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 A doctor tends to a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at University Hospital Leipzig on November 18th in Leipzig, Germany. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

The first known Covid-19 case was a market vendor in the Chinese city of Wuhan, not an accountant who appeared to have no link to the market but whose(...)

Britain’s president for Cop26 Alok Sharma speaks during a press conference in central London earlier this week. Photograph: Daniel Leal/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Almost a week after Alok Sharma brought down the gavel on Cop26 in Glasgow, the debate continues over whether the climate summit was an important step(...)

A view of flooding in the Sumas Prairie area of Abbotsford British Columbia, Canada, on November 17th, 2021. Photograph: Don MacKinnon/ AFP via Getty Images

Canada was still trying to reach 18,000 people stranded on Thursday after floods and mudslides destroyed roads, houses and bridges in what could be th(...)

This aerial handout image taken and released on November 16th, 2021 by the City of Abbotsford via Twitter shows flooding on the Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford, Canada. Photograph: City of Abbotsford/AFP via Getty Images

Canada deployed its air force on Wednesday to help British Columbia deal with massive floods that cut access to the country’s largest port and strande(...)

Volvo is planning that, by 2025, half of all of its global sales will be fully electric models

On the fringes of the Cop26 climate conference, Volvo made a somewhat extraordinary promise: that it will start fining itself €100 (1,000 Swedish Kron(...)

The official operating profits recorded by motor insurers operating in the Irish market amounted to €163 million last year. Photograph: iStock

As FBD, the State’s only remaining indigenous insurer, was forced in 2015 to sell property assets and accept a €70 million rescue investment from Cana(...)

Irish surfing’s early years were all about improvisation and finding the best waves. Photograph: Craig Peterson

Bray’s seafront may now abound with Lycra-clad fitness bunnies and avo-on-toast eateries but, despite its recent Californification, it is still hard t(...)

One important trend that appears to have accelerated during the pandemic is the desire for a simpler, slower pace of life. Photograph: iStock

For the first time, Ireland has been included in the Ipsos Global Trends survey, providing unique insights into our position in the world according to(...)

A commuter walks up the steps of the Grand Arch in the La Défense financial district in Paris, the day after French president Emmanuel Macron gave a televised address on the pandemic. Photograph: Benjamin Girette/Bloomberg

Image of the week: Pandemic déjà vu Notwithstanding the fact that birds outnumber people in this scene from Paris’s La Défense financial district, E(...)

Ministers and respresentatives of the ‘Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance’ including Minister for Climate Eamon Ryan pose on stage at the Cop26 climate  conference in Glasgow on November 11th. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty

For some analysts and climate campaigners the formation of a small but influential international alliance at Cop26 is a bold attempt “to kill the oil (...)

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