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The message from Bonn was that more and more countries were ramping up their actions to cut climate pollution, said Friends of the Earth Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Immense damage is being done to Ireland’s international reputation, “especially among developing countries and the more progressive European countries(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron poses for a selfie with volunteers and spectators at  the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn.  Photograph: EPA

The model of the Citizens Assembly should be adopted internationally so politicians and citizens can consider difficult issues on actions to counter c(...)

Sean O’Rourke sounds almost jaunty with a real story on his hands

As storm Ophelia hits on Monday, it’s not just national infrastructure and domestic property that’s laid waste by the lethal winds. Among the collater(...)

Extreme weather events, involving storm surges, flooding and destructive winds, have become part of everyday life – and the situation is likely to worsen. Photgraph: NASA Earth Observatory/ AFP/ Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned of a “national emergency” as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia battered the country yesterday. After years in which succ(...)

Europe’s commitment to the Paris accord on climate change reaches a critical point on Friday with negotiations between member states on the EU’s ‘cornerstone measures’

The Government has been accused of availing of a series of “concessions and loopholes” which will allow Ireland to reduce its commitments to curbing c(...)

Ms  Justice Mary Laffoy   said she expected there would be a thought provoking and robust discussion on how the State can become a leader in tackling climate change.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Citizens’ Assembly meets in Dublin this weekend to discuss how the Government can “make Ireland a leader on climate change”. Its members will be (...)

 Hot topic: Al Gore in a scene from his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”. The film presents the former US vice-president’s case about the dangers of global warming. Photograph: Paramount Classics/Eric Lee/AP

The release in 2006 of the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth was a surprise box office and critical hit, as well as a landmark moment in raising (...)

The alliance of environmental groups has  called for   coal-burning at Moneypoint power station to stop by 2022,  much sooner than is planned. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

The Citizens’ Assembly should call for a referendum to give a constitutional right to environmental protection to the people of Ireland, according to(...)

EU targets: the European Union wants to cut emissions across member states. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Getty

Next week Minister for Climate Action Denis Naughten is expected to launch a “national climate dialogue”, as part of the process of putting together t(...)

Caught in a torrential downpour on Parkgate Street in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

As wind and rain batter Ireland again this weekend, summer 2016 will probably not be remembered by most as anything other than a “run-of-the-mill” Iri(...)

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