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Follow us @climatechangelb                            Issue 40 - October 2015
Lebanon has submitted its INDC! Despite its low share of global emissions (0.07%), Lebanon plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% conditional on the provision of international support and by a minimum of 15% unconditionally, both by 2030 relative to a business-as-usual scenario.

Amid regional turmoil and political instability, Lebanon has managed to present fair and ambitious targets ahead of the decisive COP21 climate agreement in December 2015.

This INDC is  a dual opportunity for Lebanon to contribute to an international effort and to work towards its own sustainable development. It is – in short – a flare of hope amidst ongoing struggles.
Coral bleaching
if water is too warm, coral will expel the algae living in their tissues and turns completely white
21 October 2015

70th Anniversary of the United Nations

30%



Lebanon’s target for reducing emissions by 2030
Blob alert

The ‘cold blob’ in this picture is a bad omen rather than a silver living; it could be a sign that the Atlantic Ocean’s circulation has started giving in. Climate change is happening and it is happening now. Click here to see the picture. 
Painful cheating

Volkswagen rigged its cars with “defeat devices” that sensed when emissions testing was underway and reduced the vehicle's emissions; but on the road it was doing 10 to 40 times the legal amount. This little stunt could end up costing them over $18 billion. Ouch.

Climate change for bookworms:

Armageddon Science: The Science of Mass Destruction by Brian Clegg (Chapter Four, pages 136 to 137)
The forestry sector in Lebanon acts as a CO2 sink and it's about to get larger as the Ministry of Agriculture launches a reforestation project for 40 million trees.

Photo Credit: safarilebanon.com
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