Professor warns of climate change affect on Ireland
The problems facing the environment have been highlighted in a speech in Dublin by Professor Peter Lynch.
He also argued that it will be easier to predict problems that will occur due to the increasingly sophistication of climate change models.
According to the Irish Times, Professor Lynch, who works at University College Dublin’s Meteorology and Climate Centre, said: “We know it is warming and will continue to warm, and CO2 is the central cause, the burning of fossil fuels.
“We need to model the entire earth system because there are interactions between them. Cloud feedbacks are the largest uncertainty in the system. This really is a source of serious uncertainty.
“Being prudent is recognising the risk. We have got to reduce CO2 emissions to avoid a tipping point.”
According to the department of the environment, heritage and local government, “effective implementation of environmental controls” is a key to helping prevent climate change.