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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Package of supports to expand community energy revolution

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamonn Ryan, TD, has today launched a range of new of measures to ensure communities nationwide will benefit from renewable energy. The package includes: Targeted supports for communities who want to develop...

Government extends funding for research programme to protect vital marine ecosystem

Friday 18th June 2021  Latest funding of €1.6 million for the ObSERVE 2 Aerial survey project brings total investment of the ObSERVE Programme to €4.5 million An Irish-led international consortium will this month begin extensive aerial surveys of almost 500,000km2 of...

Funding Approved for Youth Climate Justice Projects

Saturday 5th June 2021 The Youth Climate Justice Fund supports youth-led action on climate justice at community, regional and national level Minister Roderic O’Gorman awards funding to 14 projects proposed by 23 youth organisations Minister for Children, Equality,...

Ireland presents €1 billion National Recovery and Resilience Plan to Europe

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Portumna – Wild Geese Project – Finalists: Digital Changemaker

Portumna – Sustainability through Digital Portumna has been shortlisted as a finalist in Digital Changemakers category for the  .IE Digital Town for the work of the Wild Geese.  Winners will be announced on 10 June 2021 at a virtual awards ceremony.  The .IE Digital...

Speech by President Michael D. Higgins ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards

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Launch of the OPW Statement of Strategy 2021–2024

13 May 2021 The Office of Public Works (OPW) is a key service provider to the Government managing the Government’s estate portfolio, maintaining and presenting Ireland’s built heritage and managing Ireland’s flood risk. The breadth of its role and expertise is...

Government publishes framework for Ireland’s Offshore Electricity Transmission System to facilitate huge growth in renewable energy

Thursday 12th May 2021 The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) has published the framework for Ireland’s future offshore electricity transmission system, which will facilitate the expansion of offshore wind energy to help the country meet...

River Shannon Management Body Bill will be published by summer, confirms Minister Rabbitte

Press Release 13-05-2021 Minister for Disabilities and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed the priority given by government to the drafting of the River Shannon Management Body Bill this summer. Included in the government’s Priority Legislation...

Green light for Irish Water project to support growth and development in Ballygar

Wednesday, 5 May 2021 Irish Water is working in partnership with Galway County Council to support growth and development throughout the county, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies. Ballygar wastewater treatment plant has now been selected...

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