Sunday 19 November 2017

We built Ardnacrusha, but now we're slaves to fossil fuels

Two of the greatest achievements of the Ireland that emerged after 1916 were in energy - ie, building the Ardnacrusha hydroelectric power station (which produced 80pc of Ireland's electricity in the 1930s) and rural electrification
Two of the greatest achievements of the Ireland that emerged after 1916 were in energy - ie, building the Ardnacrusha hydroelectric power station (which produced 80pc of Ireland's electricity in the 1930s) and rural electrification

Laura Burke

The hard physical realities of climate change are difficult and unavoidable. Warming of the climate system is undeniable. The human influence is clear. The impacts are apparent across all continents and oceans.

Many changes are essentially irreversible and projected to increase.

The question is how do we deal with this challenge? The national policy position is quite straight forward, to reduce carbon by at least 80pc by 2050, achieve effective neutrality for agriculture and land use and make Ireland resilient to the increasing impacts of climate change.

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