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Issue 45 - March 2016
Every once in a while, everyone needs a reality check. And that's exactly what happened in the "One Week of Climate Reality" spatial and temporal ride that jolted everyone into looking closer to the impacts of climate change, with a dollar value.

Eyes grew bigger and frowns started to show as the future has been painted with numbers from the "Economic Costs to Lebanon from Climate Change: A First Look" report, which puts a price tag on all potential adverse impacts of climate change caused by the cumulative global GHG emissions.

To give you a sneak peak, 80 billion USD is exactly how much it will cost Lebanon in 2040 in economic damages if the world does not implement quick and serious measures to reduce GHG emissions.

The numbers are too important to be kept in a drawer, so they were presented to as many audiences as possible, including; a wide dissemination for stakeholders, an academic discussion in the Holy Spirit University - Kaslik, a roundtable assessment with the leaders of tomorrow from major universities and members of Alumni Central and the Fulbright Alumni Association of Lebanon, and finally, a panel at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs of the American University of Beirut which linked COP21, the Paris Agreement, Lebanon's INDC and our future costs.

Click here to access the study.
Social Cost of Carbon
an estimate of the economic damages associated with a small increase in CO2 emissions
19 March, 2016

Earth Hour at 8:30 PM


Billion USD will be saved by Lebanon in 2040 if all nations commit to their GHG reducing targets
It's not just the government, it's everyone
In 2040, you will pay an additional expense of 1,100 USD per month due to climate change. You won't be alone since the government will have to pay 450 million USD every month as well.
Lebanon is already feeling it
And we thought this was going to happen well into the future, but no. By 2020, 35,000 deaths in Lebanon will be caused by climate change which also means that for every 1,000 persons, 6 to 7 people will die. So the more countries commit to their pledges, the less people will succumb.
Gaia Hypothesis by James Lovelock, summarized by T. Lenton, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, UK
Economic Costs to Lebanon from Climate Change dissemination event
© 2016 Ministry of Environment