Climate activists outside the supreme court of the Netherlands in  The Hague on Friday ahead of a ruling in the landmark Urgenda case. Photograph: Mike Corder/AP

The supreme court in the Netherlands has upheld a decision that the Dutch government must take urgent climate action to protect the fundamental rights(...)

 Jennifer Morgan (centre) executive director of Greenpeace International, talks to reporters  on the last day of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid. Photograph: EPA

Climate activists and environmental NGOs have expressed dismay at the weak outcome at the UN climate talks. After two weeks of talks all countries a(...)

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland takes part in a Climate Action dialogue at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25. Photograph: Cristina Quicler / AFP

UN secretary general António Guterres called on the world’s major economies on Wednesday to signal more ambitious commitments to cut greenhouse emissi(...)

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 (...)

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and UN climate secretary Patricia Espinosa at  COP24. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Rueters

Negotiators at the climate talks in Katowice are closer to completing and strengthening the rules for making the landmark Paris agreement operational.(...)

Former US vice president Al Gore criticised  the three big oil and gas producing countries including the US as they were ‘at least temporality unwilling to contribute to the progress we need in policy’.  Photograph: Agencja Gazeta/Grzegorz Celejewski/via Reuters

Former US vice president Al Gore arrived at the UN climate change talks on Wednesday to underline the cost of failing to implement joint actions, and (...)

The world has a little over a decade to bring down greenhouse gas emissions before  dangerous levels of warming become inevitable.  Photograph: Getty Images

Countries are failing to take the action needed to stave off the worst effects of climate change, a UN report has found, and the commitments made in t(...)

President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama:  hailed the agreement as a critical step in bringing the Paris accord into force worldwide. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

The United States and China, the world’s biggest polluters and its two largest economies, formally ratified the Paris climate change agreement at the(...)

President Vladimir Putin of Russia, second from left, speaks to  US secretary of state John Kerry, right, at the UN climate change conference in Paris. Photograph: New York Times

US president Barack Obama has told crucial climate change talks in Paris the negotiations represent an act of defiance after the attacks in t(...)