John Sweeney

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Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton has come under sustained attack for the Government’s climate policies from two youth climate activists at (...)

 Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and now head of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, speaking at Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Andrew Downes/xposure

Former president Mary Robinson has outlined three steps people can take to alter the direction of climate change. She was speaking at the Galway Inte(...)

A tourist uses an umbrella to protect herself from sunshine in Toledo, Spain. Photograph: Angeles Visdomine

Extreme heatwaves causing risk to life, such as those under way in Europe, will become more frequent as the effects of climate change gather pace this(...)

The Irish baby born today: the First World problem of ‘where will I go on my holidays?’ may be replaced by ‘where is my next meal coming from?’ Photograph: Getty

A new report depicts an ever-depleting natural world, with huge implications for the coming generation. What will their lives be like? Life-supp(...)

Pintails, a species of dabbling duck. Photograph: Colum Clarke

The number of waterbirds wintering in Ireland has declined 15 per cent over the past five years and by 40 per cent since the mid-1990s, a study publis(...)

 Travelling in style at the Hill of Tara Co Meath during the snowfall associated with Storm Emma and The Beast from the East in February. File photograph: Alan Betson

It was the best of years and the worst of years. It was the hottest and coldest of years, the wettest and the driest, the calmest and the most turbule(...)

 The UN summit in Katowice, Poland, signed off on a climate action  rulebook that will come into force in 2020. Photograph: Karolina Jonderko/The New York Times

Scientists have warned that a new plan to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and cutting carbon emissions across the world is not suffici(...)

Steam rising from the cooling towers of a coal-fired thermal power plant in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photograph: Fehim Demir/EPA

The UN climate talks have received a much-needed injection as they enter their final hours, with an alliance of 27 countries promising to step up effo(...)

Laughing all the way to the apocalypse: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Denis Naughten, who resigned as minister for climate action this week. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Without a co-ordinated global response, unprecedented in history, in as little as 12 years “several hundred million” lives will be immediately threate(...)

The EU has adopted demanding new directives on renewable energy. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland will have to stop making “aspirational pledges” on how it is going to achieve reductions in carbon emissions and adopt renewable energy, accor(...)

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