Environment

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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Centuries of tree taxonomy informs today’s restoration

Have you ever asked yourself, “what kind of tree is this?” Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) has – 60,065 times.  BGCI just created a database called GlobalTreeSearch to help answer this question, and to support global research, conservation, and botanically-based interventions including forest landscape restoration (FLR). Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the organisation that represents the world’s botanic gardens, engaged …

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Earth Hour 2017: UNITING PEOPLE TO PROTECT THE PLANET

  An unprecedented 187 countries and territories came together for WWF’s Earth Hour on Saturday 25 March to take a stand for climate action. More than 3,000 landmarks switched off their lights and millions of individuals, businesses and organizations across seven continents stepped forward to change climate change. Online, #EarthHour and related terms generated over 1.1 billion impressions in 24 …

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Forests key to mitigating climate change

Drought and unsustainable practices are placing forests at risk, yet they are crucial to the reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions that fuel global warming. By Tim Radford Researchers have reminded the world’s governments that forests will play a vital role in mitigating the effects of climate change – provided policies are robustly pursued and reported with transparency. But even …

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Pesticides are “global human rights concern”, say UN experts urging new treaty

Two United Nations experts are calling for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides in farming, and move towards sustainable agricultural practices. They say: “excessive use of pesticides are very dangerous to human health, to the environment and it is misleading to claim they are vital to ensuring food security.” The Special …

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States must fulfil human rights obligations in protecting biodiversity, UN expert urges

Governments around the world are being urged by a United Nations expert to fulfil their human rights obligations to protect the world’s irreplaceable plants and animals. Speaking ahead of World Wildlife Day on Friday 3 March, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John H. Knox, said: “The rapid loss of biological diversity around the world should …

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“Lebanon Climate Act” Encourage NGOs and Municipalities to design innovative climate change projects

Lebanon Climate Act initiative organized on the 10th of February 2017, a training session for private companies, NGOs and Municipalities, at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon. This session is the second round of a series of sessions aiming to deepen the knowledge about the mechanisms to tackle climate change, and …

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WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative bulletin

Mediterranean MPA Forum 2016 The Mediterranean MPA Forum, organised by MedPAN and RAC/SPA, together with many international and regional partners was held in Tangiers, Morocco, 28 November to 1 December. Forum participants agreed to the Tangier Declaration – a series of recommendations to improve the regional MPA network. Recommendations include the need to reach at least 2% of no-take zones …

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Clean Up the Med 2017 campaign to protect the Mediterranean environment

  As you know participation in environmental activities is extremely influential to change the world. We are all significant and valuable. We would like to draw your attention about an appeal made by Legambiente during the 22th Marrakech Climate Change Conference in order to coordinate a ban on plastic carrier bags below 100 microns except bags for primary transport (i.e. …

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Lebanon’s Struggling Electricity Sector

BY ADEL SERHAL Energy security is often brought up in news, reports and studies as one of, if flot the most important risks that most countries are actively seeking to mitigate by ail means. While the measures to achieve this might vary, the objective is mainly one: to ensure the availability of supply to consumer, whenever, wherever and however needed …

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