Leo Varadkar has warned that if the Water Services Bill is delayed, people could face higher charges in January

Water legislation expected 'before Christmas'

16 Dec Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch has said she believes legislation on water charges will be passed through the Oireachtas before Christmas.

The four-page document asks countries to submit national plans to tackle global warming early next year

Robinson criticises Lima climate change talks

14 Dec United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson has said not enough progress has been made at the talks in Lima to give confidence of a legally binding agreement.

Residents are evacuated to a safer place in Legazpi City, southeast of Manila

Typhoon Hagupit uproots more than 1.5m Filipinos

06 Dec More than half a million people in the Philippines have fled from a powerful typhoon in one of the world's biggest peacetime evacuations, as the storm threatens to wreak more destruction on areas still bearing the scars of a super typhoon 13 months ago.

Provisional information for 2014 means that 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century

2014 on course to be hottest year ever

03 Dec This year is on course to become one of the hottest, if not the hottest, on record, according to a provisional analysis by the World Meteorological Organization.

The 195 countries will seek to agree pledges to reduce carbon pollution

2014 shaping up to be hottest year ever

01 Dec A new round of UN climate talks have opened in Peru, aimed at paving the way to a historic deal in Paris in December 2015 to roll back greenhouse-gas emissions.

Nine-month rationing of water continues as a result of the record drought

Drought-hit Sao Paulo may 'get water from mud'

29 Nov Sao Paulo, Brazil's drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say.

RTÉ News revealed yesterday that the cost of metering now stands at €539m

Water metering an issue for Irish Water - Kenny

24 Nov Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the issue of water metering is one for Irish Water, following comments by Ervia Chief Executive Michael McNicholas about the cost of installing the water meters.

Japanese whalers on board the Nisshin Maru clean a minke whale in the Southern Ocean off Antartica in 2000

Opposition to Japanese whaling 'eco-imperialism'

26 Nov Opposition to Japan's whaling programme is a kind of "eco-imperialism" that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science, Japan's top whaling official said this morning.

The Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland caused major disruption in 2010

New ash cloud could be 'imminent'

20 Nov An ash cloud crisis even worse than the Icelandic eruption, which grounded thousands of flights four years ago, could be imminent, scientists have claimed.