Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ireland may need radical thinking on climate change

Mallow Street, Limerick was closed when a tree fell from the Peoples Park during storm Darwin. Photo: Sean Curtin
Mallow Street, Limerick was closed when a tree fell from the Peoples Park during storm Darwin. Photo: Sean Curtin

John Sweeney

Ireland's moist and equable climate is a function of its location amid the mid latitude westerly wind belt and as an island bathed by the North Atlantic Drift.

Yet while the Atlantic dominates Irish climate, it acts on a rather unusual island topography of coastal uplands and an interior plain.

Many aspects of Irish climate therefore show a contrast between an exposed maritime fringe and a sheltered interior.

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