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"There are places that we simply will not be able to defend."

Ireland is facing a growing threat with climate change, as the entire world battles global warming and rising sea levels.


Rising sea levels caused by climate change will force some Irish people out of their homes, a Minister has warned. Junior Minister Patrick O'Donovan warned "there are places that we simply will not be able to defend" against floods. He told RTE: "We have to start a very serious conversation in relation to climate adaptation... "We will have, unfortunately, in this country some people who will have to leave their homes because of climate change. We don't yet [have a number] but there are places that we simply will not be able to defend."


Part of Dublin will be at serious risk of flooding in just eight years if drastic action is not taken.

The latest information from Climate Central shows the areas of Dublin that are likely to have major flooding problems in the coming years, if sea levels continue to rise at the current rate.


It's impossible to predict exactly what's going to happen to the capital over the coming years, but a website called Climate Central has a handy map that can give you an idea of what could be down the line.


While efforts are underway to slow down the change, we're still faced with a huge risk. Parts of Dublin are already beginning to disappear to the sea, such as the Portrane coastline.

2030

Some of the most at risk areas include Portrane, which is already show bad effects from coastal erosion.

Other areas at risk include all of the Dublin Port area, and favourite sunshine spots such as Sutton, Baldoyle and Portmarnock.


2050

Twenty years on, Malahide will now be even more at risk and the water level will be rising high enough to impact parts of the city centre.

Even some of the best parts of Skerries will be underwater, with Lambay Island now at threat.


2100

Another 50 years, and much of Dublin's coastline as we know it today will have disappeared.

Along the River Liffey in Dublin city centre will be affected as far as the Phoenix Park, and even parts of the M1 will be underwater.



If water level rises 5ft


Once again, areas that are right on the coastline are most at risk including Portmarnock and Dublin Port. North Bull Island will cease to exist and Donabate and Portrane's coastline will practically disappear.


If water level rises 10ft

The water level will have risen along the River Liffey as far as the Phoenix Park. Dublin Port will have disappeared and water will have gone as far as Fairview, with parts of Ballsbridge even becoming a thing of the past.

There will no longer be a Forty Foot for swimmers to take a quick dip whether warm or cold.

North Dublin past Swords will have completely disappeared, and large parts of Dublin city centre including Henry Street won't be there any longer.

Check out www.climatecentral.org.




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