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Issue #28 September 2014

The Institute of Environment at the University of Balamand has launched a beta firelab web application which “produces detailed wildfire reports at both the country and village levels”. As an impact of climate change, forest fires are a considerable risk to our ecosystem and safety. This application complements the USDAID project: "Towards a better assessment and management of wildfire risk in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) in Lebanon: gaining from the US experience" project. The objective of this endeavor is the identification of the areas most prone to wildfire risk due to “changing fuel conditions, land-use and climate warming” through modeling. In turn this will allow improved urban planning management and better prevention measures. To know more about this initiative, click here.

We all know the 12% renewable energy in the energy mix commitment, but the steps to reach it are a bit unclear. Now, there is somewhere to start; a cost optimization model has been developed by the UNDP CCCU project at MoE and the UNDP project at MoF to determine the optimal renewable energy mix based on a cost criterion using three technologies: hydropower, windpower and solar energy. The study then analyzes different scenarios while calculating the cost to the Lebanese economy and the government. After the results are presented, the study offers policy suggestions to follow through with the best scenario. To access the study, please click here

Gigatonne Gap

How much countries have pledged to cut carbon and what the science says is needed to avoid devastating global warming (The Telegraph, 2011)

24 & 25 September – Advanced UNFCCC Negotiations Training @ Crowne Plaza Hotel

26 September - Roundtable meeting on “Technical and financial supported provided to industrial establishments” @ Crowne Plaza Hotel

It is the percentage rise in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between the years 1750 and 2011 (IPCC, 2013)
Tough times, tough measures

Eight Caribbean countries have purchased an “excess rainfall” insurance coverage developed by Swiss RE. A consequence of climate change, extreme rainfall in short periods of time incurs large damages to individuals, property and infrastructure. Therefore, in order to be safe from colossal losses, the new trend is to fiscally adapt to climate change, and get insured! Click here for more.

Ants and carbon absorption?

An American scientist named Dorn has accidentally discovered that ants speed up the rock absorption of carbon dioxide to form limestone, sometimes up to 335 times. It is unsure how the little insects do this yet, but offsetting carbon emissions could get a little more original: all is needed is a fence, outside your home, “coated with calcium or magnesium and inhabited by a colony of ants”. Click here to know more.

Suggestion: Ne mettez jamais d'aliments chauds ou tièdes dans votre réfrigérateur (ni dans votre congélateur), une quantité d'énegie supplémentaire sera consommée pour les refroidir. 

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