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Lebanon ratified the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean

On 31 August 2017, Lebanon ratified the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean (ICZM). This protocol aims at reinforcing the implementation of the law to protect Lebanon’s environment (244/2002) which stipulates safeguarding our coast and our marine resources against pollution, as the Lebanese coastal line is subjected to myriad violations tampering with its water, its fisheries, its shores, its …

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What Do Birds Do During a Total Eclipse?

By Benjamin Van Doren, Andrew Farnsworth, and Ian Davies Approximately every 18 months a total solar eclipse is visible somewhere on the surface of the Earth. During previous total solar eclipses, numerous observers have reported interesting animal behavior—especially describing birds. With the advent of citizen science and projects like eBird, we now have the opportunity to examine bird behaviors as reported by a large number …

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What Happens to Birds In Hurricanes? Watch Irma’s impact

Hurricane Irma has transported numerous species of birds far from their normal haunts. Significant storms like this (for example, Irene in 2011, or Harvey last month) often trap (or ‘entrain’) birds in their circulation, depositing them far from where they originated. We still do not fully understand many of the mechanisms involved in birds getting ‘entrained’ and then deposited by storms, which is one reason why …

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Lebanon’s President signs animal welfare law into effect

With the signature of His Excellency President Michel Aoun, the Animal Protection and Welfare Law is enacted and today animal abuse is illegal in Lebanon! Lebanon now has a strong and comprehensive law to give animals legal protection and make animal abuse a punishable crime. This is a great day for Lebanon, for Animals Lebanon, and most importantly for the animals. Society …

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News in Photos: Hilarious Wild Animals!

The natural world can be a dangerous and terrifying place, yet sometimes it can also be absolutely hilarious. From frogs hitching rides on snails’ backs to pelicans throwing wild beach parties, the image gallery below will show you Mother Nature’s lesser-known funny side. 1. Is there any bed more comfortable than a lily pad? 2. Even amphibians get tired of …

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Feathers in Flames: the species being snuffed out by forest fires

A provocative new art exhibition, provided thanks to Saatchi, shows the true cost of the man-made forest fires in Indonesia. By Alex Dale Indonesia’s rainforests are some of the oldest in the world, and some of the most diverse, too. Despite the archipelago occupying just 1% of the world’s land area, over 10% of the world’s plant and bird species …

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Five neat tricks to keep your cat from attacking birds

In Canada, as in many countries, domestic cats are a major cause of garden bird mortality. But with a little adjustment, it’s possible to create an environment that is safer and healthier for felines and finches alike. BirdLife Partner Nature Canada’s Cats & Birds campaign shows you how By Alex Dale For cat owners, is there a more comforting sound …

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Save Enfeh the potential endangered ancient salt pools and beach

On 9 May 2017 , at American University of Beirut ( AUB ) Architect & Landscape Department , lead by Professor Architect Gabriella Maria , jury reviewed with student, professors & experts , the students visions and proposals for saving Enfeh , potential Endangered ancient salt pools and beach front at East Mediterranean Coast of Lebanon , important for migrating …

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Nations Meet in Bonn to Take Forward Guidelines for Fully Implementing Paris Agreement

In a next round of UN climate change negotiations, nations are meeting from 8 – 18 May 2017 to further develop the guidelines needed to fully implement the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement now and over the decades to come. Issues under discussion range from ensuring transparency on the reporting of climate action by nations to the provision of …

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Winner and Highly Commended Finalists – Global Wetlands Youth Photo Contest 2017

“Wetlands that help us cope with extreme weather events” was the theme of the Wetlands Youth Photo contest, organized by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands from 2 February to 2 March 2017. Due to climate change, extreme weather events such as storms, floods and droughts are on the increase. When well-managed, healthy wetlands absorb and store excess rainfall and store …

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