Leading environmental activist delivers stark warning ahead of Omagh discussion, writes Emmet McElhatton A leading Irish voice on climate change has urged local people to lose their “indifference” to the dangers facing our planet. Fr Sean McDonagh is a Columban priest and eco-theologian who has repeatedly urged the Catholic Church to make the climate crisis a “top priority”. Advertisement He will arrive in Omagh next Wednesday evening to commence a series of environmental talks at the Sacred Heart Church. Fr McDonagh (pictured) spent more than 30 years as a missionary in the Philippines, where he watched the destruction of tropical forests with terrible ecological consequences. His experience led him to publish his first book on climate change way back in 1986, which was titled, ‘To Care For The Earth – A Call to a New Theology’. Since then, he has published ten books on the issue. Fr Sean McDonagh. Speaking to the Ulster Herald this … [Read more...] about Wake up to climate change!
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Turkey increasingly feels the adverse effects of climate change daily. The number and severity of meteorological and hydrological disasters including storms, torrents, floods, hail, heavy snow, droughts and forest fires has significantly risen across Turkey, which sits on a large mass of land and in various climate zones. Over the last decade, the number of reported hydro-meteorological disasters has doubled in Turkey, amounting to nearly 600. Such disasters cause a great deal of loss of life and property. The Düzce flood Caused by heavy rains, the flood and landslides had a profound impact on the city of Düzce on July 17 and 18. Some 262 people were rescued from the flood water from rooftops and trees. As a result of search efforts, seven people, including four children who had been reported missing in the district of Akçakoca and Cumayeri, were sadly found dead. The disaster also had an enormous adverse impact on infrastructure and the local economy. Almost 500 … [Read more...] about Adapting to climate change is not optional
Icelandic political and cultural figures joined scientists and activists in a ceremony to commemorate the loss of Okjokull, or Ok, which was once a thriving glacial mass spanning 16 square kilometres.Anthropologists at Rice University in Texas came up with the idea of a holding a memorial for the glacier, which was declared dead five years ago, while making a documentary about its passing in 2018.“Part of the ceremony felt like a funeral … in that many people expressed their grief, sadness and concern during the hike up the mountain and also at the ceremony itself,” says Dominic Boyer, who filmed the documentary, Not Ok with his Rice University colleague Cymene Howe.The bronze plaque laid at the site of the former glacier also serves as a letter to future generations, lamenting the fact that all of Iceland’s 400-plus glaciers are in recession.“From Reykjavik you can see Snæfellsjökull, which is probably the most famous glacier in Iceland – … [Read more...] about Iceland marks death of first glacier due to climate change
A new study has found the climate is changing at a pace faster than what some animals are adapting, leaving their long-term survival in doubt. The research, published in Nature Communication, found that while some species are changing their seasonal life cycles in response to rising temperatures, the rate in which this is occurring is not at a pace which would "guarantee the long-term persistence of some populations". One million species at 'imminent' risk of extinction due to humans - UN report Climate change and the rural way of life Conor Whitten: Facts of climate change can’t be denied The European authors, including from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, reviewed more than 10,000 scientific abstracts and data from 71 published studies, with a particular focus on the response of birds to climate change. Animals identified by the German study as at risk include the European roe deer, song sparrow, common murre and Eurasian magpie. The researchers … [Read more...] about Animals not adapting quickly enough to climate change
A RECENT study by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has warned that potential increases in the global temperature could affect Spain’s industries greatly, particularly in agriculture and construction.The ILO uses the term Thermal Stress, to describe the difficulties faced by the workers in these sectors when working in extreme heat and without the possibility of shelter from the sun.The data revealed has come after a 17-year-old boy died after working the fields in the direct sunlight in Cordoba. The study suggested that productivity will decrease by 2.2 per cent due to increasing temperatures, which in turn translates to an estimated 80 million full time jobs worldwide.The delegation of these jobs in European countries varies, however Spain is the hardest hit with an estimated equivalent to 7,700 jobs.The hardest hit sectors will be agriculture and construction, with the agriculture industry making up around 60 per cent of the affected roles. Other industries affected … [Read more...] about Spain could lose out hugely due to Climate Change