Catherine Cleary with some of her plastic-free purchases. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There is a muscle memory for opening the lid on a glass milk bottle. You press down with your thumb firmly enough to dimple the foil but gently enough(...)

A scene from BBC’s “Blue Planet”. The merged wildlife streaming service will be owned by Discovery, with the BBC licensing its entire library of natural history programming, including those presented by David Attenborough

The BBC and Discovery, the US media group, have struck a deal to pool their vast natural history and wildlife programming libraries in a new global su(...)

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It   is extraordinarily dense and only accessible on foot

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Professor Brian Cox: “Most scientists who really think about their field need it to be simple so that they can understand it. For me, understanding something is a process of simplifying it.” File photograph: Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for Phil McIntyre Entertainment

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 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  in the Congress Hall during the 49th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph:  EPA/Gian Ehrenzeller

As US president Donald Trump and senior White House officials stayed away from the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week due to a partial government sh(...)

Capitalism is “a wild beast”: U2 frontman Bono takes centre stage in a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP

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Prince William and David Attenborough at a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP

Donald Trump, the biggest attraction at the 2018 Davos jamboree, resorted to a satellite link-up and his favourite social media platform to keep in to(...)

Sophie Kelly, Rachelle Biayi and Karl Fitzpatrick, from Pobalscoil Neasáin, Baldoyle, Dublin at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Dublin Dance Festival, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas Danst Rosas, Photograph:  Anne Van Aerschot

Dreaming in Blue Until February 14th Harry Clarke’s dreamy The Eve of Saint Agnes is at the Hugh Lane in Dublin, but you can see his wonderful waterco(...)

Michal Kurtyka (second from right), the Polish official who chaired the COP24 summit,  announcing the agreement in Katowice, Poland with the  heads of  delegations. Photograph:AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski

A total of 195 countries, signatories to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, have agreed a common rulebook for implementing the pact from (...)

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