Tuesday 28 March 2017

Frank McGovern: Climate change issues must be put at heart of all Government departments if we're to make a difference

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the World Climate Change Conference 2015. Photo: Reuters
Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the World Climate Change Conference 2015. Photo: Reuters

Frank McGovern

The hardship and costs of the flooding being currently experienced in large areas of the country provide a stark indicator of increasingly wetter winters that are expected in the coming decades as the global temperature increases.

When coupled with the inevitability of ongoing sea-level rise, this means that Ireland has significant vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate change.

Short-term emergency and humanitarian responses are essential to addressing the difficulties that are confronting many communities.

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