A not-so-green Ireland in future

Ireland may be losing its green, say the Irish Meteorological Service. Though famous for its green fields (and rain), climate change means the country will see up to 20% less rain in the summers, leaving the fields brown – as earlier this year.

Winter rainfall will increase by up to 14%. With fields drying out, farmers may have to import feed and fodder, as they did this year, costing the country’s agricultural sector – a major part of its economy – dearly. Warming will also have an impact on the wildlife, particularly insects, trees, and birds.