Some light reading on climate change

Alex Hill (Met Office), Alex Attwood MLA, John McMullan (Chair, Climate Northern Ireland) and Helen Udale-Clarke (HR Wallingford) launching the Climate Northern Ireland guidance documents at Greenmount last month.

Last month I attended a conference on the impacts of climate change on Northern Ireland, which took place at CAFRE’s Greemmount campus.

Introduced by the Environment Minister, the event focused mainly on the local implications of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment.

There was some fairly depressing news – any hope of limiting global temperatures to an increase of two degrees appears to have been more or less abandoned by policymakers and it is equally clear that we are nowhere near as far down the road of preparing an adaptation plan as our friends in Scotland.

On the other hand, the best guess at the minute seems to be that Northern Ireland will suffer fewer negative effects than some other parts of the UK, not least the south of England, which looks to be facing a future of more or less permanent drought. Which isn’t to say that we do not face huge challenges of our own.

The presentations from the conference can now be found here. There is a lot to take in – even more so when you get the whole lot in one day – but I recommend a browse.

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About msimpsongpni

Mark Simpson is Environment spokesperson for the Green Party in Northern Ireland and Green Party coordinator in the Balmoral electoral area, Belfast.
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