Ireland "must do more to tackle global warming"

Minister accepts need for further action as EPA highlights ongoing climate change impacts

Irish environment minister Martin Cullen today admitted a need for further measures to restrain Ireland's fast-growing greenhouse gas emissions. Mr Cullen was commenting at the launch of a report by the Irish environmental protection agency (EPA) showing significant climatic change in Ireland over recent decades.

Current Irish climate policy is encapsulated in a strategy published two years ago (EED 03/11/00). As recently as this summer Mr Cullen's predecessor Noel Dempsey suggested that "full and active" implementation of the strategy would enable Ireland to meet its Kyoto target of limiting growth in greenhouse gases to 13% above 1990 levels by 2008-12 (EED 03/06/02).

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