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Revealed: Seven of Northern Ireland’s 10 hottest years recorded since 1997

 

Portstewart Strand , 2006
Portstewart Strand , 2006
Helen’s Bay, 2014

By Mark McConville

Environmentalists have warned that Northern Ireland is facing a "climate emergency" after it emerged that seven of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred since 1997.

According to the Met Office, the hottest year dating back to 1884 was 2007, with an average mean temperature of 9.78 degrees Celsius.

Second on the list was 2006 (9.65C), followed by 2014 (9.59C), 2005 (9.58C), 1949 (9.57C), 1997 (9.54C), 2017 (9.49C), 1945 (9.46C), 2004 (9.44C) and 1921 (9.41C).

Declan Allison, a campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said the report, which is published in the International Journal of Climatology, was further evidence that Northern Ireland was "heading in the wrong direction".

He said: "Recently we've seen new roads, a new gas-fired power station, facilities for climate wrecking cruise ships, and applications for new oil and gas exploration licences. We must halt all new fossil fuel developments, move to public transport, walking and cycling, and make every building energy efficient.

"We must revolutionise agriculture, re-wild the countryside, and bring nature back to our towns and cities.

"We've known for a long time that temperatures are rising, and that human activity, like burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests, and industrial agriculture, is responsible.

"The extreme weather events that are being experienced all across the planet are becoming the new norm. We must drastically cut our greenhouse gases in the next few years if we are to avoid the worst impacts."

He added: "We are facing a climate emergency. We must act like it. Nothing less than a complete restructuring of our economy and society will do."

The 10 hottest years in the UK as a whole have all occurred since 2002 while none of the coldest years have occurred since 1963, showing how the climate is warming. The records show 1892 as the coldest year, with the average temperature of just over 7C.

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