Professor John Sweeney: We ignore global warming at our peril, and at huge cost to economy
In Ireland, we have an unfortunate tendency to downplay the risks associated with climate change. As a small nation with a temperate climate, we feel we won't be directly affected.
We don't have deserts or rain forests; we don't get tidal waves or typhoons; and the concepts of famine and drought are considered relics from a distant past. But to think Ireland is immune to climate change is dangerous.
Unless we take immediate steps, it won't just be the environment that suffers – there will be disastrous implications for our economy and quality of life.