Monthly Archives: April 2014

Delays in finding a solution for waste crisis

The waste crisis in Lebanon needs to be addressed without being further delay because the contracts of the companies that manage the waste will expire in a year. President of El Ard NGO Paul Abi Rached claims that an old waste plan proposed in 2010 did not reduce adverse environmental impact because the plan was based on “burn first” rather than reuse.

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Green Space in Beirut

As part of its plan to increase green spaces in Beirut, the Beirut Municipality has been purchasing property in residential areas to build parks and other green spaces. One of these parks will be located in Lebanon Street in Achrafiyeh and will be named after the Beirut Bishop Elias Audi. In an interview the Vice President of the Municipal Council, Nadim Abu Rizk stated “The proposed design is consistent with the urban fabric of this neighborhood.”

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The Economic Impact of Climate Change in Kfardebian

The lack of Snow in Kfardebian this winter has had an adverse economic impact on the town. The low number of tourists has affected local businesses and the local labor market. Many locals were normally employed by the hotel and ski resort, but this was not the case this year; about 700 families in the area are reliant on this employment.

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Environment minister slams illegal quarries

Environment Minister called on Monday for the immediate halt of work in illegal and stone quarries. He urged actions to be carried out prevent such activities. It is believed that there are about 80 illegal stone and sand quarries in Lebanon that are causing severe environmental damage.

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Grassroots plot to tackle carbon emissions

Save Energy Plant Trees (SEPT) organized a tree planting event which resulted in the plantation of about 550 tree saplings. Species planted were junipers, cedars, and abies. Some experts claim that the juniper can offset as much as 50 tons of carbon dioxide per year. The SEPT president Pierre Haddad puts this figure at only 5 tons per year

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Ministry of Energy and Water have not recieved request to stop dam Construction from Ministry of Environment

The information office of the Ministry of Energy and Water declared that they have not received the request to stop working on the Jennah Dam project from the Minister of Environment Mohammed Mashnouk. The information office also declared that the environmental studies conducted by the Ministry of Environment have been refuted by other technical studies. In addition other studies have concluded the dam will be beneficial with mostly positive impacts.

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