A LEADING Irish professor has warned that around one fifth of the Irish coastline is at risk of being wiped out by erosion.

If climate change goes unchecked, Irish summers will be hotter and drier, winters will be warmer and wetter, with a risk of more frequent widespread flooding.

And with 50 per cent of the population living within 15 kilometres of the sea, the impact would be devastating.

According to Professor John Sweeney, a world-renowned expert on climatology based at NUI Maynooth, those living in east coast counties Dublin, Down, Louth, Wicklow and Wexford are at the greatest risk.

Prof Sweeney warned: “It is clear that the window of opportunity is closing rapidly and unless radical emission cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are achieved within the next decade or two, a tipping point may be reached in global climate which may be irreversible.

“The legacy this generation will pass on to the next would then be that of a severely damaged planet.”

‘Avoid worst excesses of climate change’ Over the past 30 years Prof Sweeney has published around 60 scientific papers and edited or co-authored four texts on various aspects of climatology and climate change in Ireland.

He said: “Let’s consider geographic and demographic factors: Ireland has 4,577km of coast, and more than half the population lives within 15 kilometres of the sea.

“Around 20 per cent of the coast is at risk of erosion, with sea-level rise already having a significant impact on the soft boulder clay coasts of the east.

“Counties Dublin, Down, Louth, Wexford and Wicklow are particularly at risk, but the west and south are also affected, with lowlying bays and estuaries such as Cork Harbour, Clew Bay and especially the Shannon Estuary displaying increased exposure to sea-level rise.”

He said it was time to put politics aside and to consider the very future of our country and planet.

Prof Sweeney will address a free climate change conference tonight at 7.30pm at The Goat, in Goatstown, Dublin.

It’s being organised by Senator Mary White ahead of the UN conference on the issue which runs in Paris from November 30 to December 11.

Prof Sweeney said: “The forthcoming Paris conference represents a historic opportunity for the global community to change course and avoid the worst excesses of climate change impacts forecast by climate scientists.”

A LEADING Irish professor has warned that around one fifth of the Irish coastline is at risk of being wiped out by erosion.

If climate change goes unchecked, Irish summers will be hotter and drier, winters will be warmer and wetter, with a risk of more frequent widespread flooding.

And with 50 per cent of the population living within 15 kilometres of the sea, the impact would be devastating.

According to Professor John Sweeney, a world-renowned expert on climatology based at NUI Maynooth, those living in east coast counties Dublin, Down, Louth, Wicklow and Wexford are at the greatest risk.

Prof Sweeney warned: “It is clear that the window of opportunity is closing rapidly and unless radical emission cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are achieved within the next decade or two, a tipping point may be reached in global climate which may be irreversible.

“The legacy this generation will pass on to the next would then be that of a severely damaged planet.”

‘Avoid worst excesses of climate change’ Over the past 30 years Prof Sweeney has published around 60 scientific papers and edited or co-authored four texts on various aspects of climatology and climate change in Ireland.

He said: “Let’s consider geographic and demographic factors: Ireland has 4,577km of coast, and more than half the population lives within 15 kilometres of the sea.

“Around 20 per cent of the coast is at risk of erosion, with sea-level rise already having a significant impact on the soft boulder clay coasts of the east.

“Counties Dublin, Down, Louth, Wexford and Wicklow are particularly at risk, but the west and south are also affected, with lowlying bays and estuaries such as Cork Harbour, Clew Bay and especially the Shannon Estuary displaying increased exposure to sea-level rise.”

He said it was time to put politics aside and to consider the very future of our country and planet.

Prof Sweeney will address a free climate change conference tonight at 7.30pm at The Goat, in Goatstown, Dublin.

It’s being organised by Senator Mary White ahead of the UN conference on the issue which runs in Paris from November 30 to December 11.

Prof Sweeney said: “The forthcoming Paris conference represents a historic opportunity for the global community to change course and avoid the worst excesses of climate change impacts forecast by climate scientists.”

