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Many of Illinois’ “Irish Eyes” Are Not Smiling About St. Patrick’s Day Report

March 17, 2008

Chicago, IL – "Erin go...brown?" A St. Patrick's Day report warns it could happen. As Illinois residents celebrate the "green" spirit today, a new study finds that climate change is already disrupting Ireland's normal rainfall patterns and boosting its average temperatures. It's a recipe that could alter the country's legendary green landscape.

The topic should be a sensitive one in a state that's home to one of the largest Irish-American populations in the country. Report co-author Kevin Sweeney, with the Irish-American Climate Project, says Illinois residents can do their part to help, including reducing their use of fossil fuels.

"If you're Irish and you care about Ireland, there are changes you, and all of us, can make. We can reduce the amount of energy we use in the U.S., and we can change the kind of energy we consume."

Climate change is a controversial topic; some scientists say it's a natural warming process and human action is not to blame. Sweeney, however, says landscapes in Ireland are already becoming scarred by the effects of climate change.

"Steady rains or heavy rains in the winter are leading to what are now called 'bog bursts,' when whole hillsides slide down. It looks very much like a California mudslide."

The full report is available online, at www.climateofhope.org.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IL