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Follow us @climatechangelb                       Issue 38 - August 2015 

As a way to spread the adoption of rainwater harvesting from greenhouse tops and showcase Lebanon’s effort in climate change adaptation, the climate change team has produced a video documenting the success of the first pilot site of rainwater collection in Choueifat. The video, as part of the #ClimateIsWater campaign initiated by the global Alliance4Water, adds Lebanon on the list of vulnerable countries that are actively working on adapting to climate change, with the hope that sharing this success story will encourage farmers across the country and the region to adopt such innovative technologies. Click here to see the climate change team’s video of the Choueifat site’s success.


As a first time in the history of the UNFCCC, developing countries, including Lebanon, are asked to make concrete commitments, also referred to as Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.  Lebanon’s formulation of its INDC crossed yet another milestone with a multi-sectoral high level meeting with all relevant ministries. This collaboration was reinforced during a workshop on July 28th, 2015 where stakeholders discussed and agreed on an ambitious, realistic and achievable INDC. Work to quantify Lebanon’s contribution is still underway, and is expected to be submitted before COP21 in Paris. To access the summary report, click here.


a method of extracting oil or gas from a layer of rock by drilling and creating cracks (Macmillan Dictionary) 


Negotiations pick up again in Bonn at the ADP 2-10 session


Gg of CO2eq.

Lebanon's net GHG emissions for 2011


You’ll be hearing from my lawyer

Dutch citizens took the government to court, and won. They thought Netherlands’ emissions reduction target was not proportionate to the threat caused by climate change and that the people in charge had to step it up. The judges agreed and almost doubled that number. To rub salt in the wound, the government even had to reimburse Urgenda, the group that brought the suit, the costs relating to the lawsuit. At this rate, governments everywhere should be trembling with fear of being taken to court for negligence i.e. not setting ambitious emissions reduction targets. Click here for more.

Losing historical ground

Rising sea levels are eating away at coastal sites, increased rainfall is eroding mud-brick ruins, creeping desert sands are blasting the traces of ancient civilizations, and the melting of ice is causing millennia-old organic remains to rot. The past is written in pencil and climate change is one mean eraser. Archaeologists, the not-so-modern-day heroes, are scrambling to document sites before they disappear. For more drama, click here

Climate change for bookworms:

 THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, CAPITALISM vs THE CLIMATE by Naomi Klein (Introduction, pages 24 to 28)

The energy sector is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in Lebanon. In turn, higher temperatures caused by climate change will increase electricity consumption and disruption adding to the already existing strain on power. This will worsen the energy crisis in Lebanon by enlarging the wedge between supply and demand.

Photo Credit: Sam Tarling

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