A firefighter moves away from a tall flame as he uses a drip torch to burn dry grass during a backfire operation to head off the Rocky Fire

Evacuations ordered over California wildfire

06.37 A wildfire that has destroyed drought-parched terrain in northern California with remarkable speed continues to rage as evacuations expanded and firefighters began to gain some ground against the flames.

President Obama's plan will increase the required cuts in carbon emissions from the power sector

Obama unveils new climate change plan

03 Aug US President Barack Obama challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight global warming today, at the formal unveiling of his plan to cut carbon emissions from US power plants.

Jericho was photographed by the WildCRU research team (Pic: WildCRU)

Jericho the lion 'alive and well'

02 Aug Jericho the lion, who it had been claimed was shot dead yesterday by poachers at a park in Zimbabwe, is "alive and well", conservationists have confirmed.

A bridge washed away by floodwaters in Manipur after days of torrential rain

20 feared dead in India landslide

02 Aug Rescuers are searching today for 20 villagers feared killed in a landslide in remote northeast India, as the death toll from recent floods elsewhere in the country topped 100, officials said.

President Higgins was speaking at the Summit of Conscience organised by French President Francois Hollande

Higgins calls for moral courage on climate change

21 Jul President Michael D Higgins has told a climate change summit in Paris that we are at a moment of truth in relation to climate and that we will require moral courage to effectively respond to the now urgent effects of climate change.

Police officers surround protesters on a runway at Heathrow

13 charged over protest at Heathrow

14 Jul Thirteen people have been charged in connection with a climate change protest which caused delays at London's Heathrow Airport yesterday.

Actor was accused of taking water illegally from a public water hydrant

Selleck in deal over California water complaint

10 Jul Actor Tom Selleck has tentatively settled a Southern California court complaint that accused him of illegally tapping the public hydrant of a nearby water district to supply his ranch in the midst of a crippling drought.

Pope Francis said the Amazon should have special protection

Pope says protecting the planet a 'duty'

08 Jul Pope Francis has said protecting the planet was no longer a choice but a duty and called for a new "social justice" where access to the earth's resources would be based on equality instead of economic interests.

A separate notice affecting 6,000 people in the Boyle area was lifted in May of this year

Boil water notices lifted in Co Roscommon

30 Jun Irish Water has confirmed that boil water notices affecting 11,300 customers in Co Roscommon have been lifted following inspections by the Environmental Protection Agency.