On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will publish the most comprehensive assessment on the state of climate change since 2013. Galway is predicted to be one of the worst hit areas in the country. As a member of the Climate Action Committee and Leader of the Greens in the Seanad I am available to discuss the report on Monday 9th August. You can contact me on 083 004 4711.
The IPCC’s role is to provide politicians with assessments every six to seven years on the science, the impacts and the potential options for tackling climate change. It’s expected that the short, 40-page Summary for Policymakers will play an important role in guiding global leaders who will come to Glasgow in November to deal with critical climate questions. In recent months, a number of respected climatologists have expressed fears that the impact of climate change is more severe than had previously been predicted, and it’s expected the report will outline this impact.
- Research conducted by mapping and data consultants last year indicated that more than 62,000 Irish homes are at risk from coastal flooding by 2050 due to climate change.
- Dublin, Louth, Clare, Limerick and Galway are considered the most at risk, with more than 21,000 homes and almost 2,000 businesses at risk in the capital alone
- Provisional record temperatures of 31.2C, 31.3C and 31.4C were measured in the space of five days in Northern Ireland at Ballywatticock in Co Down, Castlederg in Co Tyrone and Armagh in Co Armagh, respectively (July 18-22)
- Met Éireann said that Ireland recorded its first tropical night in 20 years when the temperatures at Valentia Observatory did not fall below 20°C on the nights of Wednesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 22.