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Issue 52 - October 2016
Enabling the private sector to contribute to climate action just got more concrete. The first workshop of the Business Knowledge Platform (BKP) of the Lebanon Climate Act (LCA) took place on October 4, and which aimed at helping private businesses to determine their level of engagement according to their priorities, current activities and available resources. Companies were briefed on how can climate change be a strategic business opportunity, how to incorporate climate action into business agendas etc. This is the first of four workshops in the Lebanon Climate Act roadmap, click here for more.

We are getting so used to climate achievements that not one month goes by without one; the double threshold for the Paris Agreement to enter into force has been satisfied, over 55 Parties covering more than 55% of global emissions have ratified, and the it is still counting. The next steps are crucial, Parties need to efficiently start the work on the provisions of the agreement. Click here for the UNFCCC press release.

CMA
Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement 
7-18 November, 2016 

22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22), Marrakech, Morocco

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Millions of people will be pushed into extreme poverty by 2030 because of climate change, click here for more.
A relationship we do not wish for
Climate change is affecting the hurricanes and typhoon's destructive force to the worst, as hurricane Matthew demonstrated, but it might also be influencing other Earth systems: some studies have shown that "the erosion of landslides caused by torrential rains reduces the weight on faults" which makes it easier for them to move and cause earthquakes. Also, some volcanoes are sensitive to sea level changes. Click here for more information.
Montreal protocol for climate change
Another landmark agreement reached; the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol have agreed that developed Parties commit to begin a phasedown of HFCs (a powerful greenhouse gas) by 2019, and developing country Parties such as China, Brazil and India, have pledged to freeze HFC consumption by 2024 or 2028. Click here to access more information on the historic deal.
Legal Note: Could a Future President Reverse US Approval of the Paris Agreement? Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Daniel Bodansky, October 2016
Hurricane Matthew killed thousands of people in the Caribbean, and left 1 million people without power in Florida.

Photo credit: NOAA/NASA
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