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Issue 49 - July 2016
Joining dozens of countries around the world, the Lebanese private sector and non-state actors are taking on climate change; on Saturday June 18, NGOs, companies, institutional organizations gathered for the inauguration of the Lebanon Climate Act. 

The Lebanon Climate Act is an initiative which aims at catalyzing the involvement of the private sector in addressing climate change challenges in Lebanon; the company or non-state actor can commit to a practical climate initiative to scale low-carbon solutions pertaining to energy, water, transport, waste, forestry or agriculture, or support NGOs who have similar climate endeavors. A series of quarterly scheduled sessions which aim at enabling companies to plan and implement the climate-related projects will be available.

This initiative is led by the Green Mind, in partnership with UNDP and the Central Bank, and the launch took place at USJ with a power panel made up of the Central Bank governor Mr. Riad Salameh, the CEO of Renault-Nissau Alliance Mr. Carlos Ghosn, UNDP's country director Mr. Luca Renda, and the president of Green Mind Ms. Nada Zaarour. For more information, click here.
Northwest Passage
Because of melting ice caps in the North Pole, ships can pass through the northwest passage for the first time in centuries
26 July, 2016

First Meeting on the Implementation of Lebanon's INDC @ Movenpick


The number of years in which the world has broken the record for hottest year in a row, with 2016 in the lead
Add it to the Guinness Book!
The Indian State of Uttar Pradesh is planning a marathon, but not the one that you think. They are actually aiming at breaking the record of planting the most trees in a day; 50 million trees in 24 hours! A lot of people are involved and it's going to be a crazy day, thumbs up! Click here for more information.
Unexpected occupational hazard?
To be an environment or a climate change activist apparently has its risks: "an environmental defender was assassinated every other day in 2015". And lately, the most dangerous place for activists is Brazil, the incidents are taking place over mining, agribusiness and dam projects. Click here for more.
"The Denial of Global Warming", Chapter 6, Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes
Climate change is expected to increase extreme weather events, both in quantity and intensity. In early July, Typhoon Nepartak hit the island of Taiwan with winds of 234 km/h. Severe damages followed.
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