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Issue 44 - February 2016

They say that real change comes from an aware and educated new generation, so where best tackle climate change than young students? Bank Audi presents “My Carbon Footprint” online tool to compute the carbon emitted from students’ households.

The “My Carbon Footprint” project, whose pilot phase is launched in partnership with La Sagesse and Al Makassed schools, consists of two aspects: it addresses climate change whilst raising awareness among 10 to 15-year olds on the use of resources and its impact on the environment.   

An informative and fun microsite, www.my-cfp.com, was developed by Bank Audi in this respect, with a view to inducing the youth to monitor and reduce their household energy expenses and their effect on Mother Nature. The site will allow children to database their homes’ electricity, paper, gas and fuel consumption, during a period of four months starting February 1st, 2016.    

Let your kids have a go at it!

Cyrosphere

The component of the climate system consisting of all snow, ice and frozen ground (including permafrost) on and beneath the surface of the Earth and ocean
29 February, 2016

International Consultation and Analysis (ICA) of Lebanon's Biennial Update Report


24,652
Lebanon's total gross emissions of CO2eq. in 2011 (in Gg CO2eq.)
When it hits, it hits hard

"We have built cities and economies on assumptions about the seasons that may prove unstable. The best models we have now project that, as a consequence of climate change, the frequency of extreme weather events, from superstorms to droughts, will increase sharply". We're saying that because 700 years ago something really bad happened and no one is talking about it. Find out what is was.

Climate change is meddling with everything these days
When you thought climate change could not change your life more than it already will, it will also make your day longer. "As atmospheric temperature rises and ice from the poles melts into the ocean, the weight of the planet's water shifts from Earth's axis to the Equator, causing the planet's rotation to wobble and slow." Click here for more details.

  

Climatopolis: how our cities will thrive in the hotter future by Matthew E. Kahn (Chapter 3: King of the Hill, Pages 69 to 71)
 
  

Lebanon’s first snow of 2016 has been plentiful. This ensures, along with good management, freshwater availability for this summer. But with the climate changing, snow will melt earlier in the spring. These changes will affect the recharge of most springs, reduce the supply of water available for irrigation during the summer, and increase winter floods by up to 30%.

 Photo Credit: Jamal Saidi/Reuters


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