Two significant thresholds on climate change have been crossed this year, with ominous consequences for the future. The World Meteorological Organisat(...)

Noo Saro-Wiwa, daughter of executed Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, with Sr Majella McCarron, at Maynooth University. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two decades after Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged with eight colleagues for opposing the oil industry’s activities in Ogoniland, his death ha(...)

Carbon control: a farmer grazes sheep by a power plant near China’s Changzhi, in Shanxi province. The amount of coal being burned in China has fallen for the first time since 2000 – good news for the environment. Photograph: Reuters

With 2014 likely to end up one of the hottest years on record and greenhouse gas emissions still rising, attention is turning to carbon capture and(...)

Part of the “Black Vultures” art installation by artist Cristina Planas at Villa Wetlands, a protected natural area south of Lima. The display is  part of the UN Climate Change Conference  taking place in Lima. Photograph: Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo.

Ministers from dozens of countries, including Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, arriving in Lima for the final week of UN climate (...)

Marcos Avilques and Marcio Kokoj of the Co-ordination of the Indigenous Organisations of the Brazilian Amazon address a news conference as part of the UN climate change conference in Lima. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Climate change adaptation costs for developing countries are likely to be double or even treble current estimates of $70 billion-$100 billion (€57 bil(...)

An aerial view of rain approaching in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest

The world will have to rely on “more difficult, costlier and riskier means” of meeting the target of limiting global warming at 2 degrees after 2020 u(...)

Hydro-electric: accounted for 26 per cent of new renewable capacity in 2012

Developing countries are now investing almost as much as developed countries in renewable energy, with 46 per cent of the global total in 2012, accor(...)

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