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Issue 46 - April 2016
You need not worry about water not being a priority in climate change agendas, because COP21 guaranteed its future; the Lebanese government, along with 290 other entities, has signed the Paris Pact on Water and Adaptation which aims at strengthening adaptation in basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers through reinforced capacity development and governance, adaptation of basin management planning to climate change and adequate financing. Click here for more information.

EDGE is a climate change-related certification from the IFC - World Bank "that encourages resource-efficient building growth by proving the business case for building green" and allowing all types of buildings whether residential or commercial to calculate savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To receive the certification, the building must produce 20% less energy, 20% less water and 20% less embodied energy in materials compared to the base case. Click here to test it on any building you like, and who knows, the building might already be on its way to sustainability! 
Hockey Stick
The name given to a graph plotting the average temperature over the last 1,000 years. The line bends sharply upwards for the last 100 years, linking climate change to man-made actions
22 April, 2016

Signing of the Paris Agreement in New York

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The number of tube stations in London at high risk of flooding due to climate change
Santa Claus is moving
Everyone is on Santa's naughty list this year; we made him change homes. The North Pole has always been known to move, but since 2000, the shift is dramatic and is heading towards England; "as ice melts and aquifers are drained, Earth's distribution of mass is changing, and with it, the position of the planet's spin axis". Click here for more.
Sale on your diving equipment
Not to sound like the bearer of bad news here, but the speed at which sea level is rising, well, is much higher than previously thought. "Collapsing Antarctic ice sheets are expected to double sea-level rise to 2 meters by 2100, if emissions are not cut". So start gearing up and sign up for scuba lessons. Click here for more.
"In the Levant region, the recent drought (1998-2012) exceeds what they have seen in the past 900 years". Click here for more on the drought that hit Lebanon and the region.

Photo credit: Katia Christodoulou/epa/Corbis
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