Environment and Climate

A Palestinian fisherman prepares his fishnets along a beach off the Mediterranean Sea in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on September 2, 2020. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)
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In response to Gaza's environmental crisis, Palestinians have helped to mitigate its effects by setting up a number of recycling initiatives. The New Arab speaks with the proponents of the scheme and how they help foster a new culture of recycling.
A Somali woman gestures after filling water cans tied to a donkey at a traditional cistern for harvesting rainwater, called a berkad, made by the Irish charity Concern-Worldwide as the Horn of Africa faces severe drought in Carro-Yaambo, a village 20 miles west of the capital Hargeisa, Somalia [Getty Images]
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The southern and central regions of Somalia are in the grip of a severe drought. The UN has warned that 7.7 million Somalis may be at risk of starvation within a year if emergency action is not taken.
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Tunisia's waste crisis is escalating as the government fails to act. With over half the country's landfill sites having reached capacity protests are raging as the overspill of domestic and toxic waste threatens the health of communities.
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrives for the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 at SECC on November 1, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. 2021 sees the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference [Getty Images]
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While COP26 brought about some consensus, many activists felt that the summit largely maintained a status quo whereby highly developed countries determine the agenda. But how has Qatar responded, and what initiatives have they implemented at home?
Aerial view of a Moroccan man or farmer working on a field [Getty]
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As leaders continue to convene at the COP26 summit to address the globe's worsening climate conditions, the gulf in emphasis between the Global North and South continues to infuriate, with those in the Maghreb particularly enraged by their apathy.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (R) greet Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as they arrive for day two of COP26 at SECC on November 1, 2021
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Given the pressing nature of this year's extraordinary climate disruption, climate organisers have called on world leaders to act decisively at COP26. But how has the Arab world conducted themselves, many of whom benefit from greenhouse emissions?
People cool themselves off as a tourist rides a horse at Clifton beach in Karachi, Pakistan
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A Pakistani student-led initiative have started organising community clean ups of Karachi's beaches with the aim to increase awareness about Pakistan's climate crisis, and urge the government to act more decisively.
Some of 26 ice sculptures of children installed on New Brighton Beach begin to melt, as ice statues of children were installed as part of a giant sand artwork on New Brighton Beach to highlight global warming [Getty Images]
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Vulnerable demographics will be the first to experience the knock-on effects of the climate crisis, none more so than children. With environmental factors responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million children under 5, the need to act now is paramount.
A young boy seen selling clean water in a shop. Lebanon host over a million of refugees that had fled from the neighbouring country seeking safety [Getty Images]
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Amid further societal capitulation, Lebanon now faces the resurfacing of a water crisis that has placed families under renewed stress. The New Arab speaks with activists about their attempts to shed light on the issue.
Marsh Arab villages of woven reed houses on small islands dot the landscape where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers meet at the legendary site of the Garden of Eden [Getty Images]
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One of Iraq's most enchanting ecological treasures, the Mesopotamian Marshes, is under severe threat from increased environmental degradation, having endured the wrath of Saddam and now the consequences of climate change.