Climate change adaptation policy sped up
22 August 2008, source edie newsroom
Flash floods are expected to be a more common sight as a result of climate change
Speaking after a visit to Carlow, which was under five foot of water, Mr Gormley said the severity of weather and flooding highlighted the importance of having a strategy in place.
"We are going to see more flash flooding and more storms. We need to plan accordingly," he told The Irish Times.
"There will be a 20% increase in precipitation in the future. There will be increases in wind speed and more storms.
"When it does rain it will be more heavily."
Mr Gormley also promised to fast track Euro 30m in flood relief aid.
The World Bank recently released its own climate change adaptation strategy for cities around the world, noting that flooding was likely to the biggest danger faced by coastal and riverside areas.
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