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Issue 35 - May 2015

When it comes to the bulk of Lebanon’s emissions, the electricity sector takes the prize with around 50%. The residential and commercial sectors are reported to consume more than 80% of the electricity. But the shares of electricity usage for the commercial sector are unknown, which is why an assessment was conducted for energy consumption and mitigation initiatives in the commercial and institutional sectors in Lebanon. The results are as follow: the commercial and institutional sectors’ consumption amounts to 4,802 GWh of EDL supply which accounts for 3.1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, and 2,817 GWh from private generation which leads to an overall carbon emission of more than 2 million tonnes of CO2 annually. The total electricity consumption is of 7,620 GWh per year. These numbers might encourage businesses to run energy audits to serve two purposes: reduce their energy-related costs and reduce greenhouse gases to promote sustainability. To see which Lebanese companies are certified to perform energy audits, click here

Naharnet and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Climate Change team are proud to announce the launch of a new partnership which aims at informing you about climate change, updating you on Lebanon’s efforts in combating it and keeping you posted on relevant international studies and events. This partnership is being initiated in the wake of a very intensive climate year. 2015 will be a historic period during which countries will multiply their international discussions and national efforts to agree on how to reduce the impact of climate change. Public awareness, participation and engagement are key to aid Lebanon to contribute to the global effort when it comes to climate change. We are counting on your support. Click here for the climate change news.

Heat Island

An urban area characterized by higher temperatures since vegetation is replaced with surfaces that absorb more solar energy, which can create higher temperatures in urban areas. (EPA)

22 May, 2015

International Day for Biological Diversity, yes climate change affects that too, click here


The temperature at which human beings are most happy at, one more reason to fight climate change in Lebanon, click here
As if sea-level rise was not enough

It is a very desolate thing that happened in Nepal last month, with thousands dead across the country and up the Everest trail because of a 7.8 earthquake and avalanches in the Himalayas. What does climate change have to do with it? When it comes to avalanches, climate change might have had a helping hand: because of alterations in temperature, “changes in snow and ice are going to strongly influence the stability of snow on a slope and the possibility of an avalanche,” said American glaciologist Tad Pfeffer. To know more, click here.

Start a low-carbon footprint diet!

Turns out that the bowl of cereals you eat in the morning has the same carbon footprint as an SUV ride for 7 kilometers! The production process is so energy consuming that your bowl of coco pops has made the news: “One bowl of cereal with milk emits 1.224 kg of CO2”. To help the planet, focus on local fruits and buy national products.

The coastline where archaeological sites, beach resorts, marinas and public beaches (e.g. Ramlet el Bayda, Tyre etc.) are located, could be exposed to sea-level rise that may predictably attain a 12 to 25 cm rise by 2030 in the Mediterranean Sea. Such a rise may inflict damage on the touristic attractions due to their proximity to the shore if protective structures are not built. Sea-level rise may also affect the attractiveness of public beaches that are used by a significant proportion of the population, and cause coastal erosion and structural damage to the national archaeological heritage, inflicting higher costs to protect and maintain waterfronts (SNC, 2011).

Photo Credit: Abdel El Rahman Hassoun
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