Environment and Climate

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.
This picture taken on June 10, 2021 shows an aerial view of Libya's Farwa Island [Getty Images]
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A relative lull in the Libyan conflict has meant aquaculture prospectors have travelled to the remote Farwa Island in search of economic opportunity, causing ecological damage and degradation to the once unspoilt area.
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.
Environment and Climate
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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.