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New Report: Emerald Isle At Risk Of Turning Brown

March 17, 2008

Palo Alto, CA - How long will the "Emerald Isle" merit that moniker? A report released just before St. Patrick's Day finds Ireland is already showing the effects of climate change, and it calls for action here in the United States to help keep Irish landscapes from browning.

The report, announced by the Irish-American Climate Project, says Ireland is already showing signs of global warming. Its average temperatures are increasing at a much faster rate than the global average. Report co-author Kevin Sweeney predicts periods of drought followed by severe rain that could dramatically change the island's landscape.

"You'll have steady rains or heavy rains in the winter leading to what are now called 'bog bursts,' where you have whole hillsides sliding down. It looks very much like a California mudslide, but it really is peat sliding down a hill. It leaves a scar you can see from several miles away."

The report also warns that climate change may damage Ireland's famed potato crops and salmon fisheries. Sweeney says Californians can help keep Ireland green by making "green" energy choices here at home and by changing state and federal energy policies.

Erin Kassoy with the Alliance for Climate Protection, Palo Alto, agrees. He says it's easy for individuals to make such choices, but they also must keep the pressure on their government officials.

"The most important thing Californians can do is to continue to tell our leaders we think global warming is urgent and solvable and that we want them to take strong actions to help halt global warming."

The complete report is available online, at

Lori Abbott/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - CA