Quotes from Ireland’s Burning

Here are a few quotes from Ireland’s Burning by Paul Cunningham, RTE Environment Correspondent :-

Ireland’s Burning – book by Paul Cunningham

According to Peter Wyse-Jackson, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, 20% of the Irish wild plant population are particularly vulnerable to climate change – so 170 species could be wiped out by 2050 due to changes in temperature and habitats.

“You have a movement north of what we call the gadid species, the cods and haddocks, because they can’t survive in sea temperatures greater than seventeen degrees. And we are getting higher than seventeen degrees off our coast.” (Kevin Flannery – Dingle fisherman)

“Those dry summers will adversely affect Ireland’s ability to grow grass. It will affect the ability to grow wheat and barley to some extent. It will certainly affect the productivity of cattle for milk and meat production”.

“We also expect to see more hazards, in terms of a greater incidence of winter flooding, especially in the west. The once-in-a-century event, in some rivers, will have become the once-in-a-decade event. There will be a hazard to be managed and a risk to be taken into account”.

(Professor John Sweeney, head of Irish Climate Analysis and Research Unit)

“Storms are occurring with greater frequency now. This isn’t my imagination. This is what’s happening according to people who measure it. We also seem to be getting longer dry spells and longer wet spells”. (Karin Dubsky, head of Coastwatch Ireland)

“Mean sea level is predicted to rise and the frequency and severity of storms is predicted to increase. These consequences of climate change will significantly increase the risks posed by coastal erosion and coastal flooding”. (Dr Gerard Farrell, Chief Engineer, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

“In the short term, the only expectation can be that the Celtic Tiger era of bad planning will mean we live with an emissions and lifestyle hangover which will cost the country, and its people, dearly. Rather than sustainable development, we’ve experienced only sustained development. And now it’s time to pay the price”.

“Even if the scientists are only partially correct, then climate change is going to be the biggest issue for this, the next and subsequent generations. Failure or refusal to act could well mean that this generation will be cursed by those who follow us because, while we may not be in command of all the facts, we have a pretty good idea what the likely consequences are going to be. Grim.”

(Paul Cunningham, RTE Environment Correspondent –‘Ireland’s Burning’)

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