Australian scientists said last month just 7% of the Great Barrier Reef has been untouched by mass bleaching

Anger as Australia omits climate change report

27 May Australia's Department of the Environment says it omitted its contribution to a UN report examining the impact of climate change on world heritage sites over concern it could  create "confusion" and have a negative impact on tourism.

Just under €89m in grants had been issued to 888,000 households up until February

Water grant admin to cost €210k this year

27 May The Department of Social Protection has estimated that the cost of administering the €100 water conservation grant for this year will be almost a quarter of a million euro despite the fact that another round of payments is unlikely to be made in 2016.

90,000 people were forced to evacuate Fort McMurray two weeks ago

Wildfire threatens Canadian oil sand sites

17 May A wildfire burning around the Canadian city of Fort McMurray is growing and moving rapidly north, forcing firefighters to shift their focus to protecting major oil sand facilities north of the city.

Review of installation of water meters is under way

Irish Water faces €120m funding shortfall

14 May Irish Water will need €120m from the exchequer this year because of a funding shortfall due to the proposed suspension of water charges according to a briefing document prepared for incoming minister Simon Coveney.

David Hall said 33,000 family homes are at risk of repossession

Mortgage arrears proposals show promise - Hall

10 May The chief executive of the Irish Mortgage Holders Association has said he hopes planned measures by the Government to address the issue of mortgage arrears will be a sea change "to help people stay in their homes and not make what is an existing crisis worse."

The study was led by experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London

20% of plant types at risk, global study finds

10 May One in five types of plant worldwide is at risk of extinction from threats such as farming and logging that are wrecking many habitats, a first global overview of plant life has said.

Home foundations and skeletons of possessions are all that remain in some places

'Heartbreaking' destruction following wildfire

09 May Canadian officials have gotten their first glimpse of the oil sands town of Fort McMurray since a wildfire erupted and saw a "heartbreaking" number of destroyed homes but a largely intact business area.

Canadian Armed Forces and local authorities unload emergency food and supplies flown from Edmonton to Horizon in Alberta

Canada wildfire growing as weather heats up

07 May A raging Canadian wildfire that forced the evacuation of the Alberta oil town of Fort McMurray intensified today, helped by hot, dry weather, with police escorting a fresh convoy of evacuees out of the region.