People of the Mediterranean countries know only too well that every summer coincides with mighty forests fires that sometime take days to put out. These peoples have always lived within the Mediterranean Woodland and Forest ecoregion stretches from the coastal plains to the hills of northern Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, and eventually surrounds of the […]
Human Wrongs Watch posted this article of the United Nations on the International Diversity Day that was celebrated yesterday May 22nd, 2018 quoting Secretary-General António Guterres’s message that highlighted that the welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth”. For that to happen, would it […]
The MENA region is made at 90% of arid lands with harsh climate. Arable lands have since time immemorial been receding before a desertification that is increasingly visual despite the commendable efforts to contain it and or even through operations such as Greening the world’s deserts. This gives a particular view on the engaged fight against desertification notably through turning desert lands into fertile productive agricultural lands. Such operations do apparently have ways unknown till now of affecting this ‘Living Skin of the Desert’ and the Environment.
Meanwhile, desertification is a worldwide phenomenon afflicting countries all over the world according to ecoMENA and the desert is making a comeback in the Middle East, with fertile lands turning into barren wastes. According to United Nation’s Development Program’s 2009 Arab Human Development Report, desertification is threatening around one-fifth of the MENA region.
In the aftermath of the COP21 of last December, it is felt that for the Agreement on Climate Change to bear fruits, many things need to be looked after. Numerous think-tanks, researchers and investors debated the risks related to a low-carbon world economy. These New Types of Stranded Asset Risks are, needless to say, as real for any part of the world as can be assessed at this stage. The MENA region although being the location of the world’s main fossil oil production and reserves grounds, does with respect to Climate Change, know similar faith.
As rightly elaborated on by NASA, “The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives.” Or, is it only Small Variations in Earth’s Orbit, could it be something else like say, the Brexit referendum outcome ?
Sustainability all over the GCC . . .
A Dubai-based developer company is looking to acquire land in Dubailand to start its sustainable and affordable residential project this summer. The project of residential buildings with sustainable features such as solar power with 10 MW peak and water recycling. No details on the project cost and timelines are available yet.
The first phase of the project comprised of the construction of a biodome greenhouse, a community mall, equestrian centre, as well as cycling and jogging tracks . . .
Temperatures Rise Above 46 Degrees C in Algeria . . . 24/7 Wall St produced this article where it is reported that earlier this month, a town in Algeria together with an other one in India had the highest temperature in the world. It is the town of Ouargla, 539 kms south-east of Algiers that had an ambient […]