Irish businesses face torrent of change as climate crisis bites

From agriculture to energy, ambitious new targets will have far-reaching consequences

A local resident observes a large blaze approaching the village of Pefki on Evia island, Greece’s second largest island. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP via Getty

A local resident observes a large blaze approaching the village of Pefki on Evia island, Greece’s second largest island. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP via Getty

The report this week by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scared more people than any Stephen King novel, not least because it is not a work of fiction. The terrible reality of the threat to the ecological stability of the planet needs no sexing up.

The supranational group of 200 top climate scientists laid out empirically that climate change is real, advanced and “unequivocally” caused by people. It warned that ever-rising global temperatures due to emissions of carbon and other damaging gases are causing a deadly array of natural disasters.

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