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A firefighter during nighttime firefighting operations at the Bootleg Fire, near Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photograph: US Forest Service/AFP via Getty Images

Holy smokes. It feels like we are living through the first vertiginous 15 minutes of a disaster movie, maybe one called The Day After Tomorrow was Yes(...)

Carissa Moore of Team United States during a practice session at Tsurigaskai Surfing Beach on Thursday, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

CARISSA MOORE Age: 28 Event: Surfing Country: United States Olympic Medals: 0 Surfing is among the four sports making their Olympic debuts in Tokyo –(...)

 Chancellor Angela Merkel after visiting the flood-ravaged towns in western Germany.  Many see the floods as an appropriate, tragic symbol of Merkel’s mixed climate record. Photograph:  Christof Stache /  AFP via Getty

Exactly 100 years ago in Frankfurt, the 30 year-old inventor Max Braun founded an electronics company that conquered the world. With stylish, function(...)

When the rains stop reservoirs run dry, water shortages loom, while forest fires are more likely to happen. File photograph: Getty

The impact of the July heat wave began to ramp up this week. By Tuesday, Irish Water had issued conservation appeals to three counties: north Dublin; (...)

In an essay last August, Bill Gates estimated that by 2060, global warming could be just as deadly as coronavirus, and by 2100 it could be five times as lethal. File photograph: Getty

If the Covid-19 pandemic is a dress rehearsal for the larger catastrophe on the horizon – the planet’s irreversible overheating – then it has exposed (...)

Climate will soon become the taken-for-granted context of all news reporting. File photograph: Getty

Why don’t media reports of extreme or unusual weather mention the role of climate change? This question has been asked, in increasingly scathing terms(...)

‘Dingle was great before Fungie and it is great after Fungie.’ File photograph: Ronan Quinlan

For the first summer in four decades Dingle is without Fungie, the bottlenose dolphin that generated international headlines for the west Kerry villag(...)

Vodafone Group reported a better-than-expected 3.3 per cent rise in first-quarter service revenue

Service revenues at Vodafone Ireland rose 2.1 per cent in the first quarter to €198.8 million versus the same three months a year earlier, the company(...)

Forecasts that electricity demand will continue growing have increased the focus on the pressures faced by the Republic’s supply network.

Two electricity plants whose shutdown added to a squeeze on energy supplies last winter could restart generating later this year. Surging electricity(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: “I am sufficiently equipped with a scientific mind to see that the objective circumstances require that we cannot continue at this pace, but must speed up.”  Photograph:  Hannibal Hanschke

Angela Merkel may have just weeks left in office but any farewell talk in Berlin is verboten amid the fallout of last week’s catastrophic floods and e(...)

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