Climate Change in the Middle East & North Africa

Climate change is already affecting the Arab World in dire ways. It will cause extreme heat to spread across more of the land for longer periods of time, making some regions unlivable and reducing growing areas for agriculture. Cities will feel an increasing heat island effect and most capital cities in the Middle East could face four months of exceedingly hot days every year. Rising temperatures will put intense pressure on crops and already scarce water resources, potentially increasing migration and the risk of conflict.

 

 

 

Arab World countries have some of the highest wind and solar energy potentials in the world. Exploiting this wind and solar potential would strongly help Arab countries, enabling them to decrease the vulnerability of their existing energy systems Using wind and solar energy will also increase electricity production, which is important as demand in the majority of the countries is expected to increase steeply in coming decades due to demographic and economic development as well as to the increasing need for space cooling as temperatures rise.

 

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A Brighter Future for Morocco’s Interior Powered by the Sun

 

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Morocco to Make History with First-of-Its-Kind Solar Plant

 

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Middle East moves from power cuts to sustainable energy and lower emissions

 

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Egypt’s Extra Electricity to Power More than Five Million Households

 

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Renewable energy export-import: a win-win for the EU and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa is the most water stressed region in the world. The combination of rapid population growth and urbanization will put increased pressure on already scarce natural water resources. With rainfall projected to decline by 20 to 40% in a 2°C hotter world, and up to 60% in a 4°C world, the region’s capacity to provide water to its people and economies will be harshly tested. 

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By the numbers: Facts about water crisis in the Arab World

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What should Jordan’s irrigation agency do to keep supplying water?

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Water in the Arab world: From droughts to flood, building resilience against extremes

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#Wateris disappearing in Jordan – how?

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Future Impact of Climate Change Visible Now in Yemen

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Yemen: so critically short of water in war that children are dying fetching it

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Making Every Drop Count: Reducing Water Loss in the Middle East

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Results: Gaza Emergency Water Project

With 70 percent of the region’s agricultural production rain-fed, the sector is highly vulnerable to fluctuations in temperature and precipitation as a result of climate change. Impacts will vary, but it is often poorer, rural communities that are hit hardest by lost crops and livestock. Climate-smart agriculture can protect livelihoods while making the sector more sustainable and resilient.

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Growing Morocco’s Agricultural Potential

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Green Growth: Putting Morocco in the Lead against Climate Change

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Interview with Hafez Ghanem on Agriculture and Security

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Supporting small farmers in Morocco

The region is already suffering the impacts of climate change, and models predict it will only get worse. Temperatures will continue to rise and rainfall decline, while droughts will be longer, deeper, and more frequent. Countries are aware of the dangers and have begun taking action, but it will take the involvement of all segments of society to meet the climate challenges ahead.

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Waste Management Key to Regaining Public Trust in the Arab World

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Oman’s Fishery Management Dives into 21st-Century Waters

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#YouStink: The environmental youth movement in Lebanon

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Safe Waste Management & Clean Environment for Gaza