Engineers urge government to act on climate change

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Ireland risks social and economic disaster from climate change unless the government takes urgent action, according to the Irish Academy of Engineers.

In a new report the group says delivering critical infrastructure must be prioritised, otherwise the country risks polluted drinking water, extensive flood damage and power blackouts.

Ireland risks social and economic disaster from climate change unless the government takes urgent action, according to the Irish Academy of Engineers.

In a new report the group says delivering critical infrastructure must be prioritised, otherwise the country risks polluted drinking water, extensive flood damage and power blackouts.

Today the academy will publish a 40-page report on climate change impacts, following discussions between 60 researchers, engineers, scientists and policy experts.

Among the dangers highlighted, the report says if we do not protect our cities, we will not be able to insure them, and our water sources are at risk from floods and droughts.

The group points out that Holland is spending €1.5bn each year on adapting to climate change and Ireland needs to act now.

The academy warns that failure to do so will put Ireland's society and economy at an unacceptable risk.

(c) RTE

Last modified on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 11:53

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Michael ONeill
#5 Michael ONeill 2010-01-28 15:00
Is most of Ireland below sea level?

No.

We need a comprehensive network of SW drainage and storage facilities (i) to ensure potential floodwaters bypass places of known flood risk on their way to the sea and (ii) that significant new reservoirs for freshwater storage are constructed to accommodate our needs. Talk of water conservation only goes so far in meeting the needs of an urban centre and alleged allocations of funds will do little without a design overview and agreed strategy for all regions affected by both water shortages and flooding.
heinbloed
#4 heinbloed 2009-11-19 13:30
Imagine OUR engineers would have to face the bills caused by their incompetence.Th ere would be hardly be any left to walk around freely.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/us/19orleans.html?_r=1&hpw
heinbloed
#3 heinbloed 2009-11-18 15:57
P.S.
Here are some pictures on how modern flood protection looks like:
http://www.worldofstock.com/closeups/TAI2027.php

as well as

http://www.travelpod.com/travel-photo/scottshangguan/2/1206499920/the-long-stairs-to-fengdu.jpg/tpod.html

The times of dykes and sluices to protect habitated places is a thing of the past. What we're confronted with is too much for even the Dutch engineers, the old solutions are outdated, useless, helpless. Hence the huge spendings in Holland and the little results so far. The Netherlands have NO plan how to cope with 5-7m sea water level rising. Absolute nothing, helemal niks......but the Irish Engineer's Academy isn't interested in sustainable solutions, their wages they're after..... Otherwise they would have presented a plan, wouldn't they?!
heinbloed
#2 heinbloed 2009-11-18 15:38
Qote:
"Engineers urge government to act on climate change" and further
"The academy warns that failure to do so will put Ireland's society and economy at an unacceptable risk. "

Now, all Irish climate demaging structures, be it roads, factories, power plants, cities, oil and gas platforms, coal keys etc... have been designed by members of this funny society, directly or indirectly(zoni ng). And they want US to bail out these irresponsibel designes for which they took money already.....
And telling us that the fossiles of the IEA are urging us to do so..... The opposite is true, the IEA is doing everything to play
down the consequences of bad engineering.....

What's about immediate action? Let's confiscate the bounty which these engineers have accumulated and put them into boot camps, give them shovels and spades. To make up for at least some of the demage they have caused whilest satisfying their short sighted greed.

Cities can not be build into concrete shafts.
Contact the planners of the Yang-Tse weir and see how they tackle flooding problems.

The electricity generated by the Yang-Tse weir wouldn't be enough to keep ventilation and water pumps running allowing these cities to exist. And the Yang-Tse is a puddle compared to the combinatied forces of the seven seas by which Ireland is surrounded....
And our organised intellectuals of the engineering industry come up with the Dutch idea of the 12th century, shovel and spades wielded by slaves....
Why should we throw good money after bad,employing the devils to save our souls?!

The force of the oceans can't be stopped.
Better get out of the way, as most engineers of the big cities suffering under an Anglican education system (20-25% adult illiteracy rate!) already do. Dhaka,Hongkong, Dheli etc. are already planning the evacuation.
New cities need to be build. Better keep the money together and don't throw it after the bad, after the engineers of the past.

Imagine the energetic potential of ex-harbour towns when flooded by the tides, huge power plants could be build by making use of Dublin's buildings when demolished(that 's what the Dutch are doing b.t.w.), screened and sorted.

But we better employe for this job engineers with experience!
Chinese engineers are allowed to work abroad. For a fraction of Irish wages (energy!) they might deliver a better solution then their Irish counter parts. Able to work in a team for the sake of society, not for the sake of some off-shore accounts (smiley).....
heinbloed
#1 heinbloed 2009-11-18 15:37
Qote:
"Engineers urge government to act on climate change" and further
"The academy warns that failure to do so will put Ireland's society and economy at an unacceptable risk. "

Now, all Irish climate demaging structures, be it roads, factories, power plants, cities, oil and gas platforms, coal keys etc... have been designed by members of this funny society, directly or indirectly(zoni ng). And they want US to bail out these irresponsibel designes for which they took money already.....
And telling us that the fossiles of the IEA are urging us to do so..... The opposite is true, the IEA is doing everything to play
down the consequences of bad engineering.....

What's about immediate action? Let's confiscate the bounty which these engineers have accumulated and put them into boot camps, give them shovels and spades. To make up for at least some of the demage they have caused whilest satisfying their short sighted greed.

Cities can not be build into concrete shafts.
Contact the planners of the Yang-Tse weir and see how they tackle flooding problems.

The electricity generated by the Yang-Tse weir wouldn't be enough to keep ventilation and water pumps running allowing these cities to exist. And the Yang-Tse is a puddle compared to the combinatied forces of the seven seas by which Ireland is surrounded....
And our organised intellectuals of the engineering industry come up with the Dutch idea of the 12th century, shovel and spades wielded by slaves....
Why should we throw good money after bad,employing the devils to save our souls?!

The force of the oceans can't be stopped.
Better get out of the way, as most engineers of the big cities suffering under an Anglican education system (20-25% adult illiteracy rate!) already do. Dhaka,Hongkong, Dheli etc. are already planning the evacuation.
New cities need to be build. Better keep the money together and don't throw it after the bad, after the engineers of the past.

Imagine the energetic potential of ex-harbour towns when flooded by the tides, huge power plants could be build by making use of Dublin's buildings when demolished(that 's what the Dutch are doing b.t.w.), screened and sorted.

But we better employe for this job engineers with experience!
Chinese engineers are allowed to work abroad. For a fraction of Irish wages (energy!) they might deliver a better solution then their Irish counter parts. Able to work in a team for the sake of society, not for the sake of some off-shore accounts (smiley).....

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