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As usual at the UN general assembly, the most significant moments will occur not in the cavernous chamber itself, where leaders will deliver scripted remarks to a sparse audience, but in the hundreds of sideline meetings and chance encounters where the real business is often done. Photograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

The United Nations has faced many challenges since its foundation in 1945, but never have so many of its most powerful members set themselves so force(...)

Activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations in New York on Monday. Photograph; Stephanie Keith/Gett

This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare (...)

 Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit  at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Photograph: Timothy Clary/Getty Images

Greta Thunberg told world leaders at the opening of a United Nations climate conference on Monday that they had stolen her childhood with “empty words(...)

Ireland is to phase out oil exploration off coast.

The Government is to phase out oil exploration off the coast of Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced. Speaking ahead of Monday’s climate sum(...)

Traffic congestion on the M50 in Dublin. Countries have been urged to do more to curb emissions levels. Photograph: Alan Betson

Climate change is accelerating, with carbon dioxide levels increasing, sea levels rising and ice sheets melting faster than ever, experts have warned.(...)

In 2018 global carbon dioxide emissions grew 2 per cent, reaching a record high. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

All new revenues raised by new or increased carbon taxes in Ireland will be ringfenced to pay for coping with climate action and helping the poor to d(...)

Melting glaciers are a clear sign of climat change and global warming. The rise in global energy consumption each year is still larger than new supplies of green energy

More fossil fuels are being used every year, despite all of the efforts to increase renewable energy supplies, a major report to be presented to the U(...)

Mary Robinson: Continuing rises in global emissions means widespread subsidies for fossil fuels ‘must stop’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The fossil fuel industry will not change its ways and move to contribute to ending the global climate change threat until it is forced to do so, accor(...)

The  Lough Ree electricity power plant was closed after the Environmental Protection Agency said it would prosecute the ESB for discharging hot water into the Shannon.

The ESB is to reopen its Lough Ree electricity power plant in Longford, which was closed for environmental reasons three months ago. The peat-powered(...)

The world is losing a race against climate change but young people have brought about a welcome change in momentum, the United Nations general secretary Antonio Guterres declared at the UN’s first youth climate summit. Photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images

The world is losing a race against climate change but young people have brought about a welcome change in momentum, the United Nations general secreta(...)

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