Environment and Climate

Workers sort recyclable materials from trash at a landfill centre near the town of Zahle, in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, on November 25, 2010 [Getty Images]
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In the midst of a national catastrophe, one NGO in Lebanon has provided a route out from abjection for Lebanese citizens, by promoting a community-wide programme that offers aid in exchange for recyclable materials.
Grey clouds in Dubai
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Several Arab countries in the Persian Gulf are pouring money into a new technology straight from science fiction: cloud seeding. This approach to weather modification aims to increase precipitation, a game-changer for one of the most parched regions.
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Serious risks to public health and the environment are being posed by gold mining in Sudan. The government is failing to provide regulatory safeguards to curb the devastating and polluting impact of the lucrative industry.
Environment and climate Afghanistan
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The Taliban's ascent has significant implications for environmental protection in Afghanistan. The militants cannot afford to ignore the consequences of climate change and need to confront the same cascade of issues that plagued their predecessors.
Yemen's water shortages has crippled an already broken society [Getty Images]
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As the six-year conflict shows no signs of abating and climate change continues to impact land and families, millions in Yemen could fall deeper into what may eventually become a forgotten crisis.
Libyans dive into the Mediterranean sea
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Two paradoxical environmental issues battering Libya include flooding and water scarcity. Solving these problems and preparing the country for climate change will require concerted action from Libya's internal kingmakers and fractious coalitions.
Unprecedented wildfires have ravaged the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa in recent weeks [Getty Images]
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In recent weeks, wildfires have ravaged the countryside of North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, resulting in human and livestock casualties, scorching the earth beyond repair. After the damning IPCC report, what can we do, or is it too late?
Insects Lebanon
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Lebanon's pine nut trade is being devastated by western conifer seed bugs, a species native to the Western United States and parts of Eurasia that was most likely brought into the country in timber shipments, leaving growers in a precarious position.
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Environment and Climate: One-humped camels can survive weeks in arid climates without water. A recent study at Bristol University reveals the secret behind this ability, which may have important ramifications in the context of climate change.
Land in Somalia
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Entrepreneurial Somalis intent on rebuilding their country are investing in renewable energy to fuel Somalia's power grid through sustainable development, but the ongoing conflict and limited finances create significant challenges for this project.