Climate change will make Ireland less green, says well-timed report
It’s St. Patty’s day — so you just knew someone would do a study on the impact of climate change on Ireland, didn’t you? Sure enough, the Irish American Climate Project has issued a report entitled “Changing Shades of Green,” warning that decreased rainfall could necessitate a nickname change for the Emerald Isle, and summer droughts could bring about Potato Famine II. “You tell people in Dublin that the climate might be like the Mediterranean coast and their initial reaction is, ‘So what? That’ll be nice in the summer,'” says project leader Kevin Sweeney. “Then in about five minutes, it sinks in. And these same people are like, ‘Oh my God, that won’t be same Ireland anymore.'” Insert cheesy “bad luck o’ the Irish” joke here.