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East coast of Greenland: higher temperatures might mean more wintertime freezes with Arctic air pouring over Ireland

The notion of being careful about what you wish for certainly holds true when one looks at how our climate will alter due to climate change. While we (...)

The east coast of Greenland, where melting ice sheets meet the sea. The difficulties of being able to predict changes in the Arctic permafrost, ice sheet melting and ocean warming were discussed yesterday on the closing day of the British Science Festival. Photograph: Andrew Testa/the New York Times

The threat posed by the thawing Arctic permafrost will for the first time be predicted when the next international climate change report is published (...)

A swimmer emerges from the sea at Sandycove, south Dublin, during last month’s heatwave. New research by German scientists shows climate change will trigger more frequent and severe heatwaves in the next 30 years. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland will experience “huge increases” in temperatures over this century, according to a leading Irish expert on climate change. Average Irish Au(...)

UN climate chief Christiana Figueres: “Little time remains to take concerted action in order to prevent global average temperatures rising over 2 degrees Celsius.” Photograph: Reuters/Mike Hutchings

The global agreement to combat climate change due to be concluded in 2015 is now likely to include a “dynamic” element that would allow new sci(...)

Starting tomorrow, German environment minister Peter Altmaier and his Polish counterpart, Marcin Korolec, will jointly host the fourth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, involving a representative group of 35 of their colleagues from all regions of the world. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The first round of climate talks in 2013 may have been quite relaxed, but this didn’t disguise significant differences between the parties on w(...)

Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and atmospheric concentrations of CO2 are exceeding levels never experienced in human history, the Bonn conference on climate change was told. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

As global carbon dioxide, emissions teetered on the threshold of 400 parts per million (PPM) for the first time in three million years, delegat(...)

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