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Changing Shades of Green: The environmental and cultural impacts of climate change in Ireland

Sweeney, Kevin and Fealy, Rowan and McElwain, Laura and Siggins, Lorna and Sweeney, John and Trinies, Victoria (2008) Changing Shades of Green: The environmental and cultural impacts of climate change in Ireland. Technical Report. Irish American Climate Project.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Additional Information: 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
Keywords: ICARUS; Climate Change; Ireland; Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units;
Subjects: Social Sciences > Geography
Item ID: 2887
Depositing User: Prof. John Sweeney
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 16:34
Publisher: Irish American Climate Project
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