Thursday, March 15, 2007

Climate Change

The EPA on foot of research into the implications of climate change for Ireland have released a report of their findings

The report predicts that a global temperature rise of up to 2° Celsius would result in negative changes include the following:

  • Increased likelihood and magnitude of river and coastal flooding;
  • Water shortages in summer in the east, increased need for irrigation of crops;
  • Negative impacts on water quality;
  • Changes in the distribution of species, and possible extinction of vulnerable species requiring cooler conditions, e.g., the Arctic Char;
  • Effects on fisheries, which are sensitive to small changes in temperature, e.g., Cod; Increased frequency of wild fires and pest infestation. Find a link here to the EPA statement and report.

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