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Kuwait’s inferno: how will the world’s hottest city survive climate change

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Road to ruin? … labourers at work on the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah causeway in Kuwait City in February. Photograph: Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty

Malls and office complexes continue to spring up in Kuwait City, built by migrants often working illegally in soaring temperatures. But as oil and water reserves dwindle, the energy-guzzling citystate heads for an existential crisis

August 18, 2017 — It is 9am and the temperature in Kuwait City is 45°C and rising, but already people working outside. A row of litter-pickers are already hard at work along a coastal highway, their Continue reading Kuwait’s inferno: how will the world’s hottest city survive climate change

Saudi Arabia warns UN over 1.5C climate study

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Riyadh is primed for reform (Pic: Hamza82/Flickr)

Riyadh says IPCC must retain independence from political process, and will not be able to offer full picture of climate challenges for governments

September 12, 2016 — Science should not be the sole basis on which efforts to tackle climate change are assessed, the Saudi Arabian government has said in a letter to the UN.  Continue reading Saudi Arabia warns UN over 1.5C climate study

80% of world’s city dwellers breathing bad air

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AIR POLLUTION. Vehicles travel through a main thoroughfare during a smoggy day in Beijing, China, April 13, 2016. File photo by Wu Hong/EPA

WHO also discovers that air quality is generally improving in Europe and North America, but worsening in the Middle East and Southeast Asia

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 12, 2016) — Over 80% of the world’s city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report warned Thursday, May 12. Continue reading 80% of world’s city dwellers breathing bad air

Global water shortages to deliver ‘severe hit’ to economies

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Across the Horn of Africa, millions have been hit by the severe El Niño-related drought. The region is among those projected to take a big hit to GDP by 2050 because of water scarcity. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

The Middle East, north Africa, central Asia and south Asia due to suffer biggest economic hit from water scarcity as climate change takes hold, report finds

May 3, 2016 — Water shortages will deliver a “severe hit” to the economies of the Middle East, central Asia, and Africa by the middle of the century, taking double digits off their GDP, the World Bank warned on Tuesday. Continue reading Global water shortages to deliver ‘severe hit’ to economies

Western security services probe ISIS identity leak reports

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ISIS DOCUMENTS? A video grab obtained in London from footage released by Sky News on March 10, 2016 shows printed documents arranged for a report on a cache of leaked documents allegedly containing the personal details of some 22,000 Islamic State members. Image by Sky News/AFP
The documents contain details like names, dates of birth and phone numbers for people from 51 countries including from Britain, northern Europe, the Middle East, north Africa, the United States and Canada

LONDON, United Kingdom (Mar. 11, 2016) — Western intelligence services examined on Thursday, March 10, a potential treasure trove of leaked ISIS registration documents, some of which were deemed likely to be authentic by the German intelligence service despite the doubts of many experts.

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Middle East Summers Could Become Unlivable By End of Century

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The “father of global warming” has a dire warning for people living in hot, tropical locales

March 2, 2016 — James Hansen has a dire warning for the Middle East and tropical areas: Summer is coming.

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Syria’s drought ‘has likely been its worst in 900 years’

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Farmers ride in their tractor in the drought-hit region of Hasaka in north-eastern Syria. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images
New findings show a ‘convergence of evidence’ that climate change has influenced the Syrian drought, Climate Central reports

March 2, 2016 — The relentless flow of refugees from the Middle East into Europe continues to raise tensions across the region.

Continue reading Syria’s drought ‘has likely been its worst in 900 years’

EU ‘gives Greece 3 months’ to strengthen border against migrants

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‘STRENGTHEN BORDER.’ Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry at the port of Piraeus coming from the island of Lesvos, Greece, February 10, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA
The decision is the culmination of weeks of pressure on Greece, the main gateway for the million refugees and migrants who entered Europe last year

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 13, 2016) — EU member states on Friday, February 12 gave Greece a 3-month ultimatum to remedy “deficiencies” in controlling the influx of migrants or effectively face suspension from the Schengen passport-free zone.

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