Inuit hunters fear stepping on the ice pack. On Kiribati, an island repu(...)

 Head of Unesco Irina Bokova   and Bulgarian EU commissioner Kristalina Georgieva  who has replaced Ms Bokova as the country’s candidate to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary general of the United Nations. Photograph: Kena Betancur,Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The race to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary general of the United Nations took a fresh turn on Wednesday as Bulgaria nominated European Union commiss(...)

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres has cemented his front-runner status to head the UN. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres has cemented his position as front runner to become the next UN secretary general after the latest s(...)

The decision on Ban Ki-moon’s  successor is expected to be made by the end of September. Photograph: Getty Images

Of global figureheads, perhaps only the pope or the president of China is selected in as mysterious a manner as the secretary general of the United Na(...)

Another milestone in the international response to global warming was marked in New York yesterday when representatives of countries from all over the(...)

Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali al-Naimi: rejects distinction “between clean and dirty fuels”. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been cast as the villain of the COP21 UN climate conference. “Saudi Arabia is braking on every important subject,” sa(...)

 Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly says a binding agreement on 1.5 degree target would be very difficult to achieve politically. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly says expectations of a deal at the UN climate change conference must be “realistic”, suggesting that a more am(...)

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the range of initiatives to combat climate change - from new technology, to conservations, to behaviour change - were brilliant but needed to be implemented swiftly. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images.

Many impressive responses to climate change have emerged in recent years but they need to be deployed immediately to avoid the rapid rise of world tem(...)

A replica of the Eiffel Tower made out of recycled chairs at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Every day this week, as commuters poured into central Paris, I joined the thousands trekking out to the Le Bourget banlieue for COP21, the UN climate (...)

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