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We must stop downplaying the reality of climate crisis and act before it gets worse

Martina Devlin


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Extreme temperatures and forest fires like this one at Crone Woods near Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on Tuesday are the reality of the climate crisis

Extreme temperatures and forest fires like this one at Crone Woods near Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on Tuesday are the reality of the climate crisis

Extreme temperatures and forest fires like this one at Crone Woods near Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on Tuesday are the reality of the climate crisis

“Humankind cannot bear very much reality,” TS Eliot wrote, yet even all- owing for that, the reality of climate change can no longer be downplayed. Still need evidence? This week, all you had to do was open a window or go outside. Freak weather conditions are happening on our doorstep, with temperatures hitting record highs.

Ireland has largely sat on its hands since scientists raised a warning flag toward the end of the 20th century, but an ambitious objective of halving greenhouse gas emissions by the end of this decade has now been set, reflecting the scale of the crisis, which continues to escalate.


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