A LEADING Irish professor has warned that around one fifth of the Irish coastline is at risk of being wiped out by erosion.

If climate change goes unchecked, Irish summers will be hotter and drier, winters will be warmer and wetter, with a risk of more frequent widespread flooding.

And with 50 per cent of the population living within 15 kilometres of the sea, the impact would be devastating.

According to Professor John Sweeney, a world-renowned expert on climatology based at NUI Maynooth, those living in east coast counties Dublin, Down, Louth, Wicklow and Wexford are at the greatest risk.

Prof Sweeney warned: “It is clear that the window of opportunity is closing rapidly and unless radical emission cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are achieved within the next decade or two, a tipping point may be reached in global climate which may be irreversible.

“The legacy this generation will pass on to the next would then be that of a severely damaged planet.”

‘Avoid worst excesses of climate change’ Over the past 30 years Prof Sweeney has published around 60 scientific papers and edited or co-authored four texts on various aspects of climatology and climate change in Ireland.

He said: “Let’s consider geographic and demographic factors: Ireland has 4,577km of coast, and more than half the population lives within 15 kilometres of the sea.

“Around 20 per cent of the coast is at risk of erosion, with sea-level rise already having a significant impact on the soft boulder clay coasts of the east.

“Counties Dublin, Down, Louth, Wexford and Wicklow are particularly at risk, but the west and south are also affected, with lowlying bays and estuaries such as Cork Harbour, Clew Bay and especially the Shannon Estuary displaying increased exposure to sea-level rise.”

He said it was time to put politics aside and to consider the very future of our country and planet.

Prof Sweeney will address a free climate change conference tonight at 7.30pm at The Goat, in Goatstown, Dublin.

It’s being organised by Senator Mary White ahead of the UN conference on the issue which runs in Paris from November 30 to December 11.

Prof Sweeney said: “The forthcoming Paris conference represents a historic opportunity for the global community to change course and avoid the worst excesses of climate change impacts forecast by climate scientists.”

A LEADING Irish professor has warned that around one fifth of the Irish coastline is at risk of being wiped out by erosion.

If climate change goes unchecked, Irish summers will be hotter and drier, winters will be warmer and wetter, with a risk of more frequent widespread flooding.

And with 50 per cent of the population living within 15 kilometres of the sea, the impact would be devastating.

According to Professor John Sweeney, a world-renowned expert on climatology based at NUI Maynooth, those living in east coast counties Dublin, Down, Louth, Wicklow and Wexford are at the greatest risk.

Prof Sweeney warned: “It is clear that the window of opportunity is closing rapidly and unless radical emission cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are achieved within the next decade or two, a tipping point may be reached in global climate which may be irreversible.

“The legacy this generation will pass on to the next would then be that of a severely damaged planet.”

‘Avoid worst excesses of climate change’ Over the past 30 years Prof Sweeney has published around 60 scientific papers and edited or co-authored four texts on various aspects of climatology and climate change in Ireland.

He said: “Let’s consider geographic and demographic factors: Ireland has 4,577km of coast, and more than half the population lives within 15 kilometres of the sea.

“Around 20 per cent of the coast is at risk of erosion, with sea-level rise already having a significant impact on the soft boulder clay coasts of the east.

“Counties Dublin, Down, Louth, Wexford and Wicklow are particularly at risk, but the west and south are also affected, with lowlying bays and estuaries such as Cork Harbour, Clew Bay and especially the Shannon Estuary displaying increased exposure to sea-level rise.”

He said it was time to put politics aside and to consider the very future of our country and planet.

Prof Sweeney will address a free climate change conference tonight at 7.30pm at The Goat, in Goatstown, Dublin.

It’s being organised by Senator Mary White ahead of the UN conference on the issue which runs in Paris from November 30 to December 11.

Prof Sweeney said: “The forthcoming Paris conference represents a historic opportunity for the global community to change course and avoid the worst excesses of climate change impacts forecast by climate scientists.”

 

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