Turn the Tide on The Climate Crisis

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

What Impact will climate change have for Ireland?

The EPA’s Climate Change Research Programme carries out relevant and up to date studies on climate change in Ireland.  Analysis of the meteorological records shows that Ireland’s climate is changing in line with global patterns.

Temperature Trend

The clearest trend is evident in the temperature records which show a mean temperature increase of 0.7o C between 1890 and 2008, i.e. an increase of 0.06o C per decade. The increase was 0.4o C during the period 1980-2008, i.e. equivalent to 0.14o C per decade. 

Other Indicators

  • Six of the ten warmest years in Ireland have occurred since 1990
  • A reduction in the number of frost days and shortening of frost season length
  • An increase in annual rainfall in northern and western areas with decreases or small increases in the south and east.
  • These changes are reflected in Ireland’s natural environment with an increase in the growing season and with greater number of animals suited to warmer temperatures being evident in Ireland and its surrounding waters.

Ocean Acidification

In more recent years, another significant issue has emerged. Ocean Acidification will have harmful effects on marine organisms and has the potential to disrupt global marine ecosystems. For more information see the Marine Institute’s report External linkOcean Acidification: An Emerging Threat to our Marine Environment. 

Future Adverse Impacts

Climate change impacts are projected to increase in the coming decades and during the rest of this century. Uncertainties remain in relation to the scale and extent of these impacts, particularly during the second half of the century. The greatest uncertainly lies in how effective global actions will be in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Predicted adverse impacts include:

  • sea level rise,
  • more intense storms and rainfall events,
  • increased likelihood and magnitude of river and coastal flooding and
  • water shortages in summer in the east
  • adverse impacts on water quality
  • changes in distribution of plant and animal species
  • effects on fisheries sensitive to changes in temperature
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Warming at the Poles

Warming at the poles will soon be felt globally in rising seas, extreme weather.  Ice loss, permafrost thaw, fires. 

Trouble in the Arctic and Antarctic could cause shocks to the world’s weather and sea levels sooner than thought, says a new study.

 

Top 10 Things You Can Do Now to Help The Planet

The scale of the challenges facing our planet can seem daunting, but we can all do something. Here are 10 simple ways you can help reduce your impact, and help in the fight against climate change.

 

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ACRES General Tranche 2 Applicants receiving their approval letters

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D, has announced the latest step in the continued issuing of approval letters under Tranche 2 of the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES). Making the announcement, the Minister said: I...

Final Climate Action Plan 2023 Progress Report shows 65% implementation of actions last year

The final progress report on the 2023 Climate Action Plan (CAP23), published this week , puts the overall implementation rate for the plan at 65%, with 188 of 290 actions set out for the year completed. In total, 161 actions were scheduled for implementation and...

Opening of €1.9 million biomass heat centre fuelling ATU building with renewable energy

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications Ossian Smyth TD have congratulated Atlantic Technological University (ATU) on its new...

Government announces Community and Enterprises Grants Scheme under the EU Just Transition Fund

The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan has announced a €5 million funding call under the European Union’s Just Transition Fund (EU JTF) for local community organisations and small-to-medium sized enterprises in the Midlands region. The...

Open Call for Expressions of Interest for Fáilte Ireland – Tourism Learning Network Programme for Ireland’s Midlands 2023 – 2026

An open call for Expressions of Interest for its Tourism Learning Network Programme as part of the EU Just Transition Fund Regenerative Tourism & Placemaking Scheme for Ireland’s Midlands 2023-2026. This new Tourism Learning Network Programme is designed to build...

Galway East TD Minister Anne Rabbitte is calling for County Boards to use funding provided by JP McManus funding to improve clubs’ accessibility

Galway East TD Minister Anne Rabbitte is calling for County Boards to use funding provided by JP McManus to improve accessibility of facilities. The McManus’ Charitable Foundation is donating €1 million to every county board, to be evenly divided between GAA, camogie...

Minister Rabbitte visits Leitrim in the aftermath of the tornado

Minister Rabbitte has confirmed that the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme is available to provide support to those living in properties directly affected by Storm Fergus and the tornado in Leitrim.   The Humanitarian Assistance Scheme prevents hardship by providing...

 €762,000 Community Climate Action Fund for communities and not-for-profit organisations

Galway County Council has announced details of the new €762,000 Community Climate Action Fund for communities and not-for-profit organisations interested in developing projects and initiatives focusing on addressing climate change. The funding will support small (up...

Government announce the delivery of €550,000 in funding for sustainable development projects in schools.

The successful projects include: new school gardens outdoor classrooms local air quality initiatives wildlife walkways poetry for climate action and climate justice. Approx. €550,000 is being provided in funding for the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the Purple Lights campaign 2023

International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the Purple Lights campaign is taking place today Sunday 3 December 2023. The Purple Lights campaign sees Government buildings local and national, major companies, civic and educational institutions turning purple to...

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