Peter Thorne

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Holstein cows: Everybody needs to think carefully about their diets, experts say. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters

The world cannot avoid the worst impacts of climate change without radically changing how it produces food, the UN has warned in its latest assessment(...)

March for Climate Change: students on their way to Leinster House on March 15th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Political discourse in the State is mostly predictable but it can spring big surprises, sometimes from unexpected quarters. On March 15th, children a(...)

People are escorted to safety by aid workers at the airport of the coastal city of Beira in central Mozambique on March 19th after the area was hit by the Cyclone Idai. Photograph: Adrien Barbier/AFP/Getty

Cyclone Idai emerged out of the Indian Ocean. It hit land over Mozambique, and from there caused destruction over vast areas as it tracked over neigh(...)

Delegates at the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, last week.  Photograph: Marek Zimny/EPA

Scientists warning about the dangers of climate change are creating a sense of “planetary emergency without giving rigorous scientific reasons”, a wel(...)

From right to left: Dr Pierre Marie Aubert, co-ordinator of the European Agriculture Initiative, Prof Valerie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of UN Working Group 1 for the IPCC report, Georgina Teslary, Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore, Elaine Nevin, Eco-UNesco’s national director, Edward Tierney, DFEI Dun Laoghaire, and Prof Peter Thorne, director of Icarus at the  Royal Irish Academy.   Photograph: Jenny Barker

Kevin O’Sullivan Environment & Science Editor Ireland’s current commitments on climate change fall far short of what is required if global warmi(...)

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 latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel osaid eminds us that greenhouse gas emissions caused by industrialisation have already warmed the planet by one degree. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Confirmation that there is not even a modest increase in carbon tax in Budget 2019 is shocking, given Ireland’s track record in tackling climate chang(...)

Smoke billows on the horizon from coal-powered plants in Hambach, Germany. Photograph: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

The immediate consequences of climate change are worse than previously thought, according to the world’s leading climatologists. Their warning of hei(...)

Dr Hoesung Lee, chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spoke at a conference on Thursday in Trinity College Dublin to mark the panel’s 30th anniversary. File Photograph: Alan Betson

The world’s leading expert body on climate change, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will concentrate future efforts on providi(...)

Cooling off near Killiney Beach during the heatwave earlier this summer. Below-average rainfall levels have been forecast for August and September. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin is experiencing its worst drought since records began in 1850, and scientists at Maynooth University are warning that “we are potentially far f(...)

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