Climate Change lecture in Killarney Library

Released: 01 April 2010

Kerry possesses some of the most treasured landscapes and biodiversity in Ireland, as well as being home to important agricultural activities by virtue of its mild winters and moist summers. Climate change poses a potential threat to some of these environmental assets as well as requiring advance planning in key areas such as water supply, energy and transport. 

As part of Killarney Library Europe Direct Centre calendar of events for 2010, Killarney Library will host a lecture by renowned climate change expert, Professor John Sweeney on Tuesday, 13 April at 7.00 pm.. Entitled ‘Climate Change—a European Union perspective’ , the lecture will focus on how the EU plans to deal with climate change. 


Professor Sweeney has been a lecturer in the Geography Department in Maynooth since 1978 and is acknowledged as one of Ireland’s experts on climate change. He has been vocal on how changes in our environment have contributed to some of our greatest climatic disasters.  He is a frequent media commentator on climate change making him one of the few academics to become a household name.

The lecture in Killarney Library will examine the background to climate change at a global level, with a particular focus on how large scale global forecasts using climate models can be applied to smaller areas such as Ireland and Kerry. The impacts of climate change will then be examined. What kind of landscape do we foresee for Kerry? What kind of changes in agriculture and tourism could be envisaged? How can we position Ireland to not suffer from future climate change?

Europe Direct centres were set up by the European Commission to provide Irish people with access to information about the European Union.  Last year Killarney Library was designated a Europe Direct Centre for the South West region.  It provides information on all aspects of EU activities, how it affects citizens, how people can benefit from Europe and how citizens can have input on issues.

Members of the public can drop in to Killarney Library pick up leaflets, brochures and books, as well as surfing EU websites and dialling the EU freephone information line. Trained staff members will also be on hand to answer queries.  All are welcome to attend this lecture which is free of charge.  Light refreshments will be served on the night.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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