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Issue 34 - April 2015

Awareness is THE key component to combat climate change. And the more of you know about it and advocate it, the more we can avoid its negative impacts. Case in point, the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture has stepped up and is ready to fight climate change! The Ministry is aware of the risks, and is pushing for Conservation Agriculture (CA), described by Cornell University as “a set of soil management practices that minimize the disruption of the soil's structure, composition and natural biodiversity. CA has proven potential to improve crop yields, while improving the long-term environmental and financial sustainability of farming”. Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb stressed that “sustainable agricultural practices will put an end to the depletion of natural resources, waste of water, soil erosion and will increase investment and reduce production costs”. Awareness leads to mainstreaming, and the more climate change is mainstreamed, improved and conscious planning can come through. CA is one of the first technologies selected in the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) for the agricultural sector. To know more about it and other technologies, click here

By now you know that the impacts of climate change will affect Lebanon across many sectors, whether it’s water, agriculture, health, tourism or forestry. But do you actually know what is the cost of inaction? For example, how much extra money would a family have to pay in 50 years’ time on tomatoes or cherries? The changing climate will alter the farming conditions, and it will be more expensive to produce because of water scarcity and temperature changes. Well, a vulnerability and adaptation (V&A) study has been launched to assess those costs in Lebanon. In order to optimize its relevance, the assessment took off with a stakeholder consultation where opinions were conveyed on the methodology in relation to local reality. The study is expected to be ready by the end of the year where it will be added to Lebanon’s Third National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and will be an efficient argument for policy making. To know more about the impacts of climate change on Lebanon in the future, click here.

Earth Hour
The hour of the year where over 170 cities turn off their lights to promote climate change awarness
22 April 2015

Earth Day

The temperature in Antarctica on March 24, 2015, hotter than New York City (Vice News)
Just because you don't believe it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist!

Unbelievable yes, but they did it. The State of Florida has banned the term “climate change” from being used, as ordered by the governor’s office who states that climate change is not a true fact. This cannot be more ironic as Florida is very exposed to climate change-induced sea level rise. This is a step backwards; instead of equipping the state with adaptation measures to avoid the worst, this! Click here for the article.

California's water, brought to you by Ice Age

California’s drought will be talked about as one of the first major ones. They are facing a drought so severe that they are pumping water which is over 20,000 years old, from the last ice age. They are depleting reserves which have never been tapped into. “What I see going on is a future disaster. You are removing water that’s been there a long, long time. And it will probably take a long time to replace it. We are mining water that cannot be readily replaced,” states a hydrologist from the Central Valley. Click here for the driest article. 

How can climate change affect our Cedars? Well, for the symbolic tree to multiply and spread, they need bees to transport the seeds. However, a warmer climate is causing a change in the bees' natural habitats. This will widely alter the Cedar forests' size in the future. 

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