The global climate is changing and Ireland’s climate is changing in line with global trends. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the most authoritative international body on climate science. The latest IPCC Assessment reports issued in 2013 and 2104 report that “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased….Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident from the increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, positive radiative forcing, observed warming, and understanding of the climate system.”
In Ireland, the EPA has key responsibilities in the climate change area from researching climate science to the European Unions Emissions Trading Scheme. For more information see our main website.