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Friday 9 December 2016

Let's do the sums on how we're going to pay for climate change

Meeting the requirements of the Paris Agreement could cost the country tens of billions of euro

Ed Walsh

Published 06/11/2016 | 02:30

Country smell: Unlike other EU countries, agriculture is responsible for most (33pc) of
Ireland's greenhous gas emissions. And cows produce almost all of that
Country smell: Unlike other EU countries, agriculture is responsible for most (33pc) of Ireland's greenhous gas emissions. And cows produce almost all of that

Despite all the hype when it was announced last December, Ireland waited almost 11 months to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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The Oireachtas gave it the green light on October 27. But earlier that month the Attorney-General advised that it was necessary to have an indication of the cost of complying with the Paris Agreement prior to Oireachtas ratification. However, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has yet to reveal the cost.

If the full costs - direct and indirect - are made known (as they were in Germany recently), expect consternation in Ireland.

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