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Changing climates, changing communities


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"Changing Climates, Changing Communities" is a talk that I gave as part of the "Imagining the Future" Seamus Heaney Lecture Series in St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland in February 2013
Ciarán Cuffe, February 2013

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Changing climates, changing communities

  1. Imagining the FutureSeamus Heaney Lecture SeriesSt. Patrick’s College DrumcondraChanging Climates, Changing CommunitiesCiarán Cuffe, February 2013
  2. Imagining the FutureSeamus Heaney Lecture SeriesSt. Patrick’s College Drumcondra
  3. “The three-tongued glacier has begun to melt.What will we do, they ask, when boulder-miltComes wallowing across the delta flatsAnd the miles-deep shag-ice makes its move?”
  4. Millmount Avenue 2002
  5. Millmount Terrace 2002
  6. John Tyndall1820-1893Born Leighlinbridge, CarlowIrish PhysicistAlpine MountaineerRoyal Institution, LondonHeat, Sound, Light,Proved greenhouse effect
  7. Charles Keeling1928-2005Born Scranton, PennsylvaniaAmerican scientistClassical Pianist and SpatialPlannerScripps Institute and MaunaLoa, USAMeasured CO2 increases
  8. Keeling Curve
  9.  Sea level rise is expected to continue for centuries. In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projected that during the 21st century, sea level will rise another 18 to 59 cm, but …
  10.  …these numbers do not include "uncertainties in climate-carbon cycle feedbacks nor do they include the full effects of changes in ice sheet flow" More recent projections assessed by the US National Research Council suggest possible sea level rise over the 21st century of between 56 and 200 cm
  11.  A sea-level rise of just 400 mm in the Bay of Bengal would put 11 percent of the Bangladeshs coastal land underwater, creating 7–10 million climate refugees
  12. COP 15, Copenhagen
  13. 1. International2. European Union3. National4. Local Authority5. Community
  14. EU Coordination COP 16, Cancun
  15. ESPON Climate Impacts, EU
  16. Climate Campaigning, 2005
  17. Irish Energy Flows, 2007
  18. Irish Carbon Abatement Cost Curve, 2007
  19. Mud Island, Community Garden, Dublin City
  20. Community Play Area, Freiburg, Germany
  21. Wind turbines and farm land, France
  22.  We have entered the Anthropocene, a period where vulnerable coastal cities are flooded, fertile lands submerged, and crops fail. Many regions will have to stage a managed retreat from low-lying coastal towns and countryside. The young will not forgive what we forgive. It is time to act.
  23. Bryan, J. (2013) Growing the Agri-Food Sector Sustainably (online) Available 11th February 2013)Elliot, L (2013) IMF sees hope beyond the crisis but cuts world growth predictions.(online) Available (accessed 11th February 2013)Lagarde, C. (2013) A New Global Economy for a New Generation (online) Available (accessed 11 February2013)National Economic & Social Council (2012) Towards a New National ClimatePolicy: Interim Report of the NESC Secretariat. Dublin: NESC.World Bank (2012) Turning Down the Heat -Why a 4° Warmer World Must beAvoided. Washington: World Bank.