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Sea levels will rise 6 feet by the end of this century if we continue at our current rate of emissions, flooding low-lying communities and displacing millions.

GLOBAL WARMING

The earth is quickly warming due to human activity. Recent weather events across Europe are evidence of this. Sea levels are rising, ice sheets are melting, and more severe weather events are occurring worldwide.

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The levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are rising yearly, currently being the highest in 800'000 years.

We continue to release excessive amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, trapping the heat of the sun and steadily warming the planet. Any warming will have consequences, and these consequences are not likely to be good. 

Currently, we are trying to keep the warming below 2°C, with a more difficult goal of 1.5°C. Anything over this will have severely damaging effects on the world population. Drought and famine will hit the world's warmer climates much harder than in Ireland. This will cause the displacement of millions of people from their homes, with the world struggling to feed its ever-expanding population. Even in Ireland, if recent events become the norm, we will experience a drastic change in our living habits, with food production being particularly at risk. The Emerald Isle may cease to exist as we know it.

The earth has already warmed 1°C from pre-industrial levels. Further warming of 3°C by the end of this century is predicted if we continue at our current rate of CO2 production. Many parts of the planet will become uninhabitable at this point, with irreversible effects.

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10 years left to change our ways before the damage to our planet is irreversible and out of our control.

Paris Climate Agreement

On the 12th of December 2015 at COP 21 in Paris, representative parties from countries around the world decided to introduce and support the Paris Climate Agreement, a legally binding global agreement that enforces the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to combat climate change.

The Paris Climate Agreement aims to keep global warming well below 2° Cellcius above pre-industrial levels, which will lead to irreversible damage to the planet. The agreement aims to keep warming around 1.5° Cellcius, which is unavoidable at this stage.

The agreement entered into force on the 4th of November 2016, with 185 countries having ratified it, including Ireland. Ireland’s climate goals are part of EU legislation stemming from the Paris Climate Agreement.

 

The countries involved comprise some of the biggest polluters in the world including China, India, and the United States.

 

The Paris Climate Agreement is our last chance to work together and avoid catastrophic damage to the earth. Click on the link to be taken to the UN website with more details about the agreement.

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419 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere as of February 2022. The figure was 417 ppm in 2019 and 280 ppm before the Industrial Revolution.