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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Minister Rabbitte welcomes financial support for Galway during Storm Debi

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Minister McConalogue announces Scheme to assist farmers who have lost fodder due to exceptional flooding in the Shannon Callows

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D. today announced a scheme to assist farmers who have lost fodder due to exceptional flooding in the Shannon Callows.   The Minister said: There has been exceptional flooding in the...

Government announce conference Agriculture and Climate Change – Science in Action

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Government delivers record €1.159 billion investment in Budget 2024 to support families, communities, and a net-zero future

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Minister Rabbitte welcomes fodder scheme for farms along the Shannon Callows

Minister for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed confirmation from Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue that he is currently finalising the details of a fodder support scheme for farmers impacted by flooding on the...

National Parks & Wildlife (NPWS) and University of Galway partner academic research and study of The Burren

Minister for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan T.D. and President of University of Galway Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh have signed a partnership agreement between the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the University to enhance...

Budget 2024 to deliver further reductions in fares and introduce new services for families and commuters

Here’s what Budget 2024 will make possible: Cheaper fares   Further reductions to the Young Adult Card giving 50% discounts on fares for 24 and 25 years olds on PSO and commercial services. This commitment has been secured for 2 years. Retention of 20% discount...

Minister Rabbitte welcomes substantial investment under Budget 2024 in The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Minister O’Gorman has unveiled an investment package worth €1.1bn for early learning and childcare for 2024, building on the substantial investment in Budget 2023 and delivering a 70% increase in total State investment in the sector since 2020. Families receiving the...

Launch of the Green Bean Café in Athenry – A Social Enterprise

It was a pleasure to attend the launch of The Green Bean Café in Athenry, Co. Galway in the Athenry Primary Care Centre. The Green Bean Café, a social enterprise that aims to empower young adults with intellectual disabilities; changing lives one brew at a time. They...

Government have announced the opening of the Native Tree Scheme under Ireland’s new 2023-2027 Forestry Scheme

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett, stated: I am delighted to announce the opening of the Native Tree Area Scheme today here at Avondale House, the home of Irish forestry. This scheme will allow farmers...

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