Summers are likely to be hotter and drier, while winter will be wetter and storms more intense

Summers set to get drier, but winters to be wetter

27 Nov Annual average temperatures in Ireland could rise by between 1 and 1.7°C between now and the middle of the century as a result of climate change, according to a new report funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The report said shrinkage in sea ice will make it ever harder for polar bears to catch seals

Polar bear population likely to fall by 30%

19 Nov Polar bear populations are likely to fall by more than 30% by around the middle of the century as global warming thaws Arctic sea ice, experts said in the most detailed review of the bears to date.

The sun sets in Hopfen am See, southern Germany, in early October

October was hottest in modern history

18 Nov Last month was the hottest October in modern history and the first ten months of the year have also been at record levels, US government scientists said this afternoon.

A baby orca takes a breath at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld to change focus of killer-whale shows

10 Nov SeaWorld plans to replace its signature "Shamu" killer-whale shows in San Diego with displays focused on "conservation," after grappling with sagging attendance and years of criticism over treatment of the captive marine mammals.

The UN says carbon emissions will be "significantly dented" if more work is done

Climate change plans must go further - UN

30 Oct Plans by about 150 countries to curb greenhouse gas emissions will slow climate change this century, but they need to do more to limit rising global temperatures to 2C, the United Nations said today.

Rescuers race to reach earthquake hit zones

Rescuers race to reach earthquake hit zones

27 Oct Rescuers are underway to deliver relief aid to victims of a massive earthquake that hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing at least 300 people over a wide swathe of mostly mountainous terrain.

Hurricane Patricia had grown to be the strongest storm on record in the Western Hemisphere

Hurricane Patricia downgraded to tropical storm

23 Oct Hurricane Patricia, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, crashed into western Mexico with rain and winds of up to 165 mph (266kph), but has now been downgraded to a tropical storm