Climate Change

What causes climate change or global warming? What are the effects of climate change? Learn the human impact and consequences of climate change for the environment, and our lives. 

The Big Picture

Morgan Freeman laying out our challenge and opportunity. Are you ready?

Temperature Anomalies by Country 1880-2017 based on NASA data.

Temperature Anomalies by Country 1880-2017

Just Transition – an insight

Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) to examine the implications of a Just Transition for the energy sector in Ireland and internationally. Hear the perspective of trade unions, employers, the government, the environmental pillar and the view form abroad

This Environmental Protection Agency video is a snapshot from The State of Ireland’s Environment Report launched in 2016.

The State of Ireland’s Environment EPA 2016 report

What impact will climate change have for Ireland? Link to EPA information hereincluding 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

Military Response 

Article from the LATimes: “The Pentagon’s “2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap” describes how global warming will bring new demands on the military. 

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas on Monday, unveiling a comprehensive plan for how the U.S. military will address the effects of climate change.

Rising global temperatures, increasing sea levels and intensifying weather events will challenge global stability, he said, and could lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease and disputes over refugees and resources.”

Climate Ireland 

All about adaptation! Climate Ireland is designed and developed by the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI) at University College Cork (UCC) and the Irish Centre for High End Computer (ICHEC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway and as part of the EPA-funded project A Climate Information Platform for Ireland (ICIP). Visit the resource filled website here.

Climate Ambassador Programme

The Climate Ambassador programme is Ireland’s first ever initiative to train and support individuals taking action on climate change. The programme is co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce with support from the Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment. It has a wealth of online resources here.

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