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Issue #31 December 2014
Ban Ki Moon, presidents and ministers from all four corners of the globe and 7,000 official delegates from over 190 countries were there. The 20th Conference of Parties (COP 20) was held in Lima for 14 days where countries agreed after late night negotiations on the submission of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as the foundation for the Paris 2015 agreement. Consensus was reached on how adaptation, finance commitments and mitigation ambition will be presented in the INDC draft decision. The Lebanese delegation participated and voiced its concern on the country's need to adapt, while doing its best in reducing greenhouse gases. 
As to convey this message further, the Lebanese delegation along with the Issam Fares Institute at AUB and the Sao Paolo University held a side event at COP 20 titled: "Economic Repercussions of Climate Change on Vital Sectors of the Lebanese Economy" in order to communicate Lebanon's achievements and challenges when faced with climate change.

To access the COP 20 summary, click here. To watch the Lebanese side event footage, click here

From 8 to 35, Lebanon can be proud. This year, the Minister of Environment rewarded 35 institutions who reported their greenhouse gas emissions to the Ministry of Environment compared to only 8 last year. This follows an MoE decision (99/1) that was issued in 2013 to engage Lebanese institutions to report their emissions in order to make an easier, more accurate and transparent reporting to the UNFCCC. Interested to report your 2014 emissions for next year?
Click here to access the excel sheet which includes guidelines. To watch the news coverage of the event, click here.


NCAP
Nazca Climate Action Portal: climate action portal to capture and catalyze climate action from non-state actors in support of the 2015 agreement 
Happy Holidays to All!
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Percentage of working climate scientists who reject man-made global warming (Huffington Post, 2013)
Adaptation Success in the Nation

Quinoa tastes good, quinoa is healthy and quinoa is soon getting a Lebanese passport. The Ministry of Agriculture in association with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is introducing quinoa as an resilient alternative crop in several Arab countries in order to adapt to future impacts of climate change. Quinoa originates from South America, is extremely resilient to drought, can grow at altitudes from zero to 4,000 meters above sea level and can sustain temperatures from -8 to 38 degrees Celsius. More details here.

A COP for Beavers?

Weird weird news. A recent study shows that since beaver populations have recovered from man-induced extinction, they have been contributing to climate change. Beavers create shallow ponds, "which can host growing levels of carbon as biological material accumulates on the floor. The result is methane, a greenhouse gas that doesn't dissolve in the ponds; instead, it travels into the atmosphere". To date, the totality of the ponds have released 882,000 tons of methane. Solution still pending. To know more, click here

















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