‘However big or small a threat that Omicron turns out to be, it appears vaccine hesitancy is a problem everywhere.’ Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

On first hearing about the Omicron variant, I assumed that it had emerged because of the wealthier countries’ refusal to share adequate quantities of (...)

Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan will shortly bring an amended version of the Climate Action Bill before the Dail which will establish a legally binding 2050 target for zero emissions and introduce a requirement for the government to adopt a series of three economy-wide carbon budgets. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Green Party conference last weekend passed off without incident and it appears that, for now at least, it has left behind the discord and division(...)

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and executive vice-president for digital affairs Margrethe Vestager led the presentation of the AI and data initiatives in Brussels. Photograph: AFP

The European Union is seeking to attract over €20 billion in investment in artificial intelligence per year over the next decade, as it looks to catch(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen:  “The Finnish proposal is not enough. I am concerned at the severe cuts in this proposal compared to the commission proposal.” Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The ambitious strategic objectives for the EU already agreed by its leaders would be threatened unless they committed to come up with the cash to impl(...)

Frans Timmermans is tasked by EU Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen to develop a “European green deal” over the next five years. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie LeCocq

The new European Commission is encountering big difficulties in securing member state agreement on scaling up 2030 targets to reduce carbon emissions (...)