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Ireland approves wall at Trump golf course - report

Trump International Doonbeg Golf Course, undated photo from the course's website. 

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Last Updated Dec 21, 2017 12:35 PM EST

Ireland on Thursday approved a the construction of a sea wall at the Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg, a golf course owned by the Trump organization owned by President Trump, Reuters reported Thursday. Environmental groups are concerned the wall could damage wildlife habitats.

Two sea barriers, 630 meters and 260 meters long have been approved, Clare County said in a statement, according to Reuters, which also reported local environmental groups had raised a number of objections to the plan.

Over a year ago, Mr. Trump applied for the permit to build a sea wall to prevent erosion. In May 2016, Politico reported that his application included an environmental impact statement that explicitly mentioned "global warming and its effects." The statement reportedly said that rising sea levels in the region could accelerate erosion.

President Trump used to call the evidence that humans are responsible for climate change a "hoax," and this year he announced that the U.S. would not comply with the Paris climate agreement. However, in June, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told CBS News' "Face the Nation," "The president believes the climate is changing, and he does know that pollutants are a part of that equation."