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Dublin Councils’ Adaptation 13 February 2019

Four Dublin councils unveil plans to fight climate change (via the Irish Times)

By Kevin O’Sullivan

Local authorities in Dublin have jointly unveiled extensive climate action plans, which include a move to reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 – a more ambitious target than that being pursued by the State.

Each of the four councils, which make up the most populated region in State, have set out the actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their buildings and operations and to improve energy efficiency, while making the Dublin region better able to adapt to the detrimental effects of climate change.

The Draft Climate Change Action Plans 2019–2024, which were drawn up with Codema Energy Agency, show the effects of climate change “are already impacting Dublin at a significant rate and are very likely to increase in their frequency and intensity”.

Dublin Bay’s average sea level “appears to be rising faster than initially forecast and has risen by twice the global average in the past 20 years”, while the number of days with heavy rainfall and the number of extreme flooding events has risen in the past decade.

Read more via the Irish Times…