Sweeney, Kevin and Fealy, Rowan and McElwain, Laura and Siggins, Lorna and Sweeney, John and Trinies, Victoria
Changing Shades of Green: The environmental and cultural impacts of climate change in Ireland.
Irish American Climate Project.
This report, as the reader will see, follows two
distinct but intertwined paths.
One path, rooted in science, outlines the ecological
impacts of climate change in Ireland. We describe
climate changes witnessed in the later decades of
the 20th century and the most likely scenarios for
change in this current century. We do not offer a
primer on climate science, nor do we provide great
detail on the methodology used to downscale global
climate models for modeling the Irish climate. We
instead attempt to tell a simple story of how the Irish
climate is likely to change, relying exclusively on
peer-reviewed scientific literature.
The other path, rooted in culture, describes how
these ecological changes may affect the look and
feel of the Irish landscape, and how they may affect
life in Ireland. These sections do not rely on peer-reviewed
literature; they instead rely on an intuitive
sense of those things that matter greatly to the Irish.
We include discussions of music and poetry because
they explain the intense connections between the
Irish landscape and Irish culture and how changes to
one can affect the other.
||The Irish American Climate Project is a project of the
Rockefeller Family Fund. Funding support for the project comes from the
Bipartisan Policy Center, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and the Rockefeller
Family Fund. The Project’s science team is affiliated with the Irish Climate
Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS). For more information, please visit
IrishClimate.org, or contact: info@IrishClimate.org
||ICARUS; Climate Change; Ireland; Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units;
||Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Prof. John Sweeney
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