Large parts of Dundalk could be under water if the earth warms by 2C in the next few years
Large parts of Dundalk and Co Louth would be under water if if the earth warms by 2C.
A new landmark report has warned that thousands of homes and businesses across Ireland will be submerged in water if global temperatures continue to rise.
Among the local areas at risk include the whole of the Avenue Road, Coes Road, Inner Relief Road, parts of Hill Street and the Ardee Road and even a large portion of the Castletown Road and Newry Road.
Large parts of Blackrock and Dromiskin would also be impacted, not to mention numerous areas of the Cooley Peninsula.
Over 100 scientists from 36 countries have released the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.
The report predicts sea levels could rise over one metre by the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.
It’s estimated the world is 1.2C hotter than in pre-industrial times.
Scientists say it’s crucial the rise in temperatures stays under 1.5C – but that the world is heading for a 3C rise.
Now a new online map by Climate Change entitled Surging Seas, shows parts of Louth, Dublin, Galway and Cork, among many other coastal areas, under water if sea levels continue to rise.
A worrying report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed the ocean is absorbing 90% of global warming with massive consequences.
It said if the damage continues at this rate, extreme sea levels that occurred every 100 years could happen once a year by 2050.
In Ireland, this means weather like the infamous Beast Of The East and Storm Emma that shut the country down last year could become more common.
Co-author of the IPCC report, Bruce Glavovic, said: “Regardless of emissions scenarios, we face a world of higher sea levels.
“It doesn’t take a big rise in sea level to lead to catastrophic problems.
“Sea level rise is not a slow onset problem – it’s a crisis of extreme weather events.”