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Follow us @climatechangelb                                   Issue 37 - July 2015

By now you know that Lebanon is in the process of preparing three Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for the waste, transport and forestry sectors. The transport NAMA kick-off meeting was conducted on June 9, 2015 at the Ministry of Environment. The transport NAMA idea (Market Transformation for Fuel Efficient and Hybrid Vehicles) was presented along with the expected greenhouse gas emission reductions which would result from it if implemented. The wide variety of experts ensured comprehensive input to the process; representatives from several ministries, the Lebanese Petroleum Administration, the Association of Cars Importers, the Civic Influence Hub, the Central Bank and private banks, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), universities and more gave constructive feedback on how to better cater the NAMA according to national circumstances. To access the full report, click here.

In the wake of this very climate-oriented year, we cannot help but hear the voice of the climate skeptics. “A “Climate Change Skeptic” is someone who believes, in the context of climate change, that the human influence on the climate has been dramatically overplayed compared to natural processes and other external influences” (EcoWho). So in other words, the changing climate is believed to be due to natural cycles. First, science shows that this massive CO2 atmospheric concentration IS human-induced; second, the solutions to combat climate change go hand in hand with sustainable development. Is anyone against that? Click on this link to view interesting timelines to compare and contrast natural and human contributions to changes in temperature.

Abrupt climate change

sudden (on the order of decades), large changes in some major component of the climate system, with rapid, widespread effects (EPA)
28 July, 2015

INDC kick-off meeting @ Radisson Blu


estimated number of deaths to date caused by the 2015 heat wave in Pakistan, click here for more details about Pakistan and more

Climate change is papal too

Even the Pope is talking about climate change! In his message to the world in the “Laudato si”, he calls for the end of the tyrannical exploitation of nature by humankind. A core message was the link between the poor and the devastating climate change impacts, stressing that tackling climate change will benefit the planet in more ways than one. And we agree. To know more, click here.

The future is here

“Solar Impulse, the only airplane of perpetual endurance able to fly day and night on solar power without a drop of fuel, has completed the longest leg of its flight around the world”, which is from Japan to Hawaii. The total journey is around 35,000 km. The excitement of the first plane created in 1903 is here again. Click here to know more.

Higher temperature, reduced precipitation and high evapotranspiration resulting from climate change will heavily affect the Lebanese agricultural sector. Soil moisture will decrease and aridity will increase thus affecting the overall agricultural yield of crops. Lebanese agriculture will experience a decrease in productivity for most of the crops and fruit trees targeting mostly wheat, tomatoes, cherries, apples, olives and grapes.

Photo Credit: Maya

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