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German chancellor Angela Merkel gets out of a transparent display showing autonomous vehicle components at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Sunday afternoon wasn’t the finest – or greenest – hour of Angela Merkel’s career as Germany’s sometime Klimakanzlerin, or climate chancellor. Two da(...)

Greta Thunberg and 15 other children have filed a complaint with the UN alleging five of the world’s major economies have violated their human rights. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty

UN secretary general António Guterres has declared the first global summit on climate action a success in generating better momentum to meet the criti(...)

Activist Greta Thunberg  at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations on Monday.  Photograph:  Stephanie Keith/Getty

Donald Trump appears to have taken a swipe at teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, tweeting a video of an emotional Thunberg with an apparently sa(...)

Leo Varadkar speaks during the Climate Action Summit 2019 in the United Nations General Assembly Hall. Photograph: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Good morning. For the second week in a row, Leinster House - just back from its summer recess - will play second fiddle to another theatre of Irish (...)

Providence Resources rig off the coast of Cork: millions have been sunk into oil exploration with little  commercial return. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Leo Varadkar’s pledge in New York on Monday to phase out oil exploration deserves closer inspection. For a start, gas exploration, which involves simi(...)

Climate activist Greta Thunberg at the UN climate action summit in New York: Scolded leaders for robbing young people of a future  . Photograph: Johannes Eisele/Getty

Ireland’s decision to end fossil fuel exploration which was announced by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the UN climate summit means the Republic is among t(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York on Monday. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

The move announced by the Taoiseach to ringfence future carbon tax revenues to directly fund climate actions and to support those worst affected by ri(...)

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar at the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York: “By 2030, we will have prohibited the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles.” Photograph: Justin Lane

Ireland will pursue a policy of ending fossil fuel exploration on foot of scientific advice about its climate impact, the Taoiseach has announced – th(...)

 The opening of the special United Nations climate summit in New York attended by more that 100 global leaders. photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

The climate emergency “is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win”, the UN general secretary Antonio Guterres said at the opening of the spe(...)

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (16) speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is usually a brilliant deliverer of her message: cold and clinical with the ability to stop au(...)

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