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Biodiversity in a Changing Climate

Human survival and wellbeing depend upon biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, and the goods and services they provide. Yet, in recent decades, the world has experienced unprecedented biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, undermining the very foundations of life on Earth. Rapid demographic changes, over-­consumption, and the use of technologies that damage the environment, now combined with climate change, are pushing our planet to its limits. According to a recent World Wildlife Foundation’s study, current species extinction rates are estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times...

Biomass in Egypt: Win or Waste?

Efficiently managed biomass offers a huge potential with vast economic and environmental benefits in Egypt. It can be used to produce alternative fuels such as biogas that can be utilized to generate heat, electricity, and high quality organic fertilizer. As promising as this renewable energy resource is, bioenergy contributes to ten percent of the global energy mix but to only one percent of Egypt’s energy mix.
“By 2050, Germany wants to cover 80% of our electricity demand with renewable energies which amounts to a radical transformation of our energy sector”, H.E. Julius Georg Luy...

El Shallal Area - next to Philae Lake - Aswan, Egypt. Taken by Watter Al Bahry - May 2014.

COP22: Fostering Climate Change Resilience in Egypt

From November 7th to 18th 2016, world leaders assembled in Marrakech for the 22nd annual climate change conference, known as COP’22, to come up with an action plan for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Despite the uncertainty caused by Donald Trump’s pledge for the US to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, many leaders chose to look ahead, and reinforce their commitment to the Agreement.

A few weeks prior to the COP’22 round of negotiations, the Paris Agreement came into force and became international law after 55 countries responsible for 55% of total greenhouse gas...