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Let’s not plunder the future 2/12/2012
177 Demand for life-supporting goods and services in the Arab countries is twice the potential renewable resourcesthat their ecosystemscan provide. ...more
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Morocco in the eye of the sun 1/11/2012
176 Morocco in the eye of the sun (editorial by Najib Saab) Success of Doha climate summit is a responsibility of Arab countries AFED’s memo to Arab leaders ...more
171
Environment Carnival 1/6/2012
171 Will the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) turn to an environment Carnival? Most likely, yes. The Conference is not expected to come out with any real commitments. ...more
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Water: a looming disaster? 2/1/2012
166-167 While addressing a session on water security during the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi, I was afraid to end up reiterating already known information. But I discovered that the Arabs still need to know a lot about this subject. ...more
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Green economy and freedom 2/10/2011
163 Less than two months after the decision of the board of trustees of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), a year ago, to select “Green Economy” as the theme for the 2011annual report, uprisings broke up in the region as part of what was termed the Arab Spring. ...more
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Green Economy for a Changing Arab World 2/7/2011
160-161 The Arab Spring, which started in early December 2010, has been at the center of global news coverage. The topic of AFED 2011 report is not unrelated to these events. We hope for the Arab Spring to usher in a new direction for economic and environmental sustainability. At the moment the prospects are not good for either one. ...more
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Lessons from China 2/1/2011
154-155 The title of the paper distributed by China on the last day of the Cancún Conference on climate change clearly reflected the whereabouts of negotiations: “While we continue to talk, China is working”. It asserts that states should not fail to take practical measures to address the challenges of climate change while waiting to reach legally binding agreements. It also details China’s programs for energy conservation, use of renewable energy and reduction of emissions from conventional energy sources, including a 20-40% reduction of emissions from burning coal for electricity generation. ...more
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Water apocalypse, now 1/6/2010
147 Taking advantage of astounding Arab apathy, African countries of the Nile Basin met in the absence of Egypt and Sudan to agree on a plan for sharing the Nile water. Ethiopia, which is the source of 85 percent of the Blue Nile, is only able to utilize a small portion of this water for irrigation. Nevertheless, it is demanding the right to construct dams on the Nile for the generation of electricity, to be in turn exported to Europe. What is precarious is the notion of asking for a “fair share” fro ...more
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Can less be more and small be beautiful? 3/4/2010
145 In 1866 Daniel Bliss founded an independent college for higher education, at a small house in Ras Beirut, which accommodated 16 students. This was the first building block for the American University in Beirut (AUB) which became the leading educational institution in the Arab world. ...more
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China and USA: two giants controlling the World’s Climate 1/1/2010
142 The main outcome from the Copenhagen climate summit may turn out to be the Chinese-American accord that will probably mark the 21st century. The agreement between the old and new super powers, at the last minutes of negotiations, can be considered as a coup that not only marginalized the developing nations but also sidelined t ...more
 
